Toronto’s Junction Triangle has seen a flurry of new development applications in recent weeks. In April, Marlin Spring and Trolleybus Urban Development Inc. put forward their proposal for a condo high-rise on Campbell Avenue. Not long after Kingsett Capital revealed plans to build an 18-storey condo tower with a ground-floor community centre.
Now, an even bigger condo development could deliver nearly 900 new residential units to the West End neighbourhood.
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Earlier this month, a Zoning By-law Amendment application was put forward to city planners to construct a three-tower residential project with 892 dwellings at 221, 225 and 227 Sterling Road. The development, whose towers would range from 20 to 29 storeys in height, also includes the creation of a new public road and a public park.
The building site in question spans approximately 117,703 square feet south of Merchant Lane and east of Sterling Road. The land is occupied by five one- to two-storey buildings, which include residential, non-residential and live-work uses.
The site is accessible via a rear laneway running south from Merchant Lane as well as a driveway that extends from Ruttan Street. According to the planning rationale by Bousfields Inc., the site has evolved over the years, having first been used for three industrial buildings that were built between 1910 and 1930.
The three new towers — referred to as Buildings A, B and C — would be arranged from tallest to shortest in height from the northern to southern ends of the site. At 29-storeys, Building A would be located near the northern side of the lot, followed by the 25-storey Building B and the 20-storey Building C.
Overall, the 892 units would be broken down into 67 studio, 591 one-bedroom, 148 two-bedroom and 86 three-bedroom units. Of the total number of units proposed, 33 suites would be reserved as rental replacement units within Building A, comprising 15 studios, 17 one-bedroom units and one two-bedroom unit. The remaining 859 units would be reserved as condos, according to the application’s project data sheet.
All three towers would be aligned towards the western side of the site. Building A makes up the first structure with a four-storey, square podium, while Buildings B and C would form the second building with a shared seven-storey, L-shaped podium.
Building A’s podium would contain a ground-floor, west-facing indoor amenity space with an adjacent outdoor amenity area and four three-bedroom live-work units, along with locker rooms and residential units from the second to fourth levels.
The shared Building B and C podium would house five separate indoor amenity spaces, along with outdoor amenity areas located on the east and southeast sides of the podium. Eight three-bedroom live-work units would share the podium with a 9,054-square-foot outdoor terrace on the top of the seventh floor. Between the three buildings, about 40,773 square feet would be dedicated to indoor and outdoor amenity space.
The development’s new road would run north-south along the western side of the site from Ruttan Street, connecting to another new east-west street that would separate the two buildings and offer access to the roundabout at the entrance of Buildings B and C. The new road would also join into Sterling Road at the south end of the site. The 10,634-square-foot public park would be constructed in the site’s southwest corner, near the new Sterling Road intersection.
A two-level underground parking garage would provide 417 car spaces for the buildings, along with 952 bicycle parking spots.