Comment 122717

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 26, 2018 at 09:01:25

I checked the higher resolution pdf's and, unfortunately, there is no direct access to the retail shops from the street.

It is designed like a mini mall with access via an interior hallway only. I think this is one of the DNA's criticisms: that the facade is not permeable. Good urban design is that shops should be accessible directly from the street.
Steve Robichaud directly referred to the escarpment as being relevant ... and he is the head of the planning department! He did not pull this out of thin air. It is an important factor identified in the recent tall buildings study that you neglected to reference in your article.

One of the main conclusions of the study is:

Based on the consultative process, to confirm that there is strong identification with the Niagara Escarpment as a primary topographical and natural asset; therefore, to establish that new tall building’s should be no greater in height than the Escarpment;

This is not about preserving views, it is about recognizing the escarpment as a defining characteristic of the lower city. And note that it refers to new buildings!

Could you please directly address the design principles this study identifies in the context of the current project? The criticisms of the design review panel are based directly on this study.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2018-03-26 09:02:40

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