Did anyone attend the meeting last night?Upcoming Public Meeting:
1 Front St W and 141 Bay (Dominion Public Building) Redevelopment Public Meeting
Monday, April 1st, 7:00pm
Novotel Hotel, Champagne Ballroom, 45 The Esplanade
View the meeting flyer here for more information.
- City-Initiated Zoning By-law Amendment
The City has initiated a Zoning By-law amendment to relocate the as-of-right tower envelope at 1 Front St. W. to address heritage and tower separation distance issues.
- Owner Submitted Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment
The owner of the Dominion Public Building has submitted an application to permit two towers of 49 and 45 stories on top of the Dominion Public Building, containing a total of 836 residential units, 251 hotel rooms, and 8,986 sq.m. of retail space.
This report reviews and recommends refusal of the applications to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law as it does not support the role of the Financial District in maintaining office use on-site, does not provide minimum tall building setbacks, and does not conserve the scale, form and massing of the heritage Dominion Public Building. Specifically:
- The proposal is inconsistent with the Provincial Policy Statement (2014), as it sets out inappropriate development standards including the absence of maximum building densities for the subject site; elimination of building setbacks from property lines and reduced tower setbacks between buildings; the inadequate mix of land uses to meet long term needs; and has not conserved the significant heritage values of the Dominion Public Building, Union Station and the Union Station Heritage Conservation District;
- The proposal fails to conform with the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017). It does not: provide certainty on the scale and adequate transition to adjacent areas as it applies to the subject site; has not appropriately directed major office uses within the Downtown Urban Growth Centre; and does not conserve the significant heritage values of the Dominion Public Building, Union Station, and the Union Station Heritage Conservation District;
- The proposal is not consistent with the general intent of the Official Plan, as it does not focus office use in the Financial District, does not provide a built form parameter that fits within the existing and planned context, and does not conserve the significant heritage values of the Dominion Public Building, the adjacent Union Station, nor the Union Station Heritage Conservation District;
- The proposal does not maintain the intent and purpose of Official Plan Amendment 231, Official Plan Amendment 352 and Official Plan Amendment 406, particularly with respect to the elimination of existing office use on-site and the increase in residential uses beyond the as-of-right permission.
- The proposal does not address nor maintain the intent of the Council approved urban design guidelines, particularly with respect to the direction to provide a minimum 25 metres of separation distance between towers and a minimum 12.5 metre tower setback from the rear lot line; and
- The proposal does not conserve the significant heritage attributes of the Dominion Public Building as defined by the designating By-laws under Part IV and V the Ontario Heritage Act.
Well that lays a pretty good foundation for a sale to Ivanhoe Cambridge eh?Basically it's getting refused since it's eliminating office space and increasing residential permissions above existing as of right, which is prohibited in TOCore.
Good, I'm happy it was refused. I can't say that I was a fan of the design at all, the towers looked much too small for the scale of the podium. The towers were also way shorter and didn't fit with everything else around them. I was personally a huge fan of the original design which was office + hotel.
But it wouldn't work due to the heritage long room. Hence the two-tower version that was submitted.It may not have been serious, but it was still better than the Larco one, though.