The park is pathetic. No one is going to travel across the city to visit. It's still a pubic space any of us can visit. I doubt many of us will end up in the penthouse of The One. The floor space index is extremely high as well and it's a supertall regardless of any height increase. The proposed increase doesn't push it above 400 metres. It's just not something to whine about for me.
The decision now rests with the OLT. Staff are requesting that they be directed to oppose the increase at a future hearing. Too early to tell if it will go to a full hearing or if a settlement will be reached. If it's the former, then probably looking at almost a year for the hearing, then a few more months for a decision.So is their decision to deny the height increase final or can it still be granted?
I think Sam Mizrahi should placate the City of Toronto by creating a new park somewhere.
To be fair the reason people want the height increase isn't because of the public wants to be or would be in the penthouse. People want cool tall buildings that can be seen from all across the city and appreciated in that way from many places by many people as a dramatic peak on the skyline.
Now of course maybe that's a shallow reason and not a good reason to create new shadows on our holiest of holiest site Jesse Ketchum Park, but that is the thing to weigh as a trade-off value, not public access to the top of the tower.
Personally I think the skyline and this building's proportions (also in relation to 1 Bloor East and other buildings) would look better with it being taller. For me, having a higher peak at Yonge & Bloor would look very cool and this building's design is high quality enough to warrant it. And I do not personally care at all about sunlight on Jesse Ketchum (and personally find many of our parks with their wide open fields of grass are way too sunny and I generally cling to the small amounts of shade so I have a bias there...) but the park and schoolyard does have value for others and I don't personally go there and don't know how much it would be negatively impacted by not only increased shadowing from this but then potentially more shadowing from other proposals that would try to match the height and might get approved because precedent.
The problem is I don't have trust that when the City says "Shadowing bad. Jesse Ketchum must be protected from any new shadow and tall building stopped." I can't really say if it's actually bad because they always say height and shadowing is bad and it's a bit of a boy who cried wolf situation for me at this point.