Proposed Development at Dundas and English (In The Old East Village)

January 17, 2009 at 12:27 am 8 comments

As we all know Medallion ( a Toronto based developer) had submitted an application for the southern part of the Dundas/Lyle/King/Hewitt block.  A developer from out of town had actually bought and assembled a few properties in one of the poorest neighborhoods in London; The Old East Village (or as some may called it EOA). They bought the properties probably because they were cheap and possibly because they saw potential in this neighborhood which was once a thriving shopping district. Now another OUT OF TOWN developer, also based in Toronto, Terrasan sees potential in the rebirth of this neighborhood. Originally they had purchased only the two properties directly to the west of English/Dundas Street corner from the city(these are brownfield sites). A couple months later they came back to the table and this time with a proposal almost 3 times as large encompassing several other properties (including the site of the Embassy).

Here’s what they are proposing to do as per the letter sent to the area residents :

726-748 Dundas Street – The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to permit the construction an 8-storey mixed use residential/commercial building withan increase in the permitted density of the siteto accommodate 150 residential units and a reduction in the minimum front yard depth. Possible amendment to the Zoning By-law Z.-1 FROM a Business District Commercial Special Provision (BDC(19)-D250-H46) Zone which permits a broad range commercial uses and residential uses TO a Business District Commercial Special Provision Bonus (BDC(_)-B-(_)) Zone to increase the permitted density of the siteand reduce the minimum front yard depth. In the alternative, Council may also consider an amendment to the Zoning By-law Z.-1 TO a Business District Commercial Special Provision (BDC(_)-D470-H46) Zone to increase the permitted density of the siteand reduce the minimum front yard depth.
File: Z-7544 Planner: Michael Tomazincic

I have attached 3 images; two elevations and 1 site plan. 

The building has 154 Condo units and has 9 floors in total – 3 storey podium, 5 storey tower Topped with a slanted roof with dormers.

–  ground floor retail

– 7 residential floors (2 podium 5 tower)

– 1 amenity(including greenroof)/mechanical floor

The materials include  Renaissance Stone on the podium portion, Brick on the tower portion and a Metal roof. The building also includes a tarace on the 4th floor (on top of the podium), a Green Roof on the top floor, Underground Parking, Hiden-in-building Garbage and bike storage, a wide pedestrian walkway between the west property line and the building bringing the pedestrian to the  interior courtyard which is the location of the residential entrance lobby. The ground floor retail will have individual entrances off of Dundas St as well as English St (includinga corner entrance), there will also be offices and service commercial on the rear portion of the ground floor accessed from an interal hallway.

Personally I believe that this development is great news for  the revitalization of the Old East Village neighborhood, the building design is not the best but it does incorporate several important Urban Design Principals such as Stepping back after the 3rd storey(creating a podium and continuing the existing street wall), Bringing the building to the lot line, Using a variety of materials and architectural features, Having individual entrances to ground floor retail right off the side walk, Has hidden parking (underground), Creating a mid-block connection to the municipal parking lot to the north of the property, Also the proposed building fits fairly well within the current urban fabric.

A couple things I would like to see changed is how the building addressesthe corner, judging from the southelevation it seems like the ground floor is on an angle, having a corner site they should use the  to their advantage, maybe mimic what was done on the building on the east side of the intersection. The other thing is that I found the podium to be extremely plane with little or no articulation it looks like a simple “box”.

What do you think about this development?


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anna Atkinson  |  January 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Can’t wait for this project to move forward

  • 2. LondonPlanner  |  January 19, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Looks promising.

    I predicted a few years ago that Old East would have the appeal and popularity of Wortley Village in about 10 years time.

    The increasing rates of home ownership in the area, as well as the incredibly strong and influential Old East Neighbourhood Association, plus developments like this and the Medallion project, are signs that my predicition will come true.

    Envisioning shops and franchise-type commercial properties/stores along Dundas from Queens Park to Adelaide will be a reality once the key ingredient is added to the area: density of population.

    It’s happening! Rejoice!

  • 3. Tena  |  February 4, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I currently live in Toronto but my family has owned the house that is on English, right beside the proposed development, for over 40 years. I have left messages to Terrasan inquiring on whether or not they would be interested in purchasing the house but they have not bothered to reply. The neighbouring house is also for sale and when looking at the potential drawings it seems like it would make sense to purchase these two houses and include that space in their development.

    I grew up in this area and am quite aware of both the values and hardships of the neighbourhood. I do believe that this is the right step for “EOA”, although I also believe it should be done properly.

  • 4. ldoto  |  February 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Embassy Hotel to close and be demolished for condos

    BREAKING NEWS: The Embassy Hotel at 732 Dundas Street East in Old East Village will be closing for good after Saturday, February 28, 2009.
    The word is that a condo development will replace the Embassy and a few shops to the immediate east.

    During the past 30 years, the hotel’s Whippit Lounge has been an important entertainment venue for up-and-coming local bands. The hotel has been an east London landmark since the late 1920s. Developing …

  • 5. M. Lavery  |  March 10, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Sorry to see the Embassy go. But this looks like it could work for the area.

    Anyone know what’s happening with the Medallion project (Dundas, Lyle, etc.)?

  • 6. salelins  |  May 23, 2009 at 4:49 am

    well.. it’s like I knew!

  • 7. chicas mamando mamada  |  July 26, 2009 at 5:59 am

    any updates coming ?

  • 8. Jo Ann  |  October 4, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I am excited that a larger apartment building will finally be provided for the east end folks who are ready to leave their houses, but don’t want to leave their neighbourhood and head west. Anxious to keep up to date as this project progresses.

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