Earlier this year, we got our first look at State Building Group's proposed redevelopment of 55 Eglinton Avenue East, currently an 8-storey building, with a 47-storey tower by Kirkor Architects Planners, proposed to contain a total of 455 residential units. Since our February coverage of the project, renderings of it were prepared for an April community consultation that now give us a much better idea of the initial plans for this midtown site.

55 Eglinton Avenue East, State Building Group, Kirkor Architects, TorontoRendering of 55 Eglinton East, image courtesy of Kirkor Architects

Located mid-block on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East between Holly Street and Dunfield Avenue, the development would replace a 1968-built Class B office building containing 75,000 square feet of leasable space. In its place, the initial proposal suggests a double-height ground floor with retail uses faces Eglinton Avenue, a podium of four more storeys dedicated to residential uses, and tower floors above. The City of Toronto would prefer to see replacement office space in the first floors above ground level here, keeping employment space near the Yonge-Eglinton intersection.

55 Eglinton Avenue East, State Building Group, Kirkor Architects, TorontoRendering of podium at 55 Eglinton East, image courtesy of Kirkor Architects

The City would also like the developers to consider how their tower would affect the redevelopment possibilities of other properties on the block and is asking them to look at alterations to their plan which not prevent further redevelopment. Proposed at a height of 148.95 metres, or 488.68 feet, the initial 55 Eglinton East proposal would help transition the taller projects and proposals to the west down to the shorter high-rises, like the 36-storey Madison development now rising to the east. 

55 Eglinton Avenue East, State Building Group, Kirkor Architects, TorontoRendering of 55 Eglinton (right) in relation to The Madison (centre), image courtesy of Kirkor Architects

We will continue to follow the proposal as it evolves. In the meantime, you can check out these images and more in the project's dataBase file, linked below, at higher resolution. Want to get involved in the discussion? Visit the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.