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9 Hewitt is the church and I don't see this happen at all. I would opposed to see it removed as any new square box will not replace the current look.

Crews were surveying the site today.

Only a driveway can be built off Howard Park, as it is needed for the other buildings.

This the current location of Turner & Porter Funnel home with 2 existing 2 story buildings. It would be a good infill for the area.

The earliest I can see this thing built is about 2016 or later unless it is cheaper than the 60 Howard Park project that was suppose to see construction in June. The existing tenants are still there and don't expect to see construction started on it until the summer of 2013.
 

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looking forward to seeing the architectural design. this is a nice development site.
 

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Also looking forward to the design, Tact has been producing some fine buildings. The Roncy/Dundas/Howard Park Park triangle is going to be an reinvented area of interesting new additions when all is done.
 

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The funeral home facade is fairly attractive. It's not spectacular, but it arguably befits the streetscape more than the sterile, monotonous, and relatively long facade of High Park Lofts across the street. If not preserved or without a superb replacement facade with excellent materials, then we'll probably see a decline in the appearance of the streetscape. There's no reason that the interesting part of Roncesvalles should clearly be the low-rise blocks further south from when Toronto was a smaller city; yet that's what often happens when a historic area sees several condo developments today, for instance in the Queen and Gladstone area. The condos don't really enhance the street or bring it to a new plateau of architecture reflective of the city's more prominent metropolitan identity--only the scale is bigger. This issue should be identified by the developer and city to ensure preservation of what matters in terms of the built form and improvements overall with new development. This responsibility is part of the privilege of property development.
 
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The Bay could build a department store at the Turner & Porter site at Roncesvalles, like Simpsons did at Turner & Porter's original site at 9 & 11 Queen Street West. But they did not have NIMBYs back then, they probably would try to stop them and we'll have no Simpsons or Bay store today.
 

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The funeral home facade is fairly attractive. It's not spectacular, but it arguably befits the streetscape more than the sterile, monotonous, and relatively long facade of High Park Lofts across the street. If not preserved or without a superb replacement facade with excellent materials, then we'll probably see a decline in the appearance of the streetscape. There's no reason that the interesting part of Roncesvalles should clearly be the low-rise blocks further south from when Toronto was a smaller city; yet that's what often happens when a historic area sees several condo developments today, for instance in the Queen and Gladstone area. The condos don't really enhance the street or bring it to a new plateau of architecture reflective of the city's more prominent metropolitan identity--only the scale is bigger. This issue should be identified by the developer and city to ensure preservation of what matters in terms of the built form and improvements overall with new development. This responsibility is part of the privilege of property development.
Agreed, this project is potentially disastrous if they do not devote significant attention to preserve the roncesvalles streetscape on that side of the street. High park lofts is already a disaster. In some other area of the city it might not have been horrible, but in roncesvalles it's completely contrary to the entire feeling of the neighbourhood, makes that side of the street totally unwalkable and gives a just all around awful feeling when you look at it.

With this development across the street, there's the potential to cut off the avenue completely from dundas with 2 massive facades. It would be a shame to see that happen to such a beautiful neighbourhood.
 

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This property has been bought by Worsley Urban Partners and the project is to be called 'The Roncy'. Website is here. No application in at the City yet, so no word on height, number of units, architect, etc., yet.

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