City Staff / no to demolishing 1120 Dupont St. Current owner wants to build storage facility.

The owner of the property wants to develop a self storage facility on the site (see below)

Staff recommendation, 

Refuse the application to demolish the subject mixed use building at 1120 Dupont Street that contains one residential dwelling unit because there is no replacement building. 

The building contains one residential rental unit.

There is no new pending or approved new building permit for the site.


Background Information

(August 9, 2016) Report from the Director, Toronto Building, Toronto and East York District – Residential Demolition Application – 1120 Dupont Street

(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-95592.pdf)

Ontario municipal board file link

General text from the file, 

MEMORANDUM OF ORAL DECISION DELIVERED BY M. A. SILLS ON JUNE 1, 2016 AND ORDER OF THE BOARD
[1] Talus (“Applicant/Appellant”) has appealed the decision of the City of Toronto (“City”) Committee of Adjustment (“COA”) to refuse a minor variance application for the property located at 1120 Dupont Street (the “subject property/site”).

The purpose of the application is to facilitate the development of a purpose-built six-storey, self-storage warehouse with a maximum floor area of 6,885 square metres (“sq m”) on the subject property.

[3] The property is designated Employment Areas by the City’s Official Plan (“OP”), and zoned Industrial Commercial (with restrictions) by Zoning By-law No. 438-86, and Employment Light Industrial (with restrictions) by Zoning By-law No. 569-2013 (“ZBLs”)
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[4] The variances being sought generally relate to height, density, setback, parking and loading area access. Notably, it was pointed out that a technical revision to Variance 15; specifically, the word “maximum” needs to be removed and replaced with the word “minimum”.

[5] On May 17, 2016, the City served a Notice of Motion seeking to adjourn the scheduled hearing until a time that the City’s solicitor has had an opportunity “to retain and properly prepare a professional planner in this appeal”. A response to the motion opposing the adjournment was filed by Talus on May 30, 2016.

[6] On May 31, 2016, the Board received notification from the City’s solicitor that as a settlement had been reached between Talus and local residents, the motion for adjournment was being withdrawn and the City would not be participating in the hearing.

[7] The settlement was achieved by Talus agreeing to implement certain operational aspects of the business, including that limitations be placed on the hours of operation and size of truck which can access the facility.

[8] Local residents Brian So and Richard Rysanek affirmed their concurrence with the terms of the settlement. No other individuals or entities sought status in this matter.

[10] This 0.14 hectare (“ha”) site is located midblock on the north side of Dupont Street between Dufferin Street and Bartlett Avenue. Dupont Street is a four lane east- west arterial street located between Avenue Road to the east and Dundas Street West to the west. An east-west section of the Canadian Pacific rail corridor runs parallel to the rear of the property.
[11] The north side of Dupont Street has historically contained industrial and warehousing uses, while the south side of the street is more commonly comprised of low-rise residential building forms extending into residential neighbourhoods to the south.

[12] The proposed building is massed to create a three-storey brick-building frontage, stepping back at the fourth and sixth floor. The front face of the building features windows on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth floors. The first floor of the building contains an office area, parking and servicing, and some locker areas, while the basement and all remaining floors contain storage areas.

[13] The proposed self-storage warehouse use of the property is permitted by the Employment Areas designation of the OP. Mr. Glover submitted that the proposal preserves the employment use and optimizes the use of the subject property.

[14] It is Mr. Glover’s opinion that[10] This 0.14 hectare (“ha”) site is located midblock on the north side of Dupont Street between Dufferin Street and Bartlett Avenue. Dupont Street is a four lane east- west arterial street located between Avenue Road to the east and Dundas Street West to the west. An east-west section of the Canadian Pacific rail corridor runs parallel to the rear of the property

[11] The north side of Dupont Street has historically contained industrial and warehousing uses, while the south side of the street is more commonly comprised of low-rise residential building forms extending into residential neighbourhoods to the south

[12] The proposed building is massed to create a three-storey brick-building frontage, stepping back at the fourth and sixth floor. The front face of the building features windows on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth floors. The first floor of the building contains an office area, parking and servicing, and some locker areas, while the basement and all remaining floors contain storage areas.

[13] The proposed self-storage warehouse use of the property is permitted by the Employment Areas designation of the OP. Mr. Glover submitted that the proposal preserves the employment use and optimizes the use of the subject property

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[14] It is Mr. Glover’s opinion that the proposal satisfies the built form policies of the OP. The building has been massed to fit harmoniously into its existing and/or planned context by creating transitions in scale to neighbouring buildings, and adequately limits any shadowing and wind impacts on neighbouring streets, properties and open spaces. 

the proposal satisfies the built form policies of the OP. The building has been massed to fit harmoniously into its existing and/or planned context by creating transitions in scale to neighbouring buildings, and adequately limits any shadowing and wind impacts on neighbouring streets, properties and open spaces.

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  1. Kate says:

    Drove by today – Teperman’s demo sign was on it. Guess the owner wasn’t expecting this outcome?

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