A proposed condominium redevelopment of a site at College and Huron Streets is one step closer to fruition, with the City's Planning Department now recommending the approval by Council of recently re-submitted and scaled-down plans for the site. Developer Shiu Pong's original proposal for 231-237 College Street and 177-189 Huron Street featured a 19-storey tower with 158 residential units, designed by Kirkor Architects Planners. After feedback from City staff, the project has been scaled down to a 17-storey, 142-unit building and put back into the approvals process.
While the building is indeed being recommended for approval, this recommendation comes with a major caveat. City Council is being urged to require that the existing heritage building at 231-237 College Street and 177-189 Huron Street be incorporated into the design of the development, as requested by the Manager of Heritage Preservation Services. This requirement is not reflected in the most recent elevation drawings, and the design of the development will have to be reworked to incorporate portions of the building proposed for protection.
The existing building is currently home to 15 affordable rental units, all of which will have to be replaced in the new development, while 2 more will be added. Of those, 6 will be one-bedroom and 11 will be two bedroom units. All are to remain rental units for a minimum duration of 20 years.
Additional information and a full set of elevation diagrams can be found in the project's dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.
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