Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: June 24, 2019

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About St. Clair Place

What is St. Clair Place?


St. Clair Place is the working name of a mixed-use development proposed for the northeast corner of Yonge & St. Clair. The project site is bounded by Heath Street to the north, the St. Clair Centre and the Weston Centre to the south, Yonge Street to the west, and Alvin Avenue to the east.




Why is St. Clair Place being built?


St. Clair Place is being built to enhance public space and amenities at Yonge & St. Clair, and to act as a revitalized community hub for the neighbourhood. It will also become home for many new and existing residents of the growing Yonge & St. Clair community.




Who is the developer of St. Clair Place?


Wittington Properties Limited is the developer of St. Clair Place. Wittington is headquartered at the Weston Centre, which borders the St. Clair Place project site to the south. Capital Developments is a local development manager based in the Yonge & St. Clair area that is managing the planning and development process of St. Clair Place on behalf of Wittington.




Who comprises the St. Clair Place project team?


Developer: Wittington Properties Limited

Development Manager: Capital Developments

Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects

Landscape Architect: Claude Cormier + Associés

Community Engagement Consultant: LURA Consulting

Sustainability Consultant: Footprint





 

Application Process and Construction

What is St. Clair Place?


St. Clair Place is the working name of a mixed-use development proposed for the northeast corner of Yonge & St. Clair. The project site is bounded by Heath Street to the north, the St. Clair Centre and the Weston Centre to the south, Yonge Street to the west, and Alvin Avenue to the east.




Why is St. Clair Place being built?


St. Clair Place is being built to enhance public space and amenities at Yonge & St. Clair, and to act as a revitalized community hub for the neighbourhood. It will also become home for many new and existing residents of the growing Yonge & St. Clair community.




Who is the developer of St. Clair Place?


Wittington Properties Limited is the developer of St. Clair Place. Wittington is headquartered at the Weston Centre, which borders the St. Clair Place project site to the south. Capital Developments is a local development manager based in the Yonge & St. Clair area that is managing the planning and development process of St. Clair Place on behalf of Wittington.




Who comprises the St. Clair Place project team?


Developer: Wittington Properties Limited

Development Manager: Capital Developments

Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects

Landscape Architect: Claude Cormier + Associés

Community Engagement Consultant: LURA Consulting

Sustainability Consultant: Footprint





Engagement Process and Feedback

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.





 

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

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.





 

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

What is St. Clair Place?


St. Clair Place is the working name of a mixed-use development proposed for the northeast corner of Yonge & St. Clair. The project site is bounded by Heath Street to the north, the St. Clair Centre and the Weston Centre to the south, Yonge Street to the west, and Alvin Avenue to the east.




Why is St. Clair Place being built?


St. Clair Place is being built to enhance public space and amenities at Yonge & St. Clair, and to act as a revitalized community hub for the neighbourhood. It will also become home for many new and existing residents of the growing Yonge & St. Clair community.




Who is the developer of St. Clair Place?


Wittington Properties Limited is the developer of St. Clair Place. Wittington is headquartered at the Weston Centre, which borders the St. Clair Place project site to the south. Capital Developments is a local development manager based in the Yonge & St. Clair area that is managing the planning and development process of St. Clair Place on behalf of Wittington.




Who comprises the St. Clair Place project team?


Developer: Wittington Properties Limited

Development Manager: Capital Developments

Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects

Landscape Architect: Claude Cormier + Associés

Community Engagement Consultant: LURA Consulting

Sustainability Consultant: Footprint





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 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.





 

Accessibility

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.