Could the Hobbit House have been moved to a more prominent location?

The following observation comes to us from Jon Petrie:

Below is a picture of the Hobbit House (22 Aug) taken from the corner of Ash and 25th. The house is about to be moved southward a few feet. At the public hearing on June 3, 2014, I suggested the house, if it was going to be saved, be moved to the corner of Ash and 25th where it would be a good deal more visible than at the middle of the block. Some ‘expert’ (the developer’s representative or the architect) said the house could not be moved. Take a look at picture, the statement was clearly untrue. Further details under picture.

Hobbit House construction site Aug 22 2015

Additional notes (from CityHallWatch)

Details about the “Hobbit House” HRA (587 West King Edward Avenue) can be found in the Public Hearing agenda from June 3, 2015.
The following plan shows the location of the heritage house (unchanged):
Hobbit House plan view
A total of 20 three-storey townhouses are part of this development that preserves the heritage home at 587 West King Edward.
Hobbit House lane elev

One thought on “Could the Hobbit House have been moved to a more prominent location?

  1. At the public hearing Jon Petrie was urging the Hobbit House be moved to the corner to provide some real visibility for the character building and also so greater FSR could be accommodated gracefully on the site — the FSR (floor space ratio, a measure of intensity of development) for the development is significantly below the maximum allowed and too low given that the site is 100 meters or so from a Canada Line station. FSR minimums are needed for new developments near good public transit nodes and along major transit corridors if we are to accommodate population growth without significant increase in private automobile use on the existing somewhat overcrowded arterials.

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