Proposed apartment building at King & Lyle

Urban-Design-Brief-700-King-Street-2015-03-15.pdf_(page_35_of_47).jpgWhat is being proposed?

Medallion Corporation, the developer that built the two large apartment buildings at 700 King St, has proposed a third apartment building for the Northeast corner of King St and Lyle St.

The building is proposed to be 21 stories, with up to 298 units.

The existing two buildings are 21 stories (292 units) and 24 stories (325 units).

What has happened so far?

January 22: evening open house hosted by the Old East Village BIA, with Stantec and City of London planning staff attending.

February 18: notice of an application to amend the zoning bylaw sent to area residents.

March 18: urban design brief on the proposed development (47 pages) reviewed by Urban Design Peer Review Panel and their recommendations (two pages).

April 29: notice of public participation meeting (two pages) to be held on 19 May sent to area residents.

Next Steps

There will be a public participation meeting at the planning and environment committee meeting at City Hall on 19 May. It will start no earlier than 4:30pm.

The planning staff report on the proposed development, which may be different from what it shown in the urban design brief, will be available the week before the meeting. Until that report is available, the urban design brief is a good document to read to understand what is being proposed. I will update this page when the planning staff report is available.

Key Contacts

Mike Corby is the City of London planner for this application. His email is mcorby@london.ca and his phone number is 519-661-2500, ext 4657.

Please share your thoughts with me using the feedback form below, by emailing me at jhelmer@london.ca or calling me at 226-268-7536.

Members of the planning and environment committee: my colleagues on the committee are Paul Hubert (Chair), Phil Squire (Vice-Chair), Maureen Cassidy and Stephen Turner.

Jen Pastorius is the manager of the Old East Village BIA. Her email is admin@oldeastvillage.com.

Kristina Greenaway Courey is the president of the Old East Village Community Association. Her email is oevcapresident@gmail.com.

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  • commented 2015-06-03 12:44:16 -0400
    I work in the west tower of Revo apartments and I would just like to address one of Tim Pearson’s concerns. Tim, our boiler rooms are located at the top of the buildings for maximum energy efficiency and we always encourage and support environmental initiatives. One of our main goals is to have a positive impact on the OEV and the staff here are working towards increasing our community involvement :)
  • commented 2015-05-12 23:11:50 -0400
    I appreciate the investment by Medallion but would prefer to see a more comprehensive vision for the area. The towers seem out of scale for the neighbourhood and there is no transition from high-rise to mid-rise and low rise structures. I look to Sugarcreek Village (Beaverbrook and Riverside) as an example of a quality design with a range of building heights and densities, open space, amenities, etc. I would encourage Medallion to seek out other properties (e.g.: Dundas and English) where mid-rise could be injected to ease the transition to high-rise.
  • commented 2015-05-01 17:29:53 -0400
    I’m not opposed to the development per se, however I think more could be done with the design. Like so much residential development in London, the design seems lazy, intended to meet bare minimum standards while maximizing returns for the developer. Instead, I suggest that the needs of the community be given priority, the aesthetic impact of the building, and most importantly its environmental footprint. If these kinds of developments are to be build in OEV, we have a real chance to be a leader in environmentally sustainable design. It is my understanding that highrises are notoriously inefficient. It takes a lot of energy to pump water up 21 floors. Optimal building height is 6 to 8 floors, which would fit much better into the neighbourhood. At the very least, the building should be designed to LEED standards of sustainability and energy efficiency. This has been done elsewhere without significant increases in cost either to developers or to potential tenants. It’s a matter of insisting that good, sustainable design be a part of any project. It seems to me that this is just the kind of change that OEV could lead.
  • commented 2015-04-30 20:45:20 -0400
    I have no objections to the building of a third apartment block,the only concern I have is the junction of Lyle/dundas/elizabeth with another building the traffic will be greater and this junction is a confusing junction any way
  • commented 2015-04-30 19:24:17 -0400
    Far more worried about Lorne Ave public school. With all the residential buildings going in, maybe a YMCA at Lorne would hit the spot. Anything that doesn’t bring the dregs of society to our neighborhood is fine by me.
  • commented 2015-04-30 18:51:44 -0400
    Keep the coming! More people living in the area the better!
  • commented 2015-04-30 18:28:57 -0400
    Great to see the development. great to see Medallion want to bring a third building, I drive by the property everyday and the exterior is well maintained. I would hope we give them approval …more bodies in the area will bode well for oev.
  • commented 2015-04-30 00:09:34 -0400
    I love it. Brings more folks into OEV, which has to have a positive effect on local businesses. Nice sleek design too.