I complain a lot in these blog postings. The City did this wrong. The stupid developer did that wrong. Yadda yadda. I even get tired of myself complaining.
But some things do work out alright. In the case of the 333 Preston development (Sako is the developer, major tenants include Adobe, Xerox, RBC, Heart and Crown) we have an example of a better quality development. The ground floor is chock full of narrow storefronts, each with a different colour signage and awning. The patio spaces are friendly and often well patronized. There are trees along the sidewalk, and ped-scaled lighting. A row of parked cars in a protected parking bay shelter the pedestrian environment from the moving traffic on Preston.
The building owners maintain lush landscaping along the street.
When this complex was under consideration, the merits of more retail on Preston was in serious doubt. This building compliments the street and in return attracts patronage in a virtuous circle.
Other developers in the area still object to providing storefront retail on their ground floors. They prefer the notion of the bland see-it-all-at-a-glimpse-at-50kmh approach. The success of Preston Square validates the mainstreet efforts of our planning dept.
May we see many more better quality developments like this.