353 West Grand Debuts Tonight.  Again.

Last week we told you that the residential skyscraper planned for the corner of Grand and Orleans in River North is back on.  Tonight we find out if it’s on like a lunch date with your mom, or on like Donkey Kong.  Whatever that means.

A rendering of the 2015 version of 353 West Grand.

A rendering of the 2015 version of 353 West Grand.

Onni is the semi-familiar name behind this project to replace the old Clark and Barlow hardware store at 353 West Grand Avenue with 356 new homes in a 38-story tower.  The Canadian developer is best known locally for redeveloping the old Atrium Village, and worst known back home for contributing to Vancouver’s dismally repetitive skyscraper forest.

It sounds like a good idea. But not when every - single - building looks exactly the same.

It sounds like a good idea. But not when every – single – building looks the same.

The new proposal to be unveiled tonight is six stories taller, and 26 units more peoplier than what was shown to the public in 2015.  That plan brought out the torch-and-pitchfork crowd because it would pretty much obliterate the views from the Sexton Lofts, and leave just a narrow 30-foot-wide shared alley between the two buildings.

What changes are planned will become clear tonight at 6:00pm at the East Bank Club.  No, I’m not linking to an address.  This is an opportunity to show the Millennial in your life how a phone book works.

 

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  1. So the building is longer than it is tall, if it stretches to Franklin.

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