A series of commercial buildings at a major Scarborough intersection are being eyed for a potential redevelopment that would create hundreds of new residences and a public park.
In late February, a rezoning application was submitted to city planners to build a mixed-use, multi-tower development at 1125 Markham Road and 2141 Ellesmere Road in Scarborough’s Woburn neighbourhood. If approved, the project would deliver 1,040 new condos distributed between four towers that would range from six to 36 storeys in height.
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The proposed L-shaped development site is located in the southeast corner of the Markham Road and Ellesmere Road intersection. Spanning approximately 2.79 acres, the lot is occupied by three single-storey commercial buildings and corresponding surface parking lots.
The redevelopment proposal would see the creation of new streets, a public park and four residential towers with a total of 814,343 square feet of gross floor area. A ‘continuous base building’ that would range from six to seven storeys in height would connect the four structures while framing all street frontages. A 12,352-square-foot retail space would be constructed on the base’s ground level fronting onto Markham Road, while a 8,847-square-foot public park would be included on the northeast corner of the site near Ellesmere Road.
Of the 1,040 condos proposed, the breakdown would include 55 studios along with 561 one-bedroom, 319 two-bedroom and 105 three-bedroom suites. The size of these units would average 486 square feet, 566 square feet, 692 square feet and 869 square feet, respectively, according to the application’s project data sheet.
Tower A would be the tallest building, topping out at 36 storeys and 363 feet. This high-rise would be located in the northwestern portion of the lot closest to the intersection, and house 445 of the units. Tower B would also front onto Markham Road, reaching a height of 34 storeys and containing 353 condos. Both towers would feature a series of setbacks and indentations to create a ‘terraced design’ that would help to break up the architectural massing, the planning rationale by Bousfields Inc. explains.
Tower C would be built in the site’s southeast corner. At 19 storeys tall, this building would house 242 units. Adjacent to the public park, a six-storey mid-rise would be incorporated into the continuous building base.
Approximately 45,369 square feet would be dedicated to amenities throughout the buildings, while each condo unit would be provided with its own terrace or balcony. Large indoor amenity areas are slated for the first, second, seventh and eighth levels, according to the architectural drawings. On the sixth and seventh floors, the towers would be spaced apart by several meters and outdoor amenity terraces, while lounge areas and two distinct residential lobbies would make up parts of the base building’s ground floor.
In a multi-level underground parking garage, 1,006 parking spaces would be provided along with bike and personal storage areas. The proposal calls for the extension of Meadowglen Place northward into Ellesmere Road and Roman Abraham Boulevard westward to Markham Road to provide access to the site.
According to the developer’s project webpage, the community would debut in 2024.