Our Projects and Construction thread on 90 Harbour Street has been buzzing about a recent rezoning application submitted on October 19 by Menkes. The application calls for a mixed-use development, proposing three buildings to be allowed on the site. The proposal asks for clearance on a 31-storey office tower, and for two 70-storey [!] residential towers, adding a total of 1426 new units to the area. If you have been following development in the area through our threads and articles, this is the site where iconic graffiti artist Banksy's work was recently preserved [read our story about that here].
If approved, Toronto's skyline will be dramatically altered; UrbanToronto forum member CanadianNational created some great sketch-up massing models showing the dramatic change in the skyline that we could expect to see. The massing models give us an idea of the height in relation to surrounding structures, though they are not informed by any design for the project.
This development will add a whole new level of density to an already increasingly-dense lower Southcore District; Ice Condominiums at York Centre are rising to 57 and 67 storeys, while RBC Waterpark Place III next door will be 30-storeys. The sketch-up image below provides an idea of how the proposed towers will fit within the site and the surrounding developments in regards to height.
What are your opinions regarding the dramatic changes taking place in this neighbourhood? Let us know by chiming in on the project's forum here or write down your thoughts in the comments section below.