Proposed 50-storey Jarvis Street condo would cast a shadow over Allan Gardens—and its historic conservatory

Proposed 50-storey Jarvis Street condo would cast a shadow over Allan Gardens—and its historic conservatory

The greenhouse at Allan Gardens (Image: Diego Torres Silvestre) 

An anti-development fight is in its early stages over a property near Allan Gardens, where a proposed 50-storey condo could cast a shadow—literally—over the park. According to the Toronto Star, city planning staff object to Duration Investments plans for a 590-unit condominium on Jarvis south of Carlton Street, because it would block sunlight from the park’s 16,000 square feet of greenhouses and centuries-old trees. For the 156.6-metre building to move ahead, developers would have to convince the city to bend zoning rules capping building height at 12 metres. However, they likely won’t have the support of area councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who called the proposal “far too aggressive for that site.” We suggest Duration sidestep the debate and build a ridiculously cool and futuristic building that casts no shadow at all instead. Just sayin’. Read the entire story [Toronto Star] »