September 13, 2018 4:11 PM
I’m pleased to share that City staff are providing council with an update on the land-use planning appeals launched by Homestead Land Holdings for two of the North Block properties (51-57 Queen St. and 18 Queen St./282 Ontario St.) at the next council meeting on Sept. 18, 2018.
Staff has been working with Homestead on the proposed development to determine if an agreement could be achieved and the revised building proposals represent months of technical negotiations between City staff and Homestead. This has resulted in a settlement agreement – and in the design of two impressive mixed-use buildings, which could greatly enhance the City by contributing to the overall inventory of rental housing and ensuring the vibrancy of our downtown area.
Read the complete report and view drawings of the proposed buildings.
The colours, materials, building articulation and other design elements were deliberately chosen to reflect the best design practices for taller buildings.
Crucially, this settled design plan:
Reduces the floorplate of these buildings at higher levels, making the buildings much less imposing at ground level and minimizing the impact of shadows.
Helps ensure a vibrant public realm at street-level by including public and commercial uses are incorporated.
Since the appeals are under the jurisdiction of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), the negotiations that have taken place to-date between the City and Homestead have been confidential between the two parties. Now that a settlement has been achieved between the City and Homestead, the details can be released to the public.
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal appeals hearing scheduled for February of 2019 on the development proposals will include the revised designs as set out in the settlement agreement. There are a number of additional parties to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal appeals who are not party to this settlement who will making their own planning submissions on the development. Based on the settlement, the City will attend the hearing in support of the applicant’s proposal.
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