Location: 25 Photography Drive, York
Applicant: Choice Properties Limited Partnership
Architect: Giannone Petricone Associates
A new high-rise community that would deliver over 2,300 new homes could be the future neighbour of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit line.
In mid-July, an Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning application was submitted to City of Toronto planners to construct a seven-tower, mixed-use community with new streets and privately owned publicly accessible space (POPS) at 25 Photography Drive in Mount Dennis.
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The triangular development site is located on the south side of Eglinton Avenue West between Photography and Black Creek drives, with the CP rail corridor positioned just west of Photography Drive. A Mobil gas station, a large No Frills grocery store and surface parking areas currently occupy the approximately 7.4 acre lot.
According to the application’s planning rationale, authored by Bousfields Inc, this site is situated in the Keelesdale-Eglinton West neighbourhood, south of Beechborough-Greenbrook and on the east side of the Mount Dennis community. These areas will be served by the Mount Dennis Station, currently under construction on the westernmost point of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.
A large section of land on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West known as the “Kodak Lands,” is positioned near the top of the site, which will be occupied by the new Mount Dennis Station. The Kodak Company operated on the site between 1913 and 2005 before being purchased by Metrolinx for transit initiatives, according to the rationale.
The new proposal would see the creation of seven mixed-use buildings, ranging from 20 to 49 storeys in height. Approximately 48,975 square feet will be allocated to at-grade retail spaces, the majority of which would be dedicated to a replacement grocery store onsite. Between the towers, 2,356 residential units would be provided, broken down by 235 studio suites, 1,177 one-bedroom, 706 two-bedrooms, and 238 three-bedroom units.
The development is divided into three sections, known as Blocks A, B and C.
Block A would consist of three 28- to 49-storey towers on top of a one-storey podium which would house the replacement grocery store facing onto a new north-south private street. Four levels of underground parking would be provided in Block A with 988 spaces.
A 25- and 38-storey tower would be constructed on Block B, sharing a five-storey podium located along Photography Drive. Tower B2 on the south side of the block would abut the new east-west public street that divides Block A and B from Block C in the southern portion of the site. Block B would provide 472 parking spots divided between the ground floor, second floor and two levels of underground parking.
Block C would be home to a 20- and 32-storey tower on top of a five-storey podium, plus a 43,421 square-foot POPS situated along the north and east sides of the block. The POPS would be designed with “flowing, curvilinear forms,” finished with seating areas, an off-leash dog area and a berm that would “reinforce the natural aesthetic of the neighbourhood.” Block C would also contain 385 parking spaces located on the building’s ground floor and within two levels of underground parking.
A total of 2,390 bicycle parking spaces will also be provided on site for long- and short-term use. Outdoor amenity spaces would be included on the rooftops of the base buildings located within each block.