West Don Lands: Block 3, 4 & 7 | 50.32m | 13s | Dream | COBE Architects

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This was sent to the West Don lands Committee by the developer last night:

As discussed, we are committed to delivering the 30% affordable rental housing for both Blocks 3,4,7 and 20 as per the terms of our ground lease with the Province of Ontario. In addition to the affordable rental units, there are a number of other community benefits that we will delivering including the following as part of Block 3,4,7 which are consistent with the materials presented to Community Council:
  • Up to 261 residential units (30% of total) to be delivered as affordable rental in a range of unit sizes (1Bdrm to 4Bdrm) for a 99-year term with the following depth of affordability:
    • 50% Units 100% AMR
    • 40% Units 80% AMR
    • 10% Units 40% AMR
  • 5,000 square foot community facility
  • 33,000 square feet of retail area
  • Approximately 1 acre of Privately Owned Public Space (POPS)
  • Delivery of a public road
  • Other benefits included in the draft Section 37 agreement. We will work with City staff to enter into an agreement to secure the above benefits.
  • Built form commitment as per the draft zoning-bylaw
 

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Interesting. I was reading Matt Elliot's City Hall Watcher newsletter (I pay for it, and like it) and noticed an interesting speculation about the MZO. Apparently residents in the Distillery District were strongly opposed to the application and were going to appeal the project to the LPAT?


Sometimes I think Residents Associations are their own worst enemy. Especially for a development like this, which I (personally) think has a level of thought, care and...uniqueness that we should hope from other projects in Toronto.
 

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Interesting. I was reading Matt Elliot's City Hall Watcher newsletter (I pay for it, and like it) and noticed an interesting speculation about the MZO. Apparently residents in the Distillery District were strongly opposed to the application and were going to appeal the project to the LPAT?


Sometimes I think Residents Associations are their own worst enemy. Especially for a development like this, which I (personally) think has a level of thought, care and...uniqueness that we should hope from other projects in Toronto.

From the letter:

Enclosed courtyards, as proposed for the new development, are notoriously known as breeding grounds for crime and constitute by no means Good City Planning

That criminal hellhole that is St. Lawrence. :rolleyes: This sort of hyperbole just make me not take them seriously. Anyways, the original WDL Block Plan for 3/4/7

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(WT/DTAH)

I am not necessarily in support of towers at 17/26 (especially given the lack of substantive information), but sheesh, the original plan is calling for 5s/9s for 3/4/7 - that's shorter than the old Option for Homes condos to the south. Certainly what's been proposed here is gentle enough given the context of a growing city (if anything, one should be redeveloping the townhomes in StL along similar lines.

AoD
 
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I am not necessarily in support of towers at 17/26 (especially given the lack of substantive information), but sheesh, the original plan is calling for 5s/9s for 3/4/7 - that's shorter than the old Option for Homes condos to the south. Certainly what's been proposed here is gentle enough given the context of a growing city
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The existing plans for the area were completed before East Harbour, SmartTrack or the Ontario Line were seriously being contemplated. And before the TOCore plan (which projects 240,000 new people in the core in 25 years) had taken shape.

In 2015, when I was reporting on the West Don Lands for The Globe and Mail, two prominent people in the planning world told me off-the-record that this scheme wasn't dense enough. And that was then.
 
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Updated architectural plans and renderings from Nov. 5 resubmission:

Updated project description:
Site Plan application to permit the development of two 13-storey and one 12-storey mixed use buildings on Blocks 3,4,7 in the West Don Lands. The proposal consists of 3,125 square metres of retail space, 485 square meters of community space, and 855 residential units (257 of which are affordable units). The zoning by-law amendment was approved via MZO O. Reg. 596/20 on October 22, 2020.


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Notable revisions include:
  • The total number of units has increased from 839 units to 855 units
  • The total number of affordable rental units has increased from 252 units to 257 units
  • The total number of market rental units has increased from 587 units to 598 units
  • The total amount of community facility space has increased from 465 sq. metres to 485 sq. metres
  • The total amount of retail space has increased from 3,080 sq. metres to 3,125 sq. metres
  • The total number of vehicle parking spaces has increased from 293 to 302
  • The total number of bicycle parking spaces has increased from 861 to 867
Development Applications
 

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