UC is definitely not better. Perhaps they are equally as bad. There's just a nicer feel and look to Streetcar's common areas: i.e. some thought goes into design and how they are maintained and the lifespan of materials, like carpet.
I see it less as 'taking cues' than a hackneyed rip-off of a nearby building by a far superior firm. This sort of thing is far more common than you might think unfortunately.Seems from the elevation that the Don Roadway bits take cues from River City across the way. Promising.
Would something dull like what you see on the Queen side of this development be more appropriate then? Is it not better to have tried and failed [to do something interesting] than to have not done anything at all?I see it less as 'taking cues' than a hackneyed rip-off of a nearby building by a far superior firm. This sort of thing is far more common than you might think unfortunately.
You would be correct in this assumptionSite plans are up on the development tracker -- it looks like the first phase will include a car dealership and servicing as the ground floor retail - perhaps consolidating all of the Downtown Automotive Group properties into one location - the Nissan and Infiniti in Corktown, the new Downtown Hyundai on Broadview/Eastern, and the existing Toyota dealership.
The second phase includes the grocery store and a daycare. The grocery store in the second phase isn't that large - about 17,500 sq. ft.
You act as if my criticisms are from out of left field. Read up on my past posts. I'm critical of many developers. Not just Streetcar. Attention to detail, quality of materials and such are not commonplace in their projects. They're a smaller builder that's masterplanning an entire community. Something they haven't done before. So yea...I'm going to have some concerns.What's alarming is your selective memory. As I've said before, they did a good job with the Trinity Lofts, where I lived, and I've heard mostly good things about their buildings from actual residents, as opposed to the forum trolls and angry neighbours that you've quoted before (the realtor seemed a bit more credible, I'll give you that). They design good mid-rise buildings that integrate well in their neighbourhoods, often infill. Seriously, what do you have against Streetcar that you can't waste any opportunity to badmouth them, even about projects that haven't even been built?
Yes, I also walk past Streetcar buildings and see many things that SHOULD have been better (and probably at only a small extra cost.) Not major things but far too many small ones. (Both in design and in execution.)If you look at the quality of Streetcar's buildings in Corktown, it looks pretty bad. It looks still under construction because there are so many defects. I'm surprised buyers would accept that but I guess they do. I'd be very concerned about buying a condo from them. Check the buildings on King East, before you buy and see if the quality is acceptable to you. It's not even close to acceptable for me.