The addition placed on top of 2989 Dundas St west; in the opinion of this author, whole fully disfigures the Dundas St West and Pacific Ave street intersection.
Standing on any corner other than the south west corner provides the viewer with a massive warehouse type box sitting on top of historic building.
The larger question, however, surfaces again with this type of development renovation: Is this type of building change better or worse for the neighborhood than stronger rules at the municipal level to protect the historical core street scape of the Junction.
The City of Toronto has rules about renovations of new and renovated buildings stating they shall be designed sympathetic to the district heritage attributes, through massing, rhythm of solids and voids, significant design features, and high quality materials [1. http://www.toronto.ca/heritagepreservation/pdf/hcd_queenwest_draft_guidelines.pdf]
Further the city guidelines state…
The renovation of facades of contributing buildings should respect the original architectural style.
Also the city states is values “street walls”
A “street wall” is a condition where buildings consistently line or front to the edge of a street.
This building renovation simply does not meet the guidelines, nor considers the character of the Junction