Controversial Toronto condo proposal returns from the dead years after plans stalled

It seemed dead and gone, but a plan to build a pencil-thin luxury condo tower atop a Toronto heritage building is back, and it doesn’t look as stylish as the previous design.

The application at 187 King Street East/65 George Street in the King East neighborhood dates back to 2017, when developer 10Block Studio proposed a 17-story condominium tower behind a four-story heritage building dating to the late 19th century.

That 2017 plan had a clean design by Core Architects that would have housed just 16 ultra-luxury units, but five years later, nothing has been built, and the project is now back on the desks of planners with a different design. that removes some of the dynamism seen with the previous plan.

In the years since it was initially proposed, the City rejected the 65 George plan and then went toe-to-toe with the Local Planning Court of Appeal, or LPAT (a predecessor to today’s Ontario Land Court).

The City eventually reached an agreement with the developer on a revised plan, gaining primary approval from the provincial appeals body in the last days of 2021.

The 2022 plan for the site retains the one-story brick building façade along George Street, though its upper levels have lost the clean aesthetic proposed years earlier.

An updated application reflecting the terms of this deal hit planners’ desks in early May, once again looking to build a 17-story condominium with just 16 suites, but with a very different design from the bold vision floating by. first time years before.

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The original 2017 plan for the site had a sleek design but lacked the retention of the one-story façade at its base.

The plan will retain the existing four-story heritage building at 187 King Street East, while reconstructing the one-story façade of 65 George Street, giving the new construction an established street-level feel.

Beyond the ground floor that contains a lobby and services, the upper 16 floors will each house a single condominium unit, proposed as two-bedroom plus living room suites. All but one of these units will have their own private outdoor terrace or balcony.

Due to the extremely constrained site, the development’s proposed parking garage would need to be three full levels deep to accommodate only 22 spaces for residents.

This confined garage, apparently too narrow an area to accommodate a parking ramp, will require a fully automated parking system complete with a car lift to transport residents’ vehicles to and from the surface.

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