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Toronto Rejects Proposal to Demolish the Hotel Waverly and the Silver Dollar Room

The developer now intends to make an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Photo by superherb, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Last year, the Wynn Group submitted a proposal to tear down the Silver Dollar Room and the Hotel Waverly (which we toured in 2013), and replace them with a 22-storey building that would accommodate a brand-new Silver Dollar on the ground floor, a fitness club, and 20 floors of privatized student housing.

Yesterday, the Toronto and East York Community Council rejected the plan, indicating that “the proposal in its current form is not supportable” because “it does not promote a harmonious fit with the existing neighbourhood context” at Spadina and College.

One of council’s major concerns involves the proposed building’s height, which is 70 metres—far more than the 16-metre maximum height permitted under the relevant zoning bylaw.

The future of this site remains uncertain, though: the developer has signalled he’ll be appealing council’s decision at the OMB, and word on whether 484 and 486 Spadina Avenue should be designated as heritage properties is expected from the City’s Heritage Preservation Services by spring.


  • Christopher

    Stayed there once after raving at the Comfort Zone and the curtains in the room were waving around. When I pulled the curtains back to close the window, there was no window to close because it was smashed out.

  • leslieville

    Regardless if people think it is an eyesore, to build a build that size in an area that is mainly low-rise is not a good choice.
    If you rip it down because of cockroaches and bedbugs, where do you think they will go? He’s a clue, to other people’s homes.

    We have a culture that just rips down buildings that we feel are not attractive to us and fail to accept that there is histry in that architecture.

    The city really needs to start maintaining historic integrity and not allow everythig to be torn down to build 20 storeys+ of glass and flash.

  • nevilleross

    Said student housing doesn’t need to be supertall in order to be good, as much as it could just be super-wide.