Four Points Sheraton has been officially closed. Rumours are flying that a condo proposal will soon be in the works. Either way, that property won't be sitting around for long. The former hotel was doing very well.
Hopefully, the architecture will be of good quality to enhance the sense of place because Lake Shore could be an attractive boulevard in terms of built form. It doesn't get blander or less inspired than the white grid podium of Park Lake Residences next door. That podium does nothing to animate the street; even its garage door looks cheap.
Yes, PL was supposed to be a little higher. I believe the owners of the hotel were originally aiming to increase their height, but after being refused, they opted for the facelift instead. Now that Park Lake exists, it provides a better chance of succeeding for the property next door.
What we did to Harbourfront is happening in this area now too. Soon, the lake will be virtually blocked out by all of the condos lining the Lakeshore. I am not opposed to building along the lake, but anything like Park Lake, which is already a blight, is unacceptable. Furthermore, the heights and zoning should not be purely residential, but mixed-use and lower-rise buildings. Park Lake is not only terrible from the front, it is a disaster from behind (and yes I know it faces the highway).