8-elm-street-rendering-area Rendering: Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects

Toronto’s planning department has posted documents from a new proposal for an 80-storey condo tower near Yonge and Dundas Streets, releasing previously unpublished information about the project including clues to who the developer may be.

These files, which the City received yesterday and are viewable online here, give a detailed overview of a plan that, if approved, could see one of the tallest residential buildings in the country rise 259 metres (about 849 feet) on a roughly 20-by-33 metre sliver of land at 8 Elm Street.

While BuzzBuzzHome News reported yesterday that the project encompassed a proposed 469 residential units, the newly published papers confirm plans for condo units, not rentals, and show the developer doesn’t intend to include car parking on site, instead opting for 469 bicycle spaces below grade.

8-elm-street-yonge Rendering: Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects

Who, exactly, that developer is remains unconfirmed, but the documents suggest that a major GTA homebuilder is linked to the project.

Although the papers list 8 Elm Park Properties as the owner of the narrow, 658-square-metre site, its published business address, 50 Confederation Parkway, matches up with the Pemberton Group’s headquarters in Concord, Ontario.

The architecture firm Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects and urban planning consultants the Goldberg Group have been hired on to work on the 8 Elm Street project.

As renderings first tweeted yesterday pictured, the James Flemings Buildings, a row of century-old heritage buildings currently sitting on the proposal site, will be at least partly incorporated into the development’s podium.

The attached structures’ Elm Street facades and parts of the west and east facades would be maintained, according to a heritage impact assessment from Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects included with the application.

8-elm-street-rendering Rendering: Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects

This three-storey brick-and-mortar podium would house a ground level lobby and loading bay, while the second and third floors would serve as offices. Retail isn’t proposed for this mixed-use development, documents reveal.

Above the podium, there would be four floors of indoor and outdoor amenities, fronted with angled pillars facing Elm Street. Residential units would continue from the eighth to the 80th floors, with the exception of the 45th floor, which would house a terrace and indoor amenity room.

The mix of planned units includes 181 studios, 74 one-bedroom/one-bedroom-plus den units, 179 two-bedroom suites and 35 three-bedroom residences. With limited square footage to work with, floors eight to 44 only include seven units each. From the 46th level up, the number of units per floor shrinks to six.

A tower of this height in the surrounding area is not unprecedented. Canderel Residential’s Aura, a 272-metre-tall (about 892 feet) condo tower, currently Canada’s tallest residential building, is located to the south at College Park.

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