The project required a multidisciplinary team and a creative response to site and area opportunities and constraints, including:
- the integration of on-site heritage resources (the building at 164-166 Bathurst Street)
- existing rental dwelling units
- the adjacency of low-rise uses including existing residential and school uses
- a public realm that lacked presence
Bousfields provided strategic planning and urban design advice to overcome policy and design considerations associated with a site located just outside of the delineated Downtown and along an important Avenue. The siting and massing of the building above the on-site heritage resource required consideration of its unique context and of the Tall Building Design Guidelines.
The project also required leadership from our Community Engagement Team who worked with existing tenants and adjacent landowners, including the condominium to the immediate south, as well as City Staff to overcome challenges with respect to transition and rental housing replacement.
We supported our client group through an iterative process that led to a City Council approved and community-supported mixed-use project that balanced meaningful development and design with appropriate transition in its context.
The development provided for a much needed reinvigoration of the public realm and enhanced streetscape along both frontages of the block and the project provided prominence to the street corner through the integration of the retained heritage elements of the existing building at 164-166 Bathurst Street.
At the outset there were concerns by the adjacent residents with respect to a mid-rise or tall building being proposed on the site. However, through the process we worked with the community to ensure that the building was well designed, with appropriate transition, and the result was a building that fits within its context and provides for an enhanced public realm and pedestrian experience.
Reside On Richmond
Address: 152-164 Bathurst Street and 621-627 Richmond Street West
Planning for growth. Building on history.
Creating connections for an emerging community.
Reimagining the public realm.
A collaborative Master planning process for a vibrant waterfront community.
An iconic landmark designed to change a city.
A waterfront community that reaches new heights.
An artful approach to a vibrant new neighbourhood.
Honouring the past to meet the needs of a modern community.
Designed to sustain an engaged community for decades to come.