Rendering: BuzzBuzzHome

Location: 1221 Markham Road
Developer: Vermilion Developments
Architect: Richmond Architects Ltd.

In Scarborough’s Woburn neighbourhood, there are plans to revamp a commercial plaza off of Markham Road into a multi-building condominium complex.

Last week, Toronto city planners received a site plan approval application to develop a mixed-use, three-building condo complex of varying heights with 866 residential units just north of Markham and Ellesmere roads. The builder, Vermilion Developments, is working on other multi-family projects across the Greater Toronto Area, including Ancona Park Urban Towns and Leslie & Wellington Condos.

The application’s cover letter, prepared by Bousfields Inc, explains that the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) previously approved a three-building project on the same site with 733 residential suites in 2011. Now under new ownership, the project scheme has since been revised with a new architect on board.

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The 1.89-hectare rectangular lot proposed for development is located on the east side of Markham Road, about 150 metres north of Ellesmere Road. A parking lot and a single-storey commercial plaza currently fills the space, which houses medical clinics, restaurants and small businesses.

On the site, the application proposes three residential towers spanning 20, 26 and 30 storeys in height for a combination of 794,451 square feet of gross floor area. The tallest building, Block A, will sit closest to Markham Road. For a total of 30 storeys, a 24-storey tower portion with 345 residential units will be constructed on top of a six-storey podium. The podium will provide 8,768 square feet of non-residential gross floor area as retail space, neighboured by a vehicular dropoff area and a surface parking lot with 20 spaces.

The other two towers, Block B and C, will share a three-storey podium with 17- and 23-storey towers on top with 521 units between the buildings. Another circular vehicular drop-off area and a smaller surface parking area will exist between the towers. A new 60-foot-wide public street would be constructed east from Markham Road and connect into a cul-de-sac as part of the application. Indoor and outdoor amenity spaces will be incorporated into various levels of the three podiums, totalling 47,425 square feet.

In the collection of residential units, 409 suites would be reserved as one-bedroom units, alongside 237 one-bedroom-plus-den, 157 two-bedroom and 63 three-bedroom units. Two levels of underground parking would contain 723 parking spaces, the majority of which would be reserved for residential use. A total of 641 bicycle parking spaces and 681 lockers would be included between the three buildings.

In the neighbourhood, construction continues at Guildwood Condominiums on Kingston Road and on Daniels FirstHome™ Markham Sheppard.

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