Since our original July 8, 2015 submission Westbank facilitated two design charrettes with City staff, participated in City-led public open houses on the Proposal and on the Four Corners study, maintained a continual public presence at Markham House as a dynamic public information and engagement centre, and actively engaged with the public through a series of community-driven events.
In response to what we’ve heard we are proposing additional changes to our existing design:
Consolidating all parking and loading functions in a shared below-grade facility;
Expanding the on-site park, and introducing south-facing retail to activate this space;
Extending a pedestrian service tunnel beneath Markham to connect the new building on the West Property to the new shared loading area on the East Property;
Retaining heritage properties at 742 and 744 Bathurst;
In situ retention of the heritage house forms on the east side of Markham; and
Reducing overall tower heights and base building massing.
These changes will compliment the revisions of our May 2016 submission which included:
The revised proposal, submitted in January 2017, maintains the defining features of the original proposal including the range of building types and use of the micro-towers, the diverse retail strategy including the Mirvish Village Market, extensive public realm improvements focused on Markham and coordinated across the site, and the provision of 100% purpose built rental housing in a variety of unit sizes & types.”