Rendering: IBI Group of Architects

Location: 906 Yonge Street, Toronto
Developer: The Gupta Group and Easton’s Group of Hotels
Architect: IBI Group

Yorkville is one of Toronto’s most illustrious neighbourhoods, where there are currently 21 high-rise new construction projects across all phases of development according to data from BuzzBuzzHome.

Now, thanks to a development application submitted this month, Yorkville could welcome two new towers into its roster of luxury properties.

During the first week of November, a rezoning, site plan and subdivision approval application was submitted to the City to construct a 33- and 19-storey project with 401 units at 906 Yonge Street. The two developers on the project, The Gupta Group and Easton’s Group of Hotels, have previously collaborated together on Dundas Square Gardens and The Rosedale on Bloor Condos.

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The development site in question is located between Yonge and McMurrich streets, just north of Davenport Road. The 2,287-square-metre area is irregular in shape, narrowing from west to east towards Yonge Street.

A three-storey building is located on the lot facing Yonge Street, currently used by the Dalton School — an English and Mandarin co-ed elementary school — from the basement to second floor. Originally constructed as Ridpath’s Furniture Store in 1928, the Tudor Revival-style building is listed on the City of Toronto Heritage Register, according to the application’s planning rationale. A surface parking lot and an outdoor play area also occupy the site.

The proposal calls for the redevelopment of the lot into two buildings — a 33-storey mixed-use tower on Yonge Street just behind the existing heritage structure and a 19-storey residential high-rise along McMurrich Street. A two-storey base building would connect the two towers.

The Tudor Revival façade, side walls and gable roof of the heritage building would be retained in-situ to form the base of the 33-storey Yonge tower. The first floor ceiling would be removed to create a two-storey interior space with the existing heavy timber frame as a lobby and 74 square metres of retail space on the ground floor.

Rendering: IBI Group of Architects

The north face of the Yonge tower would feature a metal grid and glass façade, cantilevering to the south from the 14th to 33rd floors with spandrel glass, black metal siding and balconies. Meanwhile, the “L-shaped” McMurrich building would provide a residential lobby and three three-storey townhouse units on the ground floor that would face onto a pedestrian zone with paving and landscaped islands. The smaller tower would be constructed partially out of brick, featuring various architectural setbacks and terraces.

Of the total 401 units slated for the project, 213 residences would be included in the Yonge tower, and the remaining 188 suites in the McMurrich high-rise. The breakdown of units would comprise 31 studio, 92 one-bedroom, 153 one-bedroom-plus-den, 66 two-bedroom, 17 two-bedroom-plus-den and 42 three-bedroom suites.

Rendering: IBI Group of Architects

The second level of the towers would be dedicated to indoor amenity space, linked together by a long internal corridor along the northern property line that would be adjacent to outdoor amenity areas. Additional indoor and outdoor amenity areas would be included on floor three of the Yonge building and the mechanical penthouse level of the McMurrich tower.

South of the McMurrich high-rise, a driveway would lead to a two-level underground parking garage, where there would be 58 spaces. Long- and short-term parking for 402 bicycles would be offered on P1, P2 and the ground level.

In the neighbourhood, construction continues on Fifty Scollard Condos while sales carry on at 8 Cumberland.

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