There are exciting plans afoot for the former TD building on Huntsville’s Main Street.
Ben Jardine of Greystone Project Management was before Huntsville’s planning committee on July 10 representing the building’s new owners. He said the idea is to bring back some of the traditional architecture of the building, a blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles designed in 1926 by renowned architect John Macintosh Lyle whose more recognized work includes the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto and the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, as well as contributions to Toronto’s Union Station.
“We’re very much trying to bring back the traditional, original architecture of the building, again highlighting the limestone mouldings, adding the inscribed signage over the central door, reverting the main entrance from the right side of the building back to the centre and then bringing back many of the original glazing details,” said Jardine.
A modern, residential second storey will be added to the building while the main floor will serve as retail space for two new stores — one with access off Main Street and the other to be accessed from the River Mill Park side of the building.
Wolfe Co. Apparel and Goods will be located on Huntsville’s Main Street and Zahara’s Boutique will be located on the King Street/River Mill Park side of the building.
The committee was pleased with the presentation and the site plan was approved. Committee chair Nancy Alcock said the proposal was “awesome” and Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison said, “it certainly activates the park side of the building in a way that we are very hopeful that others will soon emulate and catch on to so kudos, I think it’s fantastic.”
You can find the staff planning report here.
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