Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: June 24, 2019

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About St. Clair Place

What does the planning and construction process and timeline look like for St. Clair Place? Will construction be phased?


The engagement process for St. Clair Place began in Fall 2018, and a development application was made to the city on April 3, 2019. It is anticipated that at least 18 months of collaborative work with the community and the city to be required to move to the next stage in the process. It is too early to determine when construction will begin. Most likely a phased construction timeline will be explored.




How can development happen while the local secondary plan is being reviewed?


Landowners are permitted to submit applications for development while a planning study is currently under way.




How did the project’s parcel boundaries expand?


The current application includes the entire block area (3.38 acres), an increase from the current permissions (2.27 acres), as additional land was acquired over time.





 

Application Process and Construction

Are you coordinating the construction and design of St. Clair Place with Slate’s 1 Delisle project?


We are aware of Slate’s application at 1 Delisle. There is no plan to coordinate construction or design between the two developments.




What role will Wittington’s parcel at the southwest corner of Yonge & Heath play in the St. Clair Place project?


Currently non-residential options are being explored for the parcel at Yonge and Heath.




Do precedents for what is proposed for St. Clair Place exist between Eglinton and Bloor?


No, not at this scale. It is quite unique to have such a large redevelopment site at the doorstep of two major streets and two higher-order transit lines (Line 1 subway along Yonge Street and the 512 St. Clair streetcar).





Engagement Process and Feedback

What will the proportion of rental units and condo units be in St. Clair Place?


The distribution of rental versus condominium is still being explored.




Will there be unit sizes and spaces suitable for kids?


The development will include amenity spaces and housing target sizes for all sizes/types of families.




I am interested in purchasing or renting a unit in St. Clair Place.


Sales and leasing will not begin until later in the construction process.




Will there be replacement rental units for the existing rental units on the northern end of the project site along Heath Street East?


Yes, this is confirmed. 34 rental units will be replaced on the site.





 

Height, Aesthetics, Views, Sun/Shadow & Privacy

How are accessibility considerations being incorporated into the design of St. Clair Place?


Ensuring that St. Clair Place is accessible to all community members and visitors is a key priority of the project. The project’s design will minimize barriers by meeting or exceeding the latest AODA accessibility standards. CNIB, a local organization with a community hub at Yonge & St. Clair that champions accessibility, has also been a key partner during the engagement and consultation process. Feedback on accessibility issues has been gathered at multiple engagement workshops to-date, as well, and taken into consideration during the design and planning process.





 
 

Sustainability

What will the proportion of rental units and condo units be in St. Clair Place?


The distribution of rental versus condominium is still being explored.




Will there be unit sizes and spaces suitable for kids?


The development will include amenity spaces and housing target sizes for all sizes/types of families.




I am interested in purchasing or renting a unit in St. Clair Place.


Sales and leasing will not begin until later in the construction process.




Will there be replacement rental units for the existing rental units on the northern end of the project site along Heath Street East?


Yes, this is confirmed. 34 rental units will be replaced on the site.





Local History & Heritage

How are accessibility considerations being incorporated into the design of St. Clair Place?


Ensuring that St. Clair Place is accessible to all community members and visitors is a key priority of the project. The project’s design will minimize barriers by meeting or exceeding the latest AODA accessibility standards. CNIB, a local organization with a community hub at Yonge & St. Clair that champions accessibility, has also been a key partner during the engagement and consultation process. Feedback on accessibility issues has been gathered at multiple engagement workshops to-date, as well, and taken into consideration during the design and planning process.





 

Neighbouring Developments

Are you coordinating the construction and design of St. Clair Place with Slate’s 1 Delisle project?


We are aware of Slate’s application at 1 Delisle. There is no plan to coordinate construction or design between the two developments.




What role will Wittington’s parcel at the southwest corner of Yonge & Heath play in the St. Clair Place project?


Currently non-residential options are being explored for the parcel at Yonge and Heath.




Do precedents for what is proposed for St. Clair Place exist between Eglinton and Bloor?


No, not at this scale. It is quite unique to have such a large redevelopment site at the doorstep of two major streets and two higher-order transit lines (Line 1 subway along Yonge Street and the 512 St. Clair streetcar).





 

Existing Storefronts

What will happen to the existing businesses and organizations on the project site?


Businesses and organizations currently within the project boundaries will be approached individually by Wittington to discuss the upcoming changes regarding their leases within the context of the construction of St. Clair Place.





 

Population

How will local history and heritage be incorporated into the design of St. Clair Place?


St. Clair Place will honour local history and heritage in several ways. The northern opening of the central courtyard provides a natural alignment and acts as a gateway with the neighbouring Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. The angled orientation of the Heath Street Bosque alludes to the “kink” in Yonge Street at its intersection with Heath Street, a historically significant deviation in the original concession road grid of Upper Canada (now southern Ontario).





 

Public Space & Programming

How will local history and heritage be incorporated into the design of St. Clair Place?


St. Clair Place will honour local history and heritage in several ways. The northern opening of the central courtyard provides a natural alignment and acts as a gateway with the neighbouring Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. The angled orientation of the Heath Street Bosque alludes to the “kink” in Yonge Street at its intersection with Heath Street, a historically significant deviation in the original concession road grid of Upper Canada (now southern Ontario).





 
 

Residential Units

What will the proportion of rental units and condo units be in St. Clair Place?


The distribution of rental versus condominium is still being explored.




Will there be unit sizes and spaces suitable for kids?


The development will include amenity spaces and housing target sizes for all sizes/types of families.




I am interested in purchasing or renting a unit in St. Clair Place.


Sales and leasing will not begin until later in the construction process.




Will there be replacement rental units for the existing rental units on the northern end of the project site along Heath Street East?


Yes, this is confirmed. 34 rental units will be replaced on the site.





 

Transportation, Traffic & Parking

What will the proportion of rental units and condo units be in St. Clair Place?


The distribution of rental versus condominium is still being explored.




Will there be unit sizes and spaces suitable for kids?


The development will include amenity spaces and housing target sizes for all sizes/types of families.




I am interested in purchasing or renting a unit in St. Clair Place.


Sales and leasing will not begin until later in the construction process.




Will there be replacement rental units for the existing rental units on the northern end of the project site along Heath Street East?


Yes, this is confirmed. 34 rental units will be replaced on the site.





 

Accessibility

How are accessibility considerations being incorporated into the design of St. Clair Place?


Ensuring that St. Clair Place is accessible to all community members and visitors is a key priority of the project. The project’s design will minimize barriers by meeting or exceeding the latest AODA accessibility standards. CNIB, a local organization with a community hub at Yonge & St. Clair that champions accessibility, has also been a key partner during the engagement and consultation process. Feedback on accessibility issues has been gathered at multiple engagement workshops to-date, as well, and taken into consideration during the design and planning process.





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