City Council voted today in support of the application for the Mirvish+Gehry development on King West. The application was based on the planning department’s recommendations and a scaled back redesign that was unveiled in late May.
“Today’s decision by Council was obviously a necessary step in this lengthy process,” said Mirvish Enterprises’ David Mirvish in the news release.
“Through an iterative process, a myriad of ideas were considered leading to a better project, and we are pleased that today, City Council agreed.”
The project by Mirvish Productions and Projectcore Inc. has been a long-time coming. The development team spent nearly two years working on the plans. The first design by Frank Gehry debuted in October 2012 and was made up on three condo towers measuring between 80 to 85 storeys, two art galleries and high-end retail space.
The initial vision would have meant that the Princess of Wales Theatre would have been torn as well as nearby heritage structures. But the newly approved plan made space for the theatre and saved two of the four historic warehouses.
Two towers, the highest of which will reach up to 92 storeys, will rise from King Street and Simoce as will a new art gallery for the Mirvish Collection and a new campus for OCAD University.
Here’s a look at the scale models released this spring: