Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Location Should be Secret 1926 Lake Shore

Photo Cred; Urban Toronto
It should be kept a secret because these towers that are situated at the foot of Windermere and Lake Shore, Carterra, Windermere by the Lake, NXT and Park Lake Residences are all on the East side of the Humber River Bridge.

You know that traffic bottleneck at the QEW and Lake Shore? But these buildings are all on their own traffic signals and easily access Lake Shore Boulevard with a 10 minute Drive to Union Station. 

Looking through the renderings the building will have an internal traffic roundabout with exits to Lake Shore Blvd., and Windermere.

The renderings describe the redevelopment of [Four Points by Sheraton] 1926 Lake Shore Boulevard West with two residential towers of 42 and 48 stories connected by a 4 storey podium. The proposed development would contain 847 residential units and have a floor area of over 78,600 m2, representing an FSI of 17.6 times the lot area.

Floor Plans are not yet available but I can assume they will be out shortly.

Ideal Location along the Western Beaches....

What do you think?


  1. Condo developer appeals to OMB before city has a chance to review application
    City assures residents their voices will be heard on issue of 42- and 48-storey condo towers on Lake Shore Boulevard

    In a rare move, a developer proposing 42- and 48-storey condominium towers at Windermere Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard has taken its proposal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) before the City of Toronto had a chance to weigh in on the project.

    If Toronto City Council does not make a decision within 120 days of the application’s submission, the applicant has the right to appeal to the OMB, explained city planner Derek Woltho at a public consultation meeting Wednesday.

    “An application of this sort takes many, many months for staff to review. In this case, staff did not have time to finish its review,” he said at the Sept. 25 meeting. “What this means is, council will not be making a final decision regarding the rezoning proposal. Instead, the OMB will.”

    However, Waltho assured local residents their comments would be included in a report, “so please, don’t think we’re not listening to you,” he said.

    The report will go to council to determine whether the city will send staff on its behalf to the OMB. The city spokesperson would provide evidence during the OMB hearing, Waltho said.

    “At this point, we do not have a hearing date. It will likely be winter or spring of 2014,” he said.

    Canterra is proposing to demolish the existing five-storey hotel at 1926 Lake Shore Blvd. W. and replace it with two residential towers, 42 and 48 storeys comprised of a total of 847 units. The units would be a mix of studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus den, two-bedroom and two-bedroom-plus dens ranging from 400 to 1,100 square feet. The lobbies would front onto Lake Shore Boulevard West while amenity space would be on Windermere. There would be a five-level underground garage.

    Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette said she has expressed her concerns to the developer. 
“It’s too tall with too many units,” she said.

    Residents to the east of the proposed complex, who live in low-rise townhouses, expressed concern for the shadows the two towers would cast on their homes.

    Parkdale-High Park school Trustee Irene Atkinson wanted to know how much money would be generated by Section 37 funding. Section 37 of the Planning Act permits the city to authorize increases in permitted height and/or density through the zoning bylaw in return for community benefits.

    “I would imagine a considerable amount – $1 million to $1.5 million,” said Robert Glover, the project’s urban designer.

    Chris Holcroft, who is on the board of directors for his condo corporation, the townhouses west of Windermere Avenue on the Queensway, said that as a fairly new development themselves, they welcome neighbours to the community, however, they have “strong reservations about this development as currently proposed” for its absence of any retail space.

    “Both city and provincial planning documents cite ‘strong communities’ as a key objective for guiding decision making. I think walkable communities and mixed use neighbourhoods can and should be considered vital to a strong community,” he said. “The recent developments in south Swansea have created a wonderful, but incomplete neighbourhood. For residents who simply want to go for a coffee or pick up a few groceries, get their dry cleaning done or go out for dinner, they are forced to drive – or use the stressed public transit system. It would be a missed opportunity to approve a development without ensuring ground level retail space such as many new condo developments downtown have.”

  2. Commercial Development along lakeshore inside a condo tower.... UMMM Drive a little further and see how many people double park while they just ZIP in for ....

    Do you want to add a Grocery store with Truck deliveries and Spoiled milk; refrigeration height main floors, Stacks for garbage removal....

    We are too quick to CRY for convenience then lament our choices for decades.