[URBAN NOTE] “Plan for Honest Ed’s site revised to save more heritage buildings, add extra park space”
vCBC News’ Kate McGillivray reports on how the latest plans for the Honest Ed’s site will retain something, at least, of the old character of Mirvish Village.
Revisions to the plan for the site of iconic department store Honest Ed’s will see more heritage buildings saved and feature a larger public park, according to the city’s planning website.
A fresh batch of revisions were submitted to the city’s planning division by the developer, Westbank, in mid-January, which, along with the park and heritage buildings, also promises to reduce the development’s density.
In the original plan submitted by the developer, only 15 heritage buildings were safe from demolition and there was no park.
At this point, 23 of the 27 listed heritage buildings on the site, which is bordered by Bathurst Street, Markham Street, Bloor Street and Lennox Street and also includes some parts of the west side of Markham Street, will be saved. The park is set to be 1,150 square metres.
Vancouver architect Gregory Henriquez, who is leading the design team, told Matt Galloway on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning that the plan is to “build a series of smaller buildings that together form a new village” rather than “one large mega-complex, which is what you see a lot of in Toronto.”