It’s an under-used piece of land; a triangle just east of the junction of GO’s Kitchener (formerly Georgetown) and the Lakeshore lines in downtown Toronto.
But, according to a team of planners, developers, architects and landscape artists and the area councillor Mike Layton, the land commonly referred to as the Ordnance Triangle, could be something special and a shining example of good city building.
Proposed for the area, located just off Strachan Avenue, opposite Liberty Village, are two mixed-use base buildings with three residential towers at 49, 29 and 23 storeys. The development team showed images and even an animated video of a park and large pool proposed for the pocket of land to the east of the cluster of condos.
“The pool won’t be built immediately, but by putting all these pieces together you could have something as beautiful as this,” said George Dark, a Partner with Urban Strategies Inc, one of about nine firms involved in the development.
City staff explained a pool would have to go through a community consultation and the city will seriously review the developer’s proposal for the parkland.
This is also the site of the much anticipated and long delayed Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge.
The bridge was originally approved in 2010 but when the tendered cost came in at $6.5 million over the $21.44 million budgeted, council sent it back to look for cheaper alternatives.
These cheaper alternatives were presented to the community at the meeting – all made cheaper, largely because the new designs touch down in the Ordnance Triangle, at the aforementioned park, to create two sections of bridge as opposed to the original plan which spanned both GO lines from Stanley Park in the north to the Garrison Common at Fort York in the south.
But, the residents in attendance paid little attention to the bridge, focusing instead on the condo development, made up of one- and two-bedroom units, and the adjacent park proposal, expressing concerns about population increases, traffic, parking and the make up of the buildings.
“Hopefully we will draw in and accommodate families,” said David Pontarini of Hariri Pontarini Architects.
The development would require a change to both the official plan and the current zoning by-law to move forward.
“This is all very early in the process and we will continue to host meetings as we go forward,” area councillor Mike Layton said.
Comments on the City’s new designs for the Fort York bridge are to be submitted by Feb. 15 and can been seen at www.toronto.ca/fortyorkbridge