Various designs and ideas circulated about what would happen to the 1950s Post Office that fills an entire city block. In November 2016 Musson Cattell Mackey submitted a rezoning that would see an office tower, some large format retail and two residential towers. Now it has been slightly revised from the version below, to the one shown here.
It’s a huge building – what you can see is massive – a Heritage ‘A’ structure designed by McCarter & Nairne (who also designed the Marine Building). What you can’t see is that the building is pretty much as big underground as above – and when it was built it was the world’s largest welded-steel structure, so we’re talking solid!
The heritage element would be converted into a seven-storey podium containing retail along all street frontages, rental housing, office, and parking. The office is proposed at 17 storeys, and the residential at 18 and 20, with 427 market rental units and 372 condos. There would be 273,000 sq ft of retail and 512,000 sq ft of office as well as a 49 space daycare. The initial response from the Urban Design Panel questioned the overall massing of the project and looked for some other changes including greater public space and a better link between Homer and Hamilton Streets.