Riverside Square | 69m | 20s | Streetcar | RAW Design

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There are cracks and chips on much of the exterior cladding, that have never been repaired. Many parts look stained or dirty and it's been like that, from day one. I can't imagine moving into a brand new building and have it look like that. Nobody would accept that on a brand new car, so why is it acceptable on a brand new condo?
 

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There are cracks and chips on much of the exterior cladding, that have never been repaired. Many parts look stained or dirty and it's been like that, from day one. I can't imagine moving into a brand new building and have it look like that. Nobody would accept that on a brand new car, so why is it acceptable on a brand new condo?
They do it because they can. Who's going to stop them? Tarion? hahahhaha

Regardless. It's about integrity. Some of the stuff I've seen Streetcar produce is beyond them just not being capable. They just don't care...at least that's how it seems. Streetcar isn't the only dev. guilty of this either.
 

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They do it because they can. Who's going to stop them? Tarion? hahahhaha

Regardless. It's about integrity. Some of the stuff I've seen Streetcar produce is beyond them just not being capable. They just don't care...at least that's how it seems. Streetcar isn't the only dev. guilty of this either.
I'm actually hopeful for Streetcar producing a quality product. I view this developer the same way I did when Urban Capital first emerged on the scene and developed mid-rise projects such as Boutique and LTD. They weren't necessarily the best buildings out there in terms of exterior cladding and quality, but over time the quality of UC's other projects improved (e.g. River City).

I think it's a matter of mid-rise developers not necessarily having the cash flow in the early days to come out with superior products. But, as they bring more projects to market the more money they make, and in return each project thereafter receives a bigger budget on exterior finishing...

I guess The Carnaby and The Carlaw will be two projects to watch to see if this is the case, as it's Streetcar's first attempt to move away from small infill projects.
 

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Streetcar is backed by a large REIT. I wouldn't call them small anymore. I would also say quality got worse once the REIT started financing these projects.
 

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Streetcar held a proactive community with residents of The Ninety. An adjacent condo that will be impacted by the Riv Sq. development. Any Western facing views of the existing Ninety property will be significantly impacted.

This meeting was well in advance of any part of the official consultation process and was a voluntary exercise. Senior Streetcar staff presented a very substantive look at the development at this stage. This included 3-D images, animated shadow studies, transportation plan, commercial layout, design elements and more.

Could go in to a lot of detail about the meeting, it was substantive. Predictably, many residents reacted emotionally, reflexively and with some venom. It was tense at times. Interestingly, from my perspective, I thought the design was significantly well thought out about it's impact on all surrounding stakeholders. They received some positive feedback and promised to take all comments under consideration.

Have not posted photo's here before. Will give it a shot:(Please note, these are early renderings according to Streetcar, and they are not satisfied with some of the design so far. Particularily the Whiteish midrise buildingfacing Queen St. E.
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I purchased a unit in this building on the weekend and think it has a lot of potential. If the Broadview hotel is fixed up as they claim (think Drake Hotel in the west end) I can see the community rapidly changing for the better like has happened on Queen West, without the over development. Time will tell, and I have liked the work I have seen from Streetcar so far, so really hope they don't screw this up because I'm banking on it that they don't.
 

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I agree completely, only issue, aren't there a lot of shelters on Queen just past the DVP, I shouldn't say a lot, just 1 or 2 but right next to each other ?

Not that I have an issue with that at all, rather just the concentration of them (which unfortunately in the past we've had a very bad habit, as most other cities do, of concentrating these things in one place ..)
 

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There's 1 directly opposite this development on the north side of Queen. There's one over by Jimmie Simpson Park as well
 

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Community Consultation meeting tomorrow night

77-79 East Don Roadway & 661-667 Queen St. E – Community Consultation Meeting
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Place: Ralph Thornton Centre, 2nd Floor (765 Queen Street East)
 

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I liked the streetwall of the original design better :/

This area has enough parks.
I disagree - there may be some parks in the area, but only Jimmie Simpson is actually on Queen, and that's a ways away.

If Queen/Broadview is going to have this much development around it, having a big public square on Queen is a good idea
 
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