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Rize tower @Broadway/Kingsway to come down 7 stories, density down almost 20 per cent

April 13th, 2011 · 40 Comments

This just in from the Rize people

This Mount Pleasant site was previously identified by the city’s Mount Pleasant Community Plan (the result of three years of community consultation by the city with area residents) as one of two sites suitable for high rise and high density, partially due to its proximity to the busy Broadway corridor.
After extensive community input, including a March 20th community workshop where locals voiced strong opposition, Rize revised its rezoning application for the Kingsway and Broadway site and they showcased the changes yesterday.
The changes include:
·         Overall height reduced by 27%- from 26 storeys to 19 storeys
·         Low massing changes-height and form of massing at Broadway similar to Lee Building, masonry arcade similar to Lee Building added along Broadway, height reduced 1 story at Kingsway and 1 storey at Watson with setback penthouses added along Broadway.
·         Overall density reduced by 17%- before 6.44 FSR, now 5.33 FSR

·         Architectural character-City Planning Department  to draft conditions requiring that architectural character, expression, materials and details to reflect Mount Pleasant neighbourhood character
·         Community Amenities and Benefits- 9,200 sq. ft. community art space unchanged, 6,600 sq, ft. increase and improvements to public realm, $528,000 public art contribution, STIR homes reduced from 62 to 20 units 
After listening to the community’s concerns and revising their proposal for the site, Rize hopes to continue working with city staff and the community to move forward with a project which will add to Mount Pleasant.

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