Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: June 24, 2019

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About St. Clair Place

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.





 

Application Process and Construction

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.





Engagement Process and Feedback

What are the population growth projections for the Yonge & St. Clair area?


As per the 2016 census, population change is up 7.5% from 2011 with over, 12,528 residents in the Yonge and St. Clair area (Source: 2016 City of Toronto Neighbourhood Profile).





 

Height, Aesthetics, Views, Sun/Shadow & Privacy

What are the proposed tower heights?


The current application has three towers with heights of 34, 39 and 59 storeys.




Why are the towers so tall?


The proposed tower heights help support the vibrancy and liveliness of the public space proposed at ground level. The development proposal prioritizes the public realm and aims to maximize benefits to the community. A certain amount of height/density is required to support these benefits.




Are development proposals of this height typical?


Yes, particularly in transit-rich neighbourhoods across the City.




How will access to air and sunlight be preserved?


The architectural design of St. Clair Place features setbacks and very wide distances between the towers to ensure maximum sunlight and air and minimal shadowing and wind tunnelling.




Are there “squash-and-spread” alternatives to the current proposal?


There is no “squash & spread” option to this proposal. The height and density proposed support the public realm elements.




What building materials will St. Clair Place feature?


The podium of St. Clair Place will feature brick extensively, honouring the local brickmaking heritage in the Don Valley and exemplifying local residential character. The use of brick also reflects community input from engagement workshops. Above the podium, the towers will feature glass and “green” living roofs.





 
 

Sustainability

How will St. Clair Place be environmentally sustainable?


St. Clair Place will endeavour to be a landmark development for sustainability. The building’s materials and its energy and water systems will meet standards such as LEED and the Toronto Green Standard. Architectural design features will naturally help insulate the building in the winter and cool it in the summer, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint.





Local History & Heritage

What are the population growth projections for the Yonge & St. Clair area?


As per the 2016 census, population change is up 7.5% from 2011 with over, 12,528 residents in the Yonge and St. Clair area (Source: 2016 City of Toronto Neighbourhood Profile).





 

Neighbouring Developments

What are the proposed tower heights?


The current application has three towers with heights of 34, 39 and 59 storeys.




Why are the towers so tall?


The proposed tower heights help support the vibrancy and liveliness of the public space proposed at ground level. The development proposal prioritizes the public realm and aims to maximize benefits to the community. A certain amount of height/density is required to support these benefits.




Are development proposals of this height typical?


Yes, particularly in transit-rich neighbourhoods across the City.




How will access to air and sunlight be preserved?


The architectural design of St. Clair Place features setbacks and very wide distances between the towers to ensure maximum sunlight and air and minimal shadowing and wind tunnelling.




Are there “squash-and-spread” alternatives to the current proposal?


There is no “squash & spread” option to this proposal. The height and density proposed support the public realm elements.




What building materials will St. Clair Place feature?


The podium of St. Clair Place will feature brick extensively, honouring the local brickmaking heritage in the Don Valley and exemplifying local residential character. The use of brick also reflects community input from engagement workshops. Above the podium, the towers will feature glass and “green” living roofs.





 

Existing Storefronts

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.





 

Population

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.





 

Public Space & Programming

What are the proposed tower heights?


The current application has three towers with heights of 34, 39 and 59 storeys.




Why are the towers so tall?


The proposed tower heights help support the vibrancy and liveliness of the public space proposed at ground level. The development proposal prioritizes the public realm and aims to maximize benefits to the community. A certain amount of height/density is required to support these benefits.




Are development proposals of this height typical?


Yes, particularly in transit-rich neighbourhoods across the City.




How will access to air and sunlight be preserved?


The architectural design of St. Clair Place features setbacks and very wide distances between the towers to ensure maximum sunlight and air and minimal shadowing and wind tunnelling.




Are there “squash-and-spread” alternatives to the current proposal?


There is no “squash & spread” option to this proposal. The height and density proposed support the public realm elements.




What building materials will St. Clair Place feature?


The podium of St. Clair Place will feature brick extensively, honouring the local brickmaking heritage in the Don Valley and exemplifying local residential character. The use of brick also reflects community input from engagement workshops. Above the podium, the towers will feature glass and “green” living roofs.





 
 

Residential Units

How will St. Clair Place be environmentally sustainable?


St. Clair Place will endeavour to be a landmark development for sustainability. The building’s materials and its energy and water systems will meet standards such as LEED and the Toronto Green Standard. Architectural design features will naturally help insulate the building in the winter and cool it in the summer, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint.





 

Transportation, Traffic & Parking

What are the proposed tower heights?


The current application has three towers with heights of 34, 39 and 59 storeys.




Why are the towers so tall?


The proposed tower heights help support the vibrancy and liveliness of the public space proposed at ground level. The development proposal prioritizes the public realm and aims to maximize benefits to the community. A certain amount of height/density is required to support these benefits.




Are development proposals of this height typical?


Yes, particularly in transit-rich neighbourhoods across the City.




How will access to air and sunlight be preserved?


The architectural design of St. Clair Place features setbacks and very wide distances between the towers to ensure maximum sunlight and air and minimal shadowing and wind tunnelling.




Are there “squash-and-spread” alternatives to the current proposal?


There is no “squash & spread” option to this proposal. The height and density proposed support the public realm elements.




What building materials will St. Clair Place feature?


The podium of St. Clair Place will feature brick extensively, honouring the local brickmaking heritage in the Don Valley and exemplifying local residential character. The use of brick also reflects community input from engagement workshops. Above the podium, the towers will feature glass and “green” living roofs.





 

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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