For the downtown commuter that needs easy access to transit and highways, a recently proposed condominium community is set to provide a wealth of transportation options.
Last week, a Zoning Bylaw Amendment application was submitted on behalf of Worsley Keele Limited, seeking to build a mixed-use condo complex at 2699 Keele Street in Toronto’s Downsview neighbourhood. Situated on the north-east corner of Highway 401 and Keele Street, the proposed project calls for a 12-storey midrise joined with a 24-storey residential tower, for a combined total of 398 units. A public park with a landscaped pedestrian path system would also be incorporated into the community.
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The 1.52-acre property in question was previously part of a larger 7-acre lot that was home to a Canadian Tire store, before it was demolished and replaced with a stacked townhouse development 15 years ago, according to the planning rationale. The remaining land, now a shuttered gas station and gas bar, would be the development site of the new condominium complex.
Approximately 20 percent of the residential suites would be reserved for two-bedroom units. Collectively, there would be 280 one-bedroom, 82 two-bedroom and 36 three-bedroom suites. Within the five-level underground parking garage, 369 vehicle spaces would be provided, with resident bike parking available on the P1 and ground levels of the building.
A central lobby facing George Appleton Way would be included, alongside an adjacent indoor-outdoor amenity area and ground-floor commercial space facing the corner of Keele Street and George Appleton Way. About 8,568 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space would be added, split between the ground, second, third and ninth floors of the building. On the ninth floor, two indoor amenity rooms would be accompanied by a large outdoor amenity deck with southern-facing views.
In addition to Highway 401, the immediate area of the proposed condo complex would connect future residents to TTC bus routes. Further north, an eight-minute drive would take commuters to the Downsview Park TTC and GO Station, as well as Downsview Airport.