If you live in Toronto, chances are you've all walked by signs like these:
They're everywhere. As our city grows and the price of real estate continues to rise, developers are keen to profit from and contribute to our growth. When developers submit an application to the city, a sign goes up to inform residents and give them an opportunity to get involved. As a new owner in the West Queen West neighbourhood, I took the opportunity to get involved at last night's Community Consultation Meeting for the development proposals at 99 Sudbury St and 1181 Queen St W.
Perhaps the addresses don't ring a bell, but the landmarks will.
To locals, 1181 Queen St West is immediately recognizable as "The Gladstone Cafe" and 99 Sudbury is an industrial mixed use space currently boasting a gym, restaurant, event space, and gallery.
Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao described these two sites as "...the last two missing pieces to development here in the West Queen West Triangle". It is important to note that both development proposals are in the application process, and nothing has been approved yet. If you are a resident in the neighbourhood, I encourage you to get informed and send your comments to Councillor Bailao and the city planners associated with each project. You can find full copies of the proposals and reports on the City of Toronto Planning Website by typing in the site address in the search bar.
- 99 Sudbury Street
- 26 Storey Building with Hotel, Restaurant, & Condos Above
The original application for 99 Sudbury was submitted close to a year ago. A community working group was formed and met 4 times to discuss the proposal and provide feedback. Main concerns for this project included: the height of the structure, the shadows caused by the structure, the impact on area density, noise and traffic, and the lack of public and community space.
The proposal was re-submitted, with a reduction in overall building footprint (including wider curbs) and an increase in 3 bedroom units to accommodate families. The biggest issue, height, seems to have been largely ignored.
City Planner: Aviva Pelt - 416-392-0877 - email@example.com
- 1181 Queen St West
- 16 Storey Residential Building
The original proposal for this site was submitted in 2013 and called for a looming 26 storey residential building right on the corner of Queen & Sudbury. This proposal was refused in May 2014, and the developers appealed their application with the Ontario Municipal Board in April of 2015. In August of 2015, the site was sold to a new developer, who presented their completely re-designed proposal for a 16 storey Condo which was designed to honour (rather than shadow) The Gladstone Hotel across the street and respect the current landscape. While this design was certainly an improvement, many residents of the neighbouring Bohemian Embassy (1169 & 1171 Queen St W) voiced their concerns over the shadows, noise, and light blocking effect this condo would have. Traffic on Sudbury Street and lack of green space was also an issue.
City Planner: Sarah Phipps - 416-392-7622 - firstname.lastname@example.org