The York Building - Coming To The Old Plass Location On York
This morning, on my walk to the train, I spotted this rendering that is up on the windows of the old Plass store on York Street. It shows a three-story mixed-use building and has an entry on the 'public walkway' to the north of the existing Plass building with an entrance for something called "York Condominiums".
I covered the building back in February when they took the asbestos out of the first floor here on the blog.
It looks to have a terraced elevation with the second and third floors receding backwards - which I think will help with the street presence. I am, a bit bummed that they're going to be ripping down the Plass building - along with the sign. Take a look at this post that shows the sign and the building.
I know that government's role isn't to dictate to property owners what they can/should do with their property, but as the Elmhurst City Centre continues to evolve, I think we'll wish we had *more* of the old buildings that came from a previous generation.
At the same time, we have to balance the need to profit for business people along with preservation and community impact. Does this constitute the best/highest use? I'm not sure. But, having more retail on York along with more residents in the core of the downtown (with condos), I'm going to say that I land on the 'support' side of the spectrum on this project.
The timeline? It says that this thing will be coming in Spring 2016. That's fast. That's good!