Two tow­ers planned for Yonge-Roselawn

Pro­posal put for­ward in wake of con­tro­ver­sial bank de­mo­li­tion

Annex Post - - NEWS - Sa­man­tha Peksa

Toronto-based de­vel­oper Main and Main, re­spon­si­ble for the con­tentious de­mo­li­tion of the 110year-old Bank of Mon­treal build­ing ear­lier this year, has sub­mit­ted a plan to de­velop the site to the City of Toronto.

The pro­posal for 2400–2444 Yonge St., on the south­west cor­ner of Yonge Street and Roselawn Av­enue, calls for two res­i­den­tial tow­ers of 27 and 23 storeys over a nine-storey podium with com­mer­cial space on the ground floor and six three-storey town­houses fac­ing onto Roselawn Av­enue. The de­vel­oper has pro­posed to de­mol­ish all ex­ist­ing re­tail space still stand­ing on the site, which in­cludes the Restora­tion Hard­ware build­ing.

When the pro­posal was drafted, none of the build­ings were in­cluded on the city’s her­itage reg­is­ter. However a plan­ning re­port put to­gether on be­half of the de­vel­oper

in June noted city plan­ning staff ’s in­ten­tion to des­ig­nate the prop­er­ties at 2430 and 2434 Yonge St.

“Should on-site her­itage im­pli­ca­tions arise dur­ing the process of this ap­pli­ca­tion, such is­sues will be considered at that time with po­ten­tial re­vi­sions to plans to ac­com­mo­date the de­sired her­itage ob­jec­tive,” reads the re­port.

The Restora­tion Hard­ware build­ing and ad­ja­cent prop­erty were des­ig­nated on the city’s her­itage reg­is­ter in July un­der Part IV, Sec­tion 29 of the On­tario Her­itage Act. The des­ig­na­tion gives city coun­cil the author­ity to refuse an ap­pli­ca­tion that will ad­versely af­fect the prop­erty's her­itage at­tributes.

Linda McCarthy, of Lyt­ton Park Res­i­dents’ Or­ga­ni­za­tion Inc., would like to see both build­ings pre­served.

“We will work very hard to main­tain these two build­ings,” she said. “Main and Main’s re­fusal to de­lay and its sub­se­quent de­mo­li­tion of the Bank of Mon­treal fo­cused ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion on her­itage preser­va­tion.”

Coun­cil­lor Christin Carmichael Greb, of Ward 16, Eglin­tonLawrence, said the site is meant for mid-rise, not a tower.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what parks or what other ameni­ties they put in there. I don’t sup­port it, and I’m hop­ing plan­ning [staff ] doesn’t sup­port it,” she said.

But a prece­dent may al­ready have been set. A 28-storey tower at 2360 Yonge St. was ap­proved at the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board in 2016. And a 27-storey tower over­top of Postal Sta­tion K was ap­proved by the city be­fore that.

City plan­ner Diane Sil­ver said she an­tic­i­pates the plan­ning re­port will come to com­mu­nity coun­cil Nov. 14 with a public con­sul­ta­tion held this fall. —

A ren­der­ing by ar­chi­tect­sAl­liance shows the nine-storey podium be­low the two tow­ers

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