An existing apartment complex in North York’s Don Valley Village could get a new high-rise rental addition.
This week, an official plan amendment and rezoning application was submitted to city planners to construct a 31-storey rental apartment building at 25 Leith Hill Road. The development site is currently occupied by an existing 15-storey rental tower, which would be preserved on the redeveloped lot.
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The “L-shaped” development lot in question sits on the south side of Leith Hill Road, west of Don Mills Road and north of Sheppard Avenue East, close to the Don Mills TTC station. Accompanied by surface and underground parking, the 15-storey rental apartment building houses 147 units with approximately 132,622 square feet of gross floor area. This tower would not be demolished to make way for the new development, the planning rationale explains.
The new, 31-storey building would be constructed at the rear of the property in an area that is currently in use as landscaped open space. Of the 294 suites proposed for the tower, there would be 162 one-bedroom, 99 two-bedroom and 33 three-bedroom units. Combining both towers, the lot would increase its unit count to 441 rental suites and 378,233 square feet of gross residential floor area.
A five-storey base podium would be constructed in a way that matches the curve of the street. The sixth floor provides a transition between the podium and tower portions by incorporating indoor and outdoor amenity space. The tower narrows further at the 10th and 18th floors. Spanning 245,615 square feet of gross floor area, the new building would provide 12,658 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space located throughout the ground level and the entire sixth floor.
While there will be no direct access to the building from Leith Hill Road, a front door lobby would provide access to the building from a new north-south public street that would run along the eastern side of the lot and join into Leith Hill Road. Access would also be provided from a circular passenger loading space off of the new street.
Connecting to the existing underground garage on the lot, a new four-level parking garage and surface area would total 264 vehicle spaces for both buildings. Approximately 43 existing parking spaces would need to be removed as a result of the new building and streets. A total of 221 bicycle parking spaces would also be included.