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A lot of the parcels of land on King north of SIXO site have single dwelling houses abutting the rear of their properties. So I can't picture anything larger than midrise being developed along this corridor. I mean there are exceptions with say McDonalds, Central Fresh, and the CTV lots.
Yes, from Google/SIXO to Tim Horton's/Central is definitely midrise territory. Across the street from the hospital is possible for more intense development, and then also the parking lot properties between the hospital and Sun Life could also be developed. But I expect any of that would be in the fairly distant future.
That will make sense from the perspective of Ion, too- diminishing density west of Wellington, and then intensification near the Hospital station. In the Midtown station-area planning, some very cool possibilities were brought up for the underused land between Pine and Braun.
If it hasn't already been mentioned, the height concerns might not be rooted so much on sight lines (view obstruction from a neighborhood that might not not see it anyways) as much as the concern of increased traffic. Definition of traffic including pedestrian traffic. Some people in quiet neighborhoods don't embrace densification in the same way as others do
In my case, the sight of 1Vic from ~Waterloo and Breithaupt/Wellington was described as a horrible view intrusion, hence the opposition to any kind of density at the terminal site, and I expect with SIXO.

Perhaps there are ways of splitting hairs around NIMBYism, and I'd almost say that given this individual was disappointed that Google was able to increase traffic around its building, and to re-inhabit a structure that was already too large in their view, it might be best to describe this as BANANAism.

While I'd be in favour of imagining our cores as a wellspring of Danforth and Queen West-esque commercial storefronts on every inch, I also realize that it can't likely happen. Each of those storefronts needs sufficient customers and non-resident traffic supply in order to be financially viable. The farther we spread commercial along King, the more people and jobs we need to support it, which behooves us to go farther than 3-storey streetfronts and 6 FSR (I'm pretty sure most city meetings I have gone to have used FSR, not FAR, unless I'm confusing what some are bringing up).
FAR and FSR are interchangeable anyway, there is no difference.
From what I gather, some here think that perhaps this project should only be mid-rise. Maybe in the end, it will be. '

However, being that the new central hub is basically kitty-corner to this project, the cities view on height, I think the project should go ahead, as is, even if it means having the tallest building in the region.

We need to build along the corridor to make the LRT successful. Sorry about the NIMBY's. I get it, I do, But progress finally needs to be made in this city. And this SIXO might be our start to becoming a city that, not only is middle sized, but looking middle sized too.

Just my opinion.
I don't think anyone here thinks this specific project should be mid-rise, but some of us have said that mid-rise seems to be the most appropriate scale further up King.

Personally, I think the taller the better at this site. But, if I or someone else, not necessarily living adjacent to the site, supported a midrise development instead, we would not be "NIMBYs."
(02-10-2017, 03:48 AM)jeffster Wrote: [ -> ]From what I gather, some here think that perhaps this project should only be mid-rise.  Maybe in the end, it will be. '

However, being that the new central hub is basically kitty-corner to this project, the cities view on height, I think the project should go ahead, as is, even if it means having the tallest building in the region.

We need to build along the corridor to make the LRT successful.  Sorry about the NIMBY's. I get it, I do,  But progress finally needs to be made in this city.  And this SIXO might be our start to becoming a city that, not only is middle sized, but looking middle sized too.

Just my opinion.

Realistically, the only folks who could take issue with this are the 6 houses on that small stretch of Wellington - and ironically, they would actually be NIMFYs (Front Yard), not NIMBYs Wink With that said, opposition to this site would be ridiculous - this is probably one of the most suitable spots in downtown for a tall building (especially if the tall buildings were located closer to the train track side of the site)
It looks like SIXO is spending money on ads to get my attention.  I was a bit surprised to see this on the CNN site:

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Perhaps they were the highest bidder for your particular IP address or set of demographic and cookie-driven advertisement algorithms? I have also seen various hyper local ads (eg Centre in the Square) pop up on other international sites (eg BBC) when I have been browsing.
It's the way Google (and Facebook) ads work. The advertisers don't specifically buy space on CNN etc, they specify demographics and other targeting criteria.
Lol, the counter is at 46 days! Was suppose to unveil this coming Friday, March 24th.
I was just wondering when the reveal date was again, the project website says March.

From there twitter account someone asked if the renders we previously seen were the the new plans and the answer was no.

https://mobile.twitter.com/RenderPornSta.../photo/1hh
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