I'm not going to disagree with this as it makes perfect sense, but in custom residential (so, people with way less money) the architect usually overrides the client's budgetary considerations when making decisions based on finishes. It's usually the architect's way goes. I mean, there are discussions, of course, but usually, the architect gets what they want in terms of, say, exterior finishes.It's the developer: they set the budget. It's the developer: they set the budget. It's the developer: they set the budget. It's the developer: they set the budget.
That is unadulterated trash!
This has a huge amount of retail in it and will become a bit of a neighbourhood focus. The Fort York area to the west is especially under retailed, this brings a grocery store and much more much closer to that community.^^^Lake Shore and Bathurst are like expressways down there. The existing condos haven't created vibrancy. These won't either.
It's a false dicotomy - vibrancy does not exclude aesthetic excellence. In fact, well executed buildings that is pleasing to the senses can draw people in above and beyond what density alone would offer.Not everything is about the looks..cant wait to see the vibrancy this development is going to create down there
The grocery store component has little to do with the condos per se - as @ProjectEnd mentioned, that portion is overseen by aA.The existing condos don’t have a huge grocery store though. Also the retail under the gardiner I think will feel like quite a change.