Monday, July 23, 2012

The next battle?

Auburn Developments wants to tear down these two buildings at 560 and 562 Wellington Street and build a 25-storey tower overlooking Victoria Park.  Both buildings are within the West Woodfield Heritage Conservation District. They're still in use, not neglected, and among the very few heritage structures still standing around Victoria Park. Auburn's proposal should prompt quite a few questions about heritage preservation as well as urban design. Do we want a huge tower looming over Victoria Park? 

Update - May 2015 - Auburn is still planning a 25-storey tower here, but needs rezoning approval and a change to London's official plan before beginning. Opinions differ as to how this will affect Victoria Park, the Woodfield neighbourhood, and other older buildings around the park.

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