Live Nation's proposal to convert part of the Champions-Greenwood Off Track Betting teletheatre at Queen Street East and Kingston Road into a live music venue has received approval from the Toronto and East York Committee of Adjustment.
The vote gives the green light to move forward with alterations to the existing entertainment venue and increase capacity over two levels by 200 to 2,700.
The theatre is expected to be operated by Live Nation, and will occupy 3,150 square metres of the space at the east end of the complex.
Planning consultant Michael Bissett, acting on behalf of EMM Financial Corp., owner of the building at 1661 Queen Street East, states in the Bousfields Inc. application, that it is anticipated that there will be “about 150 live performance events a year.”
Bissett later told Inside Toronto that “This won’t just be concerts. There will be private events, and there will be comedy. There will be about 150 events a year, but 80 to 90 will be concerts and comedies and the rest will be corporate.”
The committee approved the plan with some caveats: it can be no larger than 3,150 square metres, and it cannot be used as a disco, dance hall or night club.
The facility has parking for 700 vehicles, rear-door loading facilities and public transit.
Although Live Nation has been named in several reports as involved in the project, at no time in the application process is the concert promoter actually named so for now, it is anyone's guess who is going to be presenting shows at the facility.
At least one other facility owner in the city is known to have been scouting a venue of this size.