Huge plans for Westin Prince Ho­tel

A new pro­posal calls for two res­i­den­tial tow­ers and of­fice build­ing on York Mills by Jes­sica Wei

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A re­cently submitted pro­posal to de­velop the area around the Westin Prince Ho­tel near York Mills Road and Don Mills Road sug­gests a dras­tic change to the op­u­lent her­itage-listed ho­tel and its sur­round­ings.

The ap­pli­ca­tion, submitted by Haven De­vel­op­ments on Oct. 30, pro­poses a mixed-use re­de­vel­op­ment that in­cludes two res­i­den­tial tow­ers with heights of 32 and 26 storeys, a new eight-storey of­fice build­ing, a pub­lic park over­look­ing the ex­ist­ing ravine lands and an ad­di­tional 38,164 square me­tres of above grade park­ing as well as a rear ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing ho­tel, which in­cludes 10 new storeys of ho­tel as well as recre­ational ameni­ties.

The ho­tel was built in 1974, de­signed by Ron Thom (de­signer of Massey Col­lege and the Metropoli­tan Toronto Zoo) and Reno C. Ne­grin As­so­ci­ates. It re­mains the only four-star ho­tel in North York and was listed in the Toronto Her­itage Reg­is­ter in 2010. “It’s a beau­ti­ful ho­tel,” said coun­cil­lor Den­zil Min­nan-Wong, in whose ward the ho­tel is lo­cated. “It prob­a­bly needs to be spruced up, and I think the own­ers want to do that.”

Cur­rently un­der re­view by City of Toronto staff, this would be the third large-scale de­vel­op­ment cur­rently pro­posed in the Don Mills area, join­ing a pair of tow­ers (34 storeys and 14 storeys) at Don Mills Road and Lawrence Av­enue East and a joint re­de­vel­op­ment mas­ter plan headed by Di­a­mond Corp, Life­time De­vel­op­ments and Con­text De­vel­op­ments to turn the for­mer Ce­lestica cam­pus into a mixed-use com­mu­nity en­com­pass­ing 3,887 new res­i­den­tial units and 120,000 square feet of re­tail at Don Mills and Eglin­ton Av­enue East. This in­ter­sec­tion has been newly dubbed “Don Mills Cross­ing.”

“We have a cou­ple of big bat­tles right now,” said Erik Kalm, pres­i­dent of Don Mills Res­i­dents Inc. “We’re go­ing to be spend­ing a lot more time on [the Westin Prince project] in the new year. From what I’ve seen of it, we are con­cerned about the height and the den­sity.”

As for how this project would im­pact the greater com­mu­nity, both Min­nan-Wong and Kalm said it’s too early to tell.

In a state­ment to Post City, Jor­dan Teper­man, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of Haven De­vel­op­ments, wrote, “We are work­ing with the city and var­i­ous stake­hold­ers to cre­ate an ap­pro­pri­ate project that meets the needs of this great com­mu­nity.”

“It’s a beau­ti­ful ho­tel. It prob­a­bly needs to be spruced up.”

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