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"The Ignorant Fool"
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Another sharp looking project.
All these new resi projects in the entertainment district!
I thought people did not want to live amongst the clubs with the noise and craziness.
 

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I like ... nothing fancy but a nice profile nevertheless. I'd be very surprised if 177 metres gets by council though

500 footers killed so far ...

46 wellesley
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I like ... nothing fancy but a nice profile nevertheless. I'd be very surprised if 177 metres gets by council though

500 footers killed so far ...

46 wellesley
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I think that was 40 Wellesley that got rejected. Nevertheless, I don't see what those two cases have to do with this proposal.

By the way, why does the thread say 145m?
 

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From The Globe and Mail:

Rising again - without Harry Stinson

David Mirvish is back in the condo game, Deirdre Kelly reports
DEIRDRE KELLY

August 2, 2008

While Harry Stinson tries to get back on his feet by planning a new hotel/condo tower in Hamilton, another comeback kid is emerging from last summer's feud over One King West.

David Mirvish, who took his former One King West partner to court after Mr. Stinson allegedly reneged on an $11.8-million debt, is also looking to re-enter the condo business, this time with a solo project.

The art collector and theatre impresario owns the old Westinghouse building at 355 King St. W., but now wants to convert the six-storey historic property into a 48-storey high-rise building that would expand into a rear parking lot, within view of his Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra theatres. A boutique hotel would occupy the first 18 floors, with private residences situated above.

"This project [at 355 King St. W.] is something I have been thinking about doing long before Harry came on the scene," Mr. Mirvish said. "I want to do it, because in life, you look for the best, and not the worst. This is a chance to create something good."

To build it, he has enlisted Peter Kofman, the engineer and real-estate developer who had been project manager at One King West, originally hired by Mr. Mirvish's nemesis, Mr. Stinson.

Mr. Kofman has put a proposal before the city, awaiting approval, on behalf of Mr. Mirvish, who has no interest in being officially connected to the project as its builder.

"I'm not a developer, and I don't want to be a developer, I'm in the theatre business," Mr. Mirvish said in an interview at the King Street West offices that house Mirvish Enterprises. "I want to create value for my land because it allows me to do theatre. It allows me to draw people around me, draw them downtown, which means more people for my theatres."

And a busy corner it soon will be. The Hilton Garden Inn, a 16-storey hotel, is being constructed on nearby Peter Street, not far from the Festival Tower and Bell Lightbox project on the north side of King between John and Richmond streets. In addition, Pinnacle International and Hariri Pontarini Architects have recently submitted to the city a proposal to build a 42-storey condo building with 450 suites at the south end of Adelaide Street and John. The proposal would see the small heritage building housing the Fox & Fiddle Pub moved to sit next to another two-storey heritage house at the southern end of the site, in order to accommodate the new development.

Daniels Corp. is also proposing a new 44-storey tower with a six-storey podium at 21 Widmer St., a site just north of their Festival Tower and Bell Lightbox development.

Janice Solomon, executive director of the Toronto Entertainment District BIA, says, "Because there is so much development in the neighbourhood, we're trying to come up with an idea of how we want the area to look."

She attended a recent public meeting on the proposed new building for 355 King St. W., specifically to know if Mr. Mirvish plans to conform to the area's historic character.

"I'm sensitive to those concerns," Mr. Mirvish said, adding that he plans to integrate the historic façade of the old Westinghouse building into the new building, in hopes of preserving some of its original 1930s exterior tile. "I have a long relationship with historic conversions. The Royal Alexandra was a historic building, and so was the Royal Vic in London, dating back to 1818."

Mr. Mirvish also had recent experience restoring One King West, site of the 1913 Dominion Bank Building at the corner of Yonge and King streets. It was the historic element that first drew Mr. Mirvish to the project that is now in the hands of a court-appointed receiver.

"But I was also caught up in the mystique of Harry Stinson," Mr. Mirvish said. "And it didn't work out."
 

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It's a useful tool. What about decreasing the resolution instead of removal?
 
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