Rendering: A& Architects Inc

Location: 102 Berkeley Street, Toronto
Developer: Lamb Development Corp.
Architect: architectsAlliance

A warehouse in Old Town Toronto could become the future site of a “contemporary and slender” high-rise condo tower.

Earlier this month, a zoning by-law amendment application was submitted to city planners to construct a 19-storey mixed-use tower with 181 residences at 102 Berkeley Street. The developer, Lamb Development Corp., has put forward a handful of proposals this year, including The Sterling Automotive Condos in the Junction Triangle and a 15-storey tower in Corktown.

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The development site is on the west side of Berkeley Street between Richmond and Adelaide streets. The paved rectangular site spans roughly 1,076 square metres and is occupied by a single-storey warehouse that is being leased by a furniture showroom called Interior Elements.

The site was formerly part of a 2015 zoning by-law amendment application along with 53, 61 and 65 Ontario Street, according to the application’s planning rationale. The properties were divided into two separate land parcels through approvals with the Ontario Land Tribunal in 2016. The 53, 61 and 65 Ontario Street site has since been developed into East 55 Condos by Lamb Development Corp. and Hyde Park Homes.

Rendering: A& Architects Inc

The site would be redeveloped into a “slender” mixed-use tower with 357 square metres of retail space with pedestrian access on the ground floor fronting onto Berkeley Street.

Of the 181 units proposed, the breakdown would include 117 studio units, 17 one-bedroom-plus-den, 28 two-bedroom-plus-den and 19 three-bedroom suites. As per the project data sheet, the units would be tenured as condos.

A four-storey base building element would support the tower, along with new landscaping and streetscape improvements. The low-rise base portion is said to be designed to achieve appropriate scale and respect the Berkeley Street character and nearby heritage properties.

A canopy over the ground floor would provide pedestrian shelter and “visual cues that distinguish the privately-owned pedestrian realm from the public realm, while establishing a co-ordinated sense of place.”

Rendering: A& Architects Inc

The building’s exterior would consist of dark gray brick, stucco, complementary coloured glass and decorative metal grid panels from levels two to four.

The ground floor would feature a Berkeley Street residential lobby, along with a dog wash room, elevators and a mailroom. On the floor above, the mezzanine level would feature an open-to-below area looking onto the retail space, creating a floor-to-ceiling height of over seven metres. This design is included to reflect the high-ceiling warehouse commercial spaces that are located throughout the King-Parliament area, according to the planning rationale.

Architectural setbacks would provide room for an outdoor amenity area on the roof of level one and indoor amenity space on level two. Additional outdoor amenity facilities would be included on the roof of the mezzanine level.

Rendering: A& Architects Inc

A shared driveway that runs through the west side of the neighbouring East 55 Condos development would lead to two vehicle elevators, providing access to a three-level underground parking garage with 41 spaces. A total of 183 bicycle parking spaces are also slated for the site.

In the neighbourhood, registration is open on The Whitfield, while construction and sales continue at The Saint.

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