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The Breithaupt Block Phase III | 12 fl | Proposed
#91
(04-20-2018, 08:36 AM)PassTheBruce Wrote: <rant> I know this has been said before, but having LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL zoning less than 500 metres from the Region's Transit Hub is like having low rise residential zoned next to Union Station in Toronto. The city and the region are actively shooting themselves in the foot if this is turned down </rant>

The big problem here is that the low-density zoning was left in place when PARTS was finalized. I suppose it was politically sensitive then; well, it's become sensitive again now. They have to pull off the Band-Aid at some point...
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#92
(04-19-2018, 01:13 PM)highlander Wrote: The Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee met on April 9 and recommended this to be approved. That recommendation went to council for a "rubber stamp" on April 16, but council deferred their decision.

Thanks for the clarification.
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#93
Apparently the developer made it clear the building would actually create between 1000-1350 jobs. Plus retail in an area definitely experiencing a food desert. When high speed rail is complete and two way go is consistent it is going to essentially disconnect this good from downtown. It needs it's own jobs and needs it's own retail entrepreneurship opportunities. This area also has higher than average central corridor commute times according to censusmapper.ca and I believe that is because the lack of kixed zoning. Too much blanket residential.
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#94
(04-21-2018, 11:01 AM)welltoldtales Wrote: Apparently the developer made it clear the building would actually create between 1000-1350 jobs. Plus retail in an area definitely experiencing a food desert. When high speed rail is complete and two way go is consistent it is going to essentially disconnect this good from downtown. It needs it's own jobs and needs it's own retail entrepreneurship opportunities. This area also has higher than average central corridor commute times according to censusmapper.ca and I believe that is because the lack of kixed zoning. Too much blanket residential.

Disconnect? What do you mean? Of the nearby crossings that existed before the last several years, we have:

King - now a grade separation;
Waterloo - currently closed, will be a pedestrian link although if they foolishly go with the bridge rather than the tunnel it will be somewhat roundabout and quite inconvenient for those needing elevators;
Duke - currently level crossing; given proximity to station could be kept even with HSR, although crossing would activate more often
Weber - now a grade separation;
Ahrens - currently closed, but could be re-opened once train station moves;
Margaret - has been a grade separation for decades;

Everything else you say makes sense, but I just don’t see how anybody could think the tracks will form a significant barrier, especially for nonmotorized traffic.
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#95
To summarize, is it correct that this project will either be approved by City Council in June, or subsequently by the OMB? For the latter, the City would need to face off against its own officials who recommended the project, if I'm not mistaken.
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#96
(04-21-2018, 04:00 PM)panamaniac Wrote: To summarize, is it correct that this project will either be approved by City Council in June, or subsequently by the OMB?  For the latter, the City would need to face off against its own officials who recommended the project, if I'm not mistaken.

Sucks that it is election year and the only thing many of the politicians care about it another 4 more years. Frank especially. Hopefully the right decision is made in June. I understand it sucks for them, but living in the downtown core, or at least close it it, and next door to the hub, this is the only way to go.
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#97
(04-21-2018, 04:54 PM)jeffster Wrote:
(04-21-2018, 04:00 PM)panamaniac Wrote: To summarize, is it correct that this project will either be approved by City Council in June, or subsequently by the OMB?  For the latter, the City would need to face off against its own officials who recommended the project, if I'm not mistaken.

Sucks that it is election year and the only thing many of the politicians care about it another 4 more years. Frank especially.  Hopefully the right decision is made in June. I understand it sucks for them, but living in the downtown core, or at least close it it, and next door to the hub, this is the only way to go.
Agreed. And I believe it will raise the value of their properties in the end.
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#98
(04-21-2018, 11:01 AM)welltoldtales Wrote: Apparently the developer made it clear the building would actually create between 1000-1350 jobs. Plus retail in an area definitely experiencing a food desert. When high speed rail is complete and two way go is consistent it is going to essentially disconnect this good from downtown. It needs it's own jobs and needs it's own retail entrepreneurship opportunities. This area also has higher than average central corridor commute times according to censusmapper.ca and I believe that is because the lack of kixed zoning. Too much blanket residential.

You and I are 100% on the same page with wanting more retail in the neighbourhood. More amenities generally, and jobs. So I don't at all disagree with the general point you're driving at. I can not underline that enough.

The only specific point I quibble with is this being a food desert. One of the few amenities we do have (and we're very lucky to) is Central Market, which is less than ten minute walk from this site.
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#99
(04-21-2018, 07:39 PM)MidTowner Wrote:
(04-21-2018, 11:01 AM)welltoldtales Wrote: Apparently the developer made it clear the building would actually create between 1000-1350 jobs. Plus retail in an area definitely experiencing a food desert. When high speed rail is complete and two way go is consistent it is going to essentially disconnect this good from downtown. It needs it's own jobs and needs it's own retail entrepreneurship opportunities. This area also has higher than average central corridor commute times according to censusmapper.ca and I believe that is because the lack of kixed zoning. Too much blanket residential.

You and I are 100% on the same page with wanting more retail in the neighbourhood. More amenities generally, and jobs. So I don't at all disagree with the general point you're driving at. I can not underline that enough.

The only specific point I quibble with is this being a food desert. One of the few amenities we do have (and we're very lucky to) is Central Market, which is less than ten minute walk from this site.

I am wondering by 'food desert' they meant as in good grub to eat nearby. With Sixo going up soon, I don't believe there is anything in midtown food wise. You have stuff down the street on the other side of Victoria, but other than that, I don't know of too much between there and the hospital.
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There used to be a couple small places but the road closure for LRT construction and the Midtown condo project have shut them all down. You have Central, Tim's, and whatever hasn't closed yet at the plaza.
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