An application is being considered at the December Toronto City Council meeting to amend a site specific zoning by-law enacted in 2007 for 175 Wynford Drive, a site owned by Allied Hotel Properties Inc. which currently includes the six-storey Don Valley Hotel, Tridel’s 34-storey Accolade Condos at 181 Wynford Drive, and a six-storey seniors residence at 187 Wynford Drive.
The application proposes the addition of new 36 and 30-storey HCA Architecture-designed residential towers on the site with a combined 700 units, as well as a reduction in size and renovation of the existing 353-room hotel that would result in a 283-unit building consisting of 141 hotel rooms and 142 residential units. In total, the 175 Wynford Drive site, soon to be walking distance from a new Crosstown LRT stop, would be home to a total of 983 new residential units.
The taller 36-storey tower, which would be constructed to a height of 112 metres on the south end of the site nearest Eglinton Avenue, will include 380 units consisting of 10 bachelor, 220 one-bedroom, and 150 two bedroom units. The 30-storey tower would rise 97 metres on the east side of the side facing Wynford Drive and contain 320 units made up of 10 bachelor, 184 one-bedroom, and 126 two-bedroom suites.
Both towers would be joined by a single-storey podium, from which the 750 square-metre tower floor plates would rise. The development would be served by 975 parking spaces, 745 of which would be housed within a 5-level underground parking garage.
The new towers would be built on a portion of the site currently occupied by the hotel's 2-storey conference and convention wing and a surface parking lot. The hotel's main six-storey volume would remain.
The proposal includes 1,442 square metres of common indoor recreational amenity space, as well as 1,410 square metres of outdoor amenity spaces such as a green terrace, a renovated outdoor pool in front of the hotel, a walking trail alongside the adjacent ravine, and a green space fronting Eglinton Avenue. All buildings and open spaces on the site would be linked via a new interior pedestrian walkway network.
While not included in the application, the applicant intends to eventually convert the remaining 283 hotel and residential units into additional seniors residences some time down the road, and is seeking flexibility to allow this future phase.
We will be sure to return with additional updates as more information becomes available. In the meantime, you can see several elevations of the proposed development by visiting the project's dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment using the space provided at the bottom of this page.