City planners vs. Brad Lamb and Peter Clewes

BuzzBuzzHome Corp.
March 4, 2010

Architect Peter Clewes and Brad J. Lamb (aka “Condo King” — no.. not Stinson anymore) are preparing for a fight with Toronto city planners who oppose building a 45-storey tower in the heart of the theatre district…. tentatively called “Theatre Park” [map].

According to The National Post:

“City staff, however, have given the project an “aggressive no,” as local councillor Adam Vaughan puts it, because they say the height matches nothing in the neighbourhood and could set a precedent for demolishing historical buildings in the King-Spadina corridor.”

Here is what the architect thinks and Lamb think:

“Mr. Clewes– of 18 Yorkville and Tip Top Lofts fame– says as the city intensifies, King West is the next logical area to develop. Both he and Mr. Lamb consider the height a “non issue” because there are a stack of approved tall buildings in the vicinity, including the 66-storey Shangri-La at University and Richmond, a 38-storey building at John and Mercer streets, the Ritz Carlton and the 35-storey Boutique building where residents are currently moving in.”

I think it is the nicest Lamb rendering that I have seen to date. I also think this is a prime area for intensification. Bring it one!

The plan is to build six suites per floor, with 9.5 to 10 foot ceilings, and prices ranging from $350,000 to $2.5-million, or about $600 a square foot.

The proposal will be debated at next week’s Toronto East York community council.

More information on Theatre Park Condos…

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