|97 ft / 30 m||8 storeys||!|
|Status: Pre-Construction||Completion: TBD|
Category: Condo, Retail
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.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.