Developers to contribute $20M to Toronto museum

June 7, 2008 at 11:23 am 1 comment

A story in the Globe & Mail documents the City of Toronto’s efforts to get a Toronto history museum built using funding from developers:

But with no municipal funding available for the project, a major portion of its estimated $100-million capital cost will have to come from a private developer, which could be permitted to build condominiums, offices or shops on part of the city-owned, 1.5-hectare site in exchange for a contribution of about $20-million toward construction of the museum.

This is worth keeping an eye on as the discussion heats up over the City of Victoria’s plan to build an art gallery and children’s museum along with a hotel or condo on the City-owned Crystal block site.

He concluded that “it’s going to be difficult” to reconcile the development with plans for the waterfront and the preferences of nearby residents, who held a design charrette to discuss options for the site in March.

John Bessai, a television producer who helped organize the charrette, said that “nobody was talking about towers” at the event, although the community doesn’t “want to rule anything out.” Mr. Vaughan, whose ward includes the silos, said that if the project includes a high-rise, its developer would have to understand that “with height comes massive additional responsibilities” for public amenities and sensitive design.

Wait a minute; does that mean they held a design charette with the community before serious discussions got underway? If so, that’s a contrast to how things seem to be going in Victoria. I anticipate the Downtown Residents’ Association won’t be consulted on the Crystal Block plans until there’s a finished proposal for us, which leaves little opportunity for constructive feedback, let alone a frank discussion over the fate of the bowling green and Cridge Park.

Entry filed under: architecture, urban design.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Yule Heibel  |  June 7, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    How interesting… Seems fellow DRA-member Andrew’s question, “Who is driving the Planning bus?”, is very valid. I also have my 2-cents to add to this topic, via an article in the upcoming July issue of FOCUS Magazine.


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