January 24th 2012
The outcome of a public consultation on January 10th
regarding the construction of a 14-storey condo across from High Park
(1844Bloor St. W.) is unclear. The City says it’s willing hold a second round of consultations to hear the concerns of neighbouring residents who will be affected by the new building. However, the consultation might come too late for residents to alter the plans. The developers of this new West End condo project altered their renderings in response to vocal public dissatisfaction with the largely glass condo which would have seen the 14-story part of the building butting right up against Bloor St. The Developers turned the design around so that the tallest portion of the building will now be in back, and the city approved the plans. (The latest renderings of 1844 Bloor St. W. can be found here
But the question remains: how did the City come to approve the plans in the first place, as the 14-storey unit far exceeds the 8-story maximum set out in City of Toronto’s Official Plan? More importantly, how will this imminent development affect the High Park neighbourhood? The last of the decidedly run-down properties to be cleared for the project are to be torn down shortly. Will this new luxury boutique condo development turn High Park into Central Park Toronto?
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