544 King Street West
At the Community Consultation Meeting on April 30th, it was no surprise that the issue of height was raised, especially by local residents who are suffering from a case of deja vu. In 2009 a proposal for this site appealed to the OMB and won ... read the decision document here. Those plans were subsequently scrapped and this new application has been submitted to the City for approval. The original proposal in question saw an 8-storey (33.6 m) structure on the 544 King site and a 9-storey (36.8 m) structure on the 1-7 Morrison site. The new application now incorporates properties 540 and 544 King as well as 1, 7, and 9 Morrison and rises to 12 storeys (48.65 m).
Another contingent of local residents were vocal about the chaos that would result from all the activity planned for Morrison Street, even now a traffic nightmare. Citing the added burden of service and passenger vehicles accessing this large site, the GPS-driven activity from e-commerce and ride-hail services to a residential address off Morrison, and the intersection of Morrison with Adelaide at a bike lane, those familiar with the area predict that existing plans will result in disaster.