In a city that has historically been strapped for rental units, a new apartment has been proposed for North York’s Bayview Woods – Steeles neighbourhood.
A rezoning application, that also includes a new condo tower, was submitted to city planners on December 18th. The application proposes that one 14-storey purpose-built rental tower and one 10-storey condominium building be constructed at 10 Ruddington Drive in North York.
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The rectangular, 3.4-acre development site is situated at the northeast corner of Ruddington Drive and Bayview Avenue. A 13-storey, 1960s-era apartment building with 155 rental units currently exists in the centre of the site, which the proposal intends to retain. The new buildings would be constructed on the eastern and western portions of the lot, oriented towards the main streets of the intersection.
The site is also occupied by open space with mature trees, paved driveways and surface parking, plus a one-level underground parking garage with 129 spaces. The 14-storey rental building fronting Bayview Avenue, dubbed the Bayview Tower, would share an expanded underground parking garage with the existing apartment building. A 7,007-square-foot parkland dedication has also been suggested for north of the condo mid-rise, referred to as the Ruddington building.
The Bayview Tower would span a gross floor area of 155,699 square feet, delivering 182 new purpose-built rentals broken down into 69 one-bedroom, 93 two-bedroom and 20 three-bedroom units. Approximately 9,375 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space is slated for the building, divided between the ground, second and penthouse levels. Two levels of underground parking would provide the Bayview Tower with 135 vehicle spaces, including three spots reserved for car sharing.
The Ruddington building would encompass 113,957 square feet of gross floor area with 127 new condo suites, including 51 one-bedroom, 52 two-bedroom and 24 three-bedroom units. Nine of the suites would be townhouse-style units with separate ground-floor entrances along Ruddington Drive. A total of 5,704 square feet of amenity space is proposed for the Ruddington building, which would be accessible to residents on the first floor, mezzanine level and rooftop. Eighty-nine parking spaces would be provided for the Ruddington building, with three designated spots set aside for car sharing.
A total of 283 long- and short-term bicycle parking spaces would be available between both new buildings.