Just when you thought Yorkville had seen enough development in the past decade (the new Four Seasons, Hazelton Hotel, Yorkville Plaza, 36 Hazelton, The Florian, Yorkville Condominiums, the list goes on) it looks like another major development is in the works. Forum member Greenleaf posted a zoning amendment application submitted by Empire Communities on March 19, 2012 that has definitely caught our attention.

33-45 Avenue Road, Toronto by Empire Communities with Zeidler and E.I. RichmondSite plan from zoning amendment application

Empire Communities is asking for a 38-storey mixed use tower, located at the northeast corner of Yorkville Avenue and Avenue Road. The project would contain 342 residential units, with retail on the first 2 floors. Zeidler Partnership as well as E.I. Richmond Architects have been listed, and the elevations within the application show what they envision on the site.

33-45 Avenue Road, Toronto by Empire Communities with Zeidler and E.I. RichmondNorth elevation, from amendment application

33-45 Avenue Road, Toronto by Empire Communities with Zeidler and E.I. RichmondWest elevation, with Yorkville Plaza on the right, image from amendment application

The above elevations do not show the current building being incorporated in anyway. Home to a hair salon, sunglass store, high end restaurant and the author's old high school (for what its worth), the existing structure contains notable architectural features, particularly the eclectic bay and gable windows that are so definitive of Toronto's architectural vernacular.

Yorkville Avenue and Avenue Road in TorontoCurrent building at Yorkville Avenue and Avenue Road, image from Google Maps

Also of note is the proximity of this tower to other developments. Directly across the street is the soon-to-be Yorkville Plaza by Camrost-Felcorp, including the original Four Seasons building as well as the 10- and 39-storey additions, designed by WZMH Architects. Potential purchasers looking forward to northern views over Avenue Road and North Yorkville may be more than a little disappointed.

While we've yet to see any great height added within the Yorkville district (which may change according to rumors regarding the recent approval of 94 Cumberland), the peripheries are definitely increasing in density and height. We'll keep you updated with any news about this development – let us know what you think about this proposal below, and make sure to check out the forum page here to see what our members are saying.