Proposed Condo Tower Near Distillery District Rejected by Panelists

Panelists were unimpressed with the design's lack of consideration for its neighbours

A proposal for a 49-storey condo tower at 31 Pariliament Street was both rejected and pretty much ripped apart by panelists from the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel. The tower would sit on the southern edge of the Distillery District.

The tower, which is being developed by the Goldberg Group and designed by Aquitectonia, would sit atop a seven-storey podium and add 495 new residential units to the area. It would also host a six-storey parking garage that starts three floors below ground and reaches three storeys above ground.

The city is currently trying for an Official Plan Amendment that would put a 30-storey cap on towers built in the “triangle lands,” which is made up of the area at the southwestern corner of the Distillery District, bordered by Parliament Street to the west, Distillery Lane to the north, and the railway tracks to the south. The proposed condo tower is located within the triangle lands.

Thankfully, the condo proposal was not well received by panelists, who quickly pointed out the negative impact that the building could have on the Distillery District and the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood just west of the location. The panelists pointed out the tower’s height and shadow impact, as well as the design’s complete lack of consideration for the Distillery District’s historic character and architectural themes.

The panelists pointed out that the Distillery District is “one of the most cherished heritage districts in the city.”

A Heritage Conservation District is also being developed for the Distillery District.

The proposal was also heavily criticized for using non-existence towers (some not yet proposed and others awaiting approval) as an example of how the tower would fit in at 31 Parliament.

See photos of the proposed tower below.


Images Courtesy of the Goldberg Group.