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February 25th, 2011

The Ontario Municipal Board ruled this week that Freed Developments could go ahead with plans to build two condo towers that will surpass height restrictions by almost 60 percent.

In what the Globe and Mail called “an unusual twist,” the OMB lauded aspects of the unnamed project’s architectural design.

In the same article, published this morning, the Globe quoted an unhappy Councillor Adam Vaughan who said the project

“blows the height context out the window. . . What’s the point of doing any planning? That’s the message that’s being sent.”

Urban designer Anne McIlroy testified at the hearing on behalf of Freed. She argued – reasonably, it seems to us – that the King-Spadina secondary plan, which governs new building height limits, did not envision the kind of regeneration currently sweeping the King West neighbourhood.

McIlory added that, in her opinion, the two towers – which apparently stand at 11 and 12-storeys – do not threaten brick warehouses that have long defined the area.

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