With a seemingly insatiable demand for residential development in downtown Toronto, it is easy to forget that there are large swaths of the city that have been relatively untouched by this latest construction cycle. This is especially true for the inner suburbs where transit infrastructure is lacking and distance to popular districts of the city are considerable. Small scale change, however, has begun to creep up these static corridors of the city. One such development is slated to transform an unremarkable strip plaza near Keele Street and Lawrence Avenue West into a nine-storey mixed-use building. YYZed Project Management has applied for a zoning amendment at 2522-2542 Keele Street in order to construct 144 residential units above 1,400 sq. meters of at-grade retail space. 122 of the units are to be one-bedroom while the remaining 22 are proposed as two-bedroom suites. 218 parking spaces and 146 bicycle spaces are also included in the proposal. A view of the site as it currently appears as well as a site plan for the project are below:

2522-2443 Keele Street condos, Toronto. Developed by YYZed Property ManagementStrip plaza that currently occupies the site, image from Google Earth

2522-2443 Keele Street condos, Toronto. Developed by YYZed Property ManagementSite plan for 2522-2443 Keele Street, image from City of Toronto planning application

Inserting itself into a landscape typical of post-war subdivisions, there are large tracts of single family homes in the neighbourhoods branching off from Keele interspersed with mid-rise apartment buildings. At a height of 9-storeys, the proposed building is in keeping with the form of the neighbourhood and through the provision of retail space at its base, maintains a much needed retail hub for the area. Although this is still early days, the elevations below show a promising contemporary design for the project (this is seen most clearly with the north & south elevations). No architect was listed in the application. Below are the drawings:

2522-2443 Keele Street condos, Toronto. Developed by YYZed Property ManagementNorth elevation, image from City of Toronto planning application.

2522-2443 Keele Street condos, Toronto. Developed by YYZed Property ManagementSouth elevation, image from City of Toronto planning application

2522-2443 Keele Street condos, Toronto. Developed by YYZed Property ManagementEast elevation, image from City of Toronto planning application

2522-2443 Keele Street condos, Toronto. Developed by YYZed Property ManagementWest elevation, image from City of Toronto planning application

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