The long awaited condo apartment building at 10 Wilby being built by Options For Homes will be launched to the public next month, OFH announced yesterday. The Wilby Crescent condo, aka, The Humber, will have 22 storeys and thanks to a no-frills design and its unique financing scheme, purchasing will be a more affordable option for people looking to buy a home. OFH is also touting the advantages of the location which includes convenient access to schools, extensive parkland, proximity to the GO / UP Express and south west views of the Humber and Raymore Park. Prices start at $350,000
City Council has temporarily refused the building permit for 1391 Weston Road. The owners of the property are asking to build a gas bar on the site, and to knock down the odd, round building.
Staff said they needed to investigate and negotiate:
- “The appropriateness of the proposed use in this location;
- Traffic impacts of the proposed development;
- The design of the proposed commercial kiosk…
- The loss of trees and limited amount of landscaping proposed;
- Whether there is adequate space to accommodate internal vehicle movements.”
Weston’s much anticipated Hub seems to be approaching readiness. Occupation is set for later this year and the artist residences are taking shape. In addition, the adjacent 30-storey apartment building is also approaching completion with glazing well under way.
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The proposed building would be 15 storeys tall and have 157 units, primarily one-bedrooms or smaller. As proposed, it violates a number of regulations “with respect to built form, density, height, massing, site layout, shadow impact, proximity to the Humber River valley, access, parking and loading.”
Council voted to
- Continue negotiating with the developer
- Oppose the developer at any tribunals
- Schedule a public meeting
The owner of the Olympic Variety building at King and Elm,¹ would like to convert the site into a small apartment building. He has applied to the city to add a third storey, t0 expand the second storey, and to add underground parking for nine cars.²
The application would create an eight-unit apartment building, with four two-bedroom apartments on each of the two floors.
¹ Full disclosure: I live across from it.
² With a car elevator, which is super cool.
The unusual rounded building at Weston and Jane, home to Westwood Burger, will be turned into a four-pump gas bar if the city approves the permits.
Your correspondent understands that this is hardly the ravaging of Palmyra, but it is the replacement of a building with some charm by one with none at all.
Anticipating the impending legalizing of marijuana, Options For Homes announced on Friday that it will ban smoking anywhere inside or on the property of its new 22 storey condo apartment at 10 Wilby Crescent.
Non-smokers who live in apartments already may know that stale cigarette smell can drift insidiously through conduits and other gaps between apartments. The impending legality of marijuana has prompted OFH to get ahead of the game and ensure a smoke-free environment for occupants. Vaping will be allowed – so it’s not a complete ban.
Re-writing an existing condominium corporation’s declaration to ban smoking in a building is a major undertaking requiring an 80% vote of owners in favour. Options For Homes feels that starting off with a no smoking ban will put the condo board ahead of the game and make the issue up front so that purchasers can make an informed decision. OFH claims that 75% of prospective purchasers are more likely to purchase in a smoke-free building.
Apparently landlords of rental buildings can ban smoking in all or part of a building and a rental building can eventually become smoke free by requiring new tenants to not smoke. Existing tenancy agreements must be honoured but once the smoker leaves, landlords can insist on no smoking from the new occupants.
Options for homes believe that their new smoke-free building will be a first for Toronto. Read more here.