Below is the model from five years ago for a long-running and controversial development site in the West End. There were two significant items on the site; the Legg residence (built around 1903, and divided into apartments, and considered to be a significant heritage resource) and what is thought to be the oldest tulip tree in Western Canada. A first attempt to retain the house, lose the tree and add a residential tower designed by Bing Thom Architects was not supported by City Council at the end of May because local residents strongly opposed the loss of the tree.
The revised proposal saved the tree, but the house was demolished, with a curved 17 storey tower replacing it. This proposal fits within the area’s zoning, so it was decided by the Development Permit Board five years ago.
Now nearing completion, with just the landscaping left, the tower can be appreciated for its attention to detail, with punched curved screens and curved glazed balconies.