‘Il Posto’ apartment development in Oshawa going public September 13

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Published August 19, 2021 at 6:50 pm

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The public will get its first look at an application to convert the historic Post Office Building in downtown Oshawa to an eight-storey apartment building at a Planning Act meeting next month.

Atria Developments, who own Parkwood Residence and are currently building upscale high-rises at 100 Bond and 80 Bond – all in the city’s downtown – proposes to develop an eight-storey apartment building containing 143 units on top of the existing two-storey structure.

The striking former Oshawa Federal Building and Post Office was built in 1953-54 in the Art Moderne style.
Atria wants to re-zone the site to allow the increased building height, zero on-site parking spaces and reduced building setbacks, among other changes.

The applicant proposes to use the municipal public parking lot located directly east of the subject lands, on the south side of Athol Street East between Celina Street and Albert Street, for resident parking, which may include the construction of a decked parking structure.

The development, dubbed ‘Il Posto,’ is described by the developers as a “grand eight-storey loft residence that fuses a heritage post office constructed in the trademark art moderne style with contemporary loft interiors and a range of amenities perfect for generation-next.”

In addition to retaining the façade, Atria has also promised to preserve the large ‘Canada’ crest at the building’s entrance off Simcoe Street.

The virtual public meeting will be held September 13 and is open to the public through electronic participation only. Delegation requests to speak to this matter are required to be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 8 by contacting City Clerk Services in writing at [email protected]

Members of the public are also invited to submit correspondence, with the deadline to appear on the agenda September 7 by 4:30 p.m.

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