More details have been released about Phase Three of the Pier 27 master-planned community that’s become a prominent fixture along Toronto’s Queens Quay corridor.
In mid-April, Cityzen Developments unveiled renderings for the final chapter of the decade-long project near Queens Quay East and Yonge Street on a newly launched website. Back in 2012, the third phase of Pier 27 was approved for two mid-rise buildings, but updated intensification policies for built-up areas has since prompted the developer to revise their original plans.
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“It is important that Phase 3 fits well with the new landscape; to do that, the built form is being reimagined to include an 11-storey East Building and a 45-storey West Building,” the website said.
Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning documents to modify the initial Pier 27 plans were made publicly available on the City of Toronto development portal recently, providing a closer look at Cityzen Developments’ updated vision for Phase Three.
The rectangular development site for Phase Three spans roughly 61,235 square feet in the centre of the existing Pier 27 grounds. Construction storage, a single-storey sales centre and surface parking currently occupy the Phase Three land. According to BuzzBuzzHome, the first phase of Pier 27, which entails two 14-storey towers called Buildings B and D, was finished in 2014. Phase Two, a 35-storey tower called Building G, was completed in early 2020. Phase Three focuses on amended planning approvals for Building A and Building F.
When fully completed, Pier 27 will consist of five buildings ranging from 11 to 45 storeys situated around a series of publicly accessible open spaces called “green fingers,” as per the application’s planning rationale. These spaces offer views and direct access to the city’s waterfront, and run perpendicular to Queens Quay East.
The breakdown of the total 585 units between Buildings A and F would entail 42 bachelor, 322 one-bedroom, 156 two-bedroom and 65 three-bedroom suites. The 585 residences are labeled as “condos” on the application’s project data sheet, but the planning rationale only refers to the suites as “dwelling units.”
The 45-storey Building F would be located on the west side of the site and contain 449 units. The tower would also house 2,142 square feet of retail area fronting onto Queens Quay East that would extend to a mezzanine above to achieve a double-height space. Various architectural setbacks appear to give the building a subtle wave shape from the side perspective.
Topping out at 11-storeys, Building A would be situated on the land’s east side with 136 units. The tower would provide 4,327 square feet of retail space, also designed to be double-height, plus a two-level childcare facility.
Both towers would provide a mix of indoor and outdoor amenity space, including a gym, lounge space, an outside pool and seating areas on the terrace.
Cityzen Developments is known for other prominent residential developments across the Greater Toronto Area, including the Absolute World condos in Mississauga and the proposed Designers Walk Condos in The Annex.