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Old Posted Mar 21, 2013, 11:21 PM
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Red face TORONTO | Wellesley on the Park | 194 M / 636 FT | 60 FLOORS

More density for the Yonge street area

Condo plan for major downtown Toronto site may include a park
A developer that has just beat out a number of rivals to buy a much-coveted piece of land on Wellesley Street West near Yonge Street is now in talks with the city about scaling down its condominium plans to make room for a park.

As a result, Toronto Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam is now confident her long-held desire to see this particular parcel of land become home to some sort of green space, something local residents have also pushed hard for, will be realized.

Now Lanterra is planning to submit an application to the city this week to obtain about 950,000 square feet, enough space for two condo towers. But Mr. Fenton and Ms. Wong-Tam are in talks about doing something different on the site.

“We are in fluid discussions with the city councillor, and the game plan is to see if we can work something out over the next few months that provides more of a park concept with one tower, and that’s something that we would look to do,” Mr. Fenton said.
More.........http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle10052382/

From City Planning today...
11 WELLESLEY ST W
OPA / Rezoning 13 138607 STE 27 OZ Ward 27
- Tor & E.York Mar 21, 2013 --- --- --- ---
Rezoning application for a mixed-use development consisting of two residential towers at 45 and 54 storeys in height with a 9-10 storey podium. The development will have a total gross floor area of 90700 square metres and will feature 1304 dwelling units above a 1 storey of street-related retail space. The development will incorporate and frame the proposed public park.
     
     
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Old Posted Mar 22, 2013, 1:20 AM
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Wow, great development. Glad to see this empty lot being transformed into something better. The height seems pretty reasonable for this area too.

https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=11+Wel...teqGRVIiB5HFDQ

I definitely like the one tower with the park idea better. Maybe in that sense, we will get an appealing tower rather than 2 substandard ones that end up making the entire area worse.
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From The Star - http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hal..._possible.html

Potentially could look something like this if the one tower concept goes through. I'd rather see one iconic tower rather than yet more twin tower clones.

     
     
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Old Posted Mar 22, 2013, 3:27 PM
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I thought that lot was being saved for a park/public space? There should be no building allowed whatsever.
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Unfortunatly we live in a free market economy, and our Government is broke, almost nothing you can do to stop this development from happening.

NIMBY's have been stopping their feet for years trying to stop this one to now avail. The government (Provincial) Said it would consider a City or Neighbourhood proposal to purchase the property from them, but in the age of transparent and open bidding processes, the best deal won out.

65 Million goes to paying off the provincial creditors.
     
     
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I like the proposal as illustrated in the rendering from The Star. At least there's some green space, and the tower doesn't look bad.
     
     
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Old Posted Mar 22, 2013, 11:06 PM
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Yeah, if we get that tower as shown, it may not be such a bad deal. The city gets some money and for the most part the park is also given. The podium looks interesting with that pyramid like stacking.
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This project will launch in early 2014 under the moniker, "Wellesley on the Park".

It will no longer be a twin-tower, but a single 54 storey tower (potentially taller).

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Old Posted Dec 15, 2013, 6:22 PM
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That is a nice proposal. I like the design, quite similar to Massey Tower. And the park is a good addition too. Will add some good improvement to the neighbourhood in my opinion.
     
     
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Yes, and I hope the height is raised to 70 storeys or so.
     
     
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Don't know if Im feeling the whole 'tower in the park' thing in this part of town. I hope the podium has some nice retail/restaurants.

The tower looks a bit meh. Too many balconies. Nonetheless 70 stories would be very cool.
     
     
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New rendering thanks to devjohnson. This one could be over 60 stories (200+ meters) - height is not official as of yet.

     
     
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Yes, I count 62, plus the crown. Should be well over 200 m.

Edit: Correction: a reliable source says it will be 194 m.
     
     
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Developments like this are what help to make great cities. A cool building with a nice and pretty decent sized park at the base! So awesome. Sprinkled in with everything else going on in Toronto right now, it is unreal to see the direction your city is headed! Congrats guys!
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Huge thanks to interchange42 and the Urban Toronto crew for these breaking images!

So this one will be 60 stories and have 2 stories of office.









     
     
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Details from interchange42 (admin at UrbanToronto):

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Yes, Lanterra is going to resubmit the application at 60 storeys. The whole building has been narrowed a bit to make the park even larger, so the 6 new storeys are to make up for the smaller floor plate of course! That's come about from further talks with locals and the councillor's office, and in fact Bruce Kuwabara credited Kristyn Wong-Tam for pushing for "anything but a box" in the first place on this design.

Meanwhile, the balcony detailing has been tweaked more too. There are now two floors of offices in the podium. The community facility that was going to be built over the Opera Place garage entrance in the northwest corner of the site has been dropped, and instead the garage entry will be disguised with a green wall and green roof. I've been insisting that the east wall of Aria's podium at Opera Place be screened with green too.

City Planning is crossing their fingers that the legal work can get done before the end of the summer so that Council can pass this before the go into election mode. A stratified transfer of the surface park area to the City needs to happen before any work can start on the park, some of which could open before the tower is built as the parking garage already exists beneath it.


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Bryant Park it is NOT. What a lost opportunity this was.
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Bryant Park it is NOT. What a lost opportunity this was.
I don't think it ever really had the chance to be unless we're talking about knocking down the buildings fronting Yonge, which wasn't going to happen.
     
     
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