The existing property is currently occupied by a two storey retail and residential building with one retail use and two residential apartments. This property was owned by a local family since the mid-1960’s. The family was looking to redevelop their property into a retail and residential building with one retail and 8 residential rental units.
In developing our proposal, V+A was mindful of the design character of Queen Street. A careful study of the surrounding context and urban design guidelines drove the design. Our design maintained and improved the quality of existing uses and is compatible with the neighbourhood. We consulted with stakeholders including the area planner, the local councillor and the West Queen West BIA. Their suggestions were incorporated into the design and believe they have no objections to the proposal.
Our design conformed to the Garrison Common North Secondary Plan. It supported the provision of range of housing types by increasing the number of rental units in the area as well as a ground level facade adaptable for changing uses.
The design incorporates a wide variety of window shapes within a three dimensional decorative frame element. It provides interest and texture. Its cornice is well defined for a dynamic shadow effect. The proposal continues the pattern of use and development on Queen Street West. We proposed to build to the full extent of the property. The store front height is consistent with adjacent buildings. The proposal incorporates a recessed entry, a well integrated residential entrance and barrier free access to the retail level.