Proposal for an 11-storey mixed-use building containing 230 residential dwelling units. The proposed non-residential gross floor area is 756 square metres, and the proposed residential gross floor area is 17,699.0 square metres.
I'm going to have to differ w/the consensus here.
I'd prefer to see the clear podium level at 2 storeys rather than 1.
I'm also not keen in the inset/setback space.
I recognize the sidewalk is too narrow here, I'd rather see a general 1.5M widening along the length of the building, rather than a centred-inset.
Unless I'm misreading the renderings, we have both the inset and general widening happening here. The further-out portions of the podium are flush with the facades of the adjascent semi-detatched homes, more than doubling the current sidewalk width.
This stretch of Dupont is one of the first gaps in the streetwall & walkable fabric heading west from Dupont station. To me, this is a great project from a walkability perspective and in terms of tying together the retail strip.
I do see your point about the podium being short, but I also like variety and think that a single-storey podium represents that. I like that it makes the ground floor feel intimate.
TLDR: I get where you are coming from, but think your concerns in this specific case may be misplaced.