Posts Tagged ‘yonge and bloor’
Jennifer Pagliaro’s article in the Toronto Star explores the political mechanics behind the impending construction of a super-high condo tower at Yonge and Bloor. The City of Toronto lacks much control over the process, it seems.
An unprecedented development — an 80-storey Toronto condo tower that will be second in height only to the CN Tower — sets a new standard for density at a crucial downtown intersection. Those extremes have created schisms at city hall over more than a year, during a planning process that has left key questions lingering: How much is too much? And who decides?
What occurred with this tower, which Yorkville developer Sam Mizrahi has dubbed “The One,” does not reflect how all building applications are dealt with in this city. But it is an example of how, some councillors say, the city is being built higher and higher, under duress.
As real estate wars see developers buying smaller and smaller parcels of land at rising prices, they are increasingly building skyward to cover their costs.
That’s been noticed at city hall. City councillors and staff say developers are applying more frequently to build well above the prescribed height and density for a neighbourhood. Councillors say there is little recourse to accommodating exceptions, with a provincially legislated appeals body capable of overturning council’s planning choices.
With the province in the midst of a review of that powerful body, the Ontario Municipal Board, city advocates say it’s finally time to get serious about removing Toronto from its grasp.
In the absence of reform, this is how one very tall, very dense building got the green light at council.
Photographer John Packman‘s “Green Leaves” wraps around the site of the former Stollery’s on the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor, printed on the boards which block the future construction site from public view. The city outside can be seen dimly reflected in the glossy image.
I’ve blogged in the past about Stollery’s, a men’s clothing store on the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor that was hastily demolished in January 2015 ahead of a heritage designation. There was discussion that an eighty-story mixed-use tower was intended for that site. As of June 2016, the whole lot remains empty, and level.