New: Another Redevelopment Proposal (GWL)

Yesterday, we were informed by Councillor Doucette that yet another redevelopment proposal has been submitted to the City of Toronto.

On December 28th, Great West Life’s subsidiary, GWL Realty Advisors Inc., submitted a Development Approval Application on behalf of 1213763 Ontario Inc. which owns the site between High Park Avenue and Pacific Avenue containing 35 High Park Avenue, 65 High Park Avenue and 66 Pacific Avenue.

Here is the link to the application:

http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4086170&isCofASearch=false

The 20 existing townhouse units on High Park and Pacific will be demolished and 3 two-bedroom units in 65 High Park and 1 two-bedroom unit in 66 Pacific will be eliminated to accommodate a new loading area. The remaining 964 rental units on the site will be retained.

Great West is proposing to build:

  • a 39-storey apartment tower with an extensive 1 and 2-storey podium containing medium-scale ground-level retail,
  • a 34-storey apartment tower,
  • a 29-storey apartment tower, and
  • an 8-storey apartment tower.

It appears the existing outdoor pool will be eliminated, although the indoor pool and the fitness centre may be retained. Apart from street setbacks, the only green space on the entire site will be on the roof of the new podium. Sunshine on the ground will be a rare commodity.

The 4 new buildings will add 1,031 new apartment units increasing the total number of units from 964 to1,995. The gross floor area of the site will be increased by 91,069 m2 from 69,826 m2 to 160,895 m2.

Great West’s hired gun for the project, Bousfields Inc., is, once again, on record saying that this redevelopment “presents an opportunity to introduce new buildings that would engage with and improve the adjacent public realm“.

You be the judge.

Background – Bousfields is the planning and urban design company that got both Daniel’s Bloor Street condo and Great West’s Grenadier Square approved on appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board and it is currently retained by Minto to steer its redevelopment proposal through the City and OMB.