GTA projects and developments updated

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Here are reports on some significant projects and developments within the Greater Toronto area.

Sunnybrook rental towers planned for Midtown Toronto

The Sunnybrook Plaza redevelopment at Bayview and Eglinton in midtown Toronto recently submitted an application for Site Plan Approval.

The latest changes to the proposal came in response to approval conditions secured in a settlement with the former Ontario Municipal Board (now Local Planning Appeals Tribunal) in 2016.

The two-building project is set to become a purpose-built rental community. Property owner RioCan REIT has teamed up wth Concert Properties, Urban Toronto reports.

The updated plans incorporate major revisions by Turner Fleischer Architects, most notably the buildings’ heights and exterior expression, and includes the following:

  • Redesigned with the OMB-mediated heights of 16 and 11 storeys (55.9 and 44.05 metres high) reduced from the previous 19 and 13-storey heights.
  • Revised the 2016 OMB settlement by increasing the amount of gross floor area permitted for the site.
  • Major changes to massing and exterior expression are evident in the rectilinear massing with a mix of brick, limestone-hued precast, and window wall cladding making up the exterior expression.
  • A total of 417 rental units which is a reduction from the previous 426. Now proposed in a mix of 75 studio units with average sizes of 36 m2, 183 one-bedroom units with average sizes of 61 m2, 132 two-bedroom units with average sizes of 75 m2, and 27 three-bedroom units with average sizes of 102 m2.

The development at the Crosstown LRT’s Leaside station is set to open in 2021.

Menkes revises plans for 49 storey tower

Revised plans have been submitted by Menkes Developments for a mixed-used project at 4800 Yonge Street, designed by Miami based Arquitectonica, Toronto’s B+H Architects and Turner Fleischer Architects.

The developers are seeking final approvals for the 49 storey tower planned to rise from the southwest corner at Sheppard in North York City Centre, according to Urban Toronto.

The revised plan introduces changes to the podium which has been increased from five levels to eight, and the building’s total gross floor area (GFA), has been decreased from 50,012 m2 to 49,906 m2.

Office GFA has increased from 8,469 m2 to just over 15,000 m2 owing to the larger podium, while conversion of the tower’s lowest levels to podium translates to a GFA decrease from 38,129 m2 to 34,387 m2 for condominium suites.

At street level, the previously proposed 751 m2 of retail space has been reduced to 519 m2 following the addition of an atrium at the building’s northeast corner.

Even though there is a loss of residential floor area, units have been adjusted in a way that results in the number of suites increasing by just one, from 497 to 498. The units are broken down as follows:

  • 32 bachelor units
  • 363 one-bedroom units
  • 79 two-bedroom units
  • 24 three-bedroom units

Residents will have access to 969 m2 of indoor amenity space and 753 m2 of outdoor amenity space.

Other revisions include changes to the site’s underground garage, being reduced from five levels to four, providing 341 parking spaces for residents, office and retail tenants and visitors. Bicycle storage is being decreased from 456 spaces to 432 spaces.


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