Spread the word! Final Council vote on November 13th
I’m hearing from many residents who do not agree with the 5 to 2 vote by councillors to approve the 23 storey building that will loom over city hall, replacing low-rise shops and a restaurant. In the winter time, it will cast a shadow 6 blocks long.
The rationale for the increased height is we’ll get a larger civic square and better designed building. We can get both at the current height limit of 12 storeys through the parkland dedication fund, daylight triangle tools and tall building design guidelines.
This is only a tall building. Retail space in one of the highest traffic areas of the downtown will drop by 30% along with a reduction in office space versus what currently exists. The approval provides no affordable housing and we no have guarantees by the developer that family-sized units will be provided.
Public input to keep height on Brant at 4 storeys was ignored. Though we’re on track for our intensification targets, staff want another 23 storey building on the opposite corner of Brant Street.
The coming and approved condos will weaken the downtown retail. Too learn more, click here.