Earlier this month, planning firm Hunter & Associates submitted a rezoning application on behalf of Sierra Building Group that would see a series of single and semi-detatched homes at 492-498 Eglinton Avenue East and 3-7 Cardiff Road—located in the Bayview and Eglinton area—replaced with an 11-storey mixed-use development with architecture by RAW Design.

492 Eglinton East, RAW Design, Sierra Building Group, Toronto492 Eglinton Avenue East, image retrieved from the City of Toronto

As proposed, the 492 Eglinton East development would include a main 11-storey building with 97 condominium units occupying levels 2 through 12, divided between 8 studio, 54 one-bedroom, 28 two-bedroom, and 7 three-bedroom units. An additional 12 residential units would be housed within a 4-storey stacked-townhouse component fronting onto Cardiff Rd.

492 Eglinton East, RAW Design, Sierra Building Group, TorontoWest elevation diagram for 492 Eglinton Avenue East, image retrieved from the City of Toronto

A combined 325 square-metres of amenity space is proposed for the development, split betwen 184 square-metres of indoor amenity space, and 141 square-metres of outdoor amenity space. The ground level would house a 105 square-metre outdoor amenity space to the rear of the stacked townhomes, offering outdoor seating, barbecue areas, and landscaping by The MBTW Group / Watchorn Architect, as well as two indoor amenity spaces. The development's 11th floor will offer residents the view from a 42 square-metre indoor amenity space and a 36 square-metre outdoor terrace facing Eglinton Avenue.

492 Eglinton East, RAW Design, Sierra Building Group, TorontoSouth elevation diagram for 492 Eglinton Avenue East, image retrieved from the City of Toronto

The main 11-storey building would have frontages on both Eglinton and Cardiff, with the structure built out to the property line along Eglinton, excluding recessed retail entrances.  The south facade would bring a notable contribution to the streetwall along Eglinton Avenue East, with two distinct volumes adding some variety to the massing. The east wall of the mid-rise would be a windowless “party wall” up until the seventh floor, with the building then stepping back on the 8th through 11th floors. These step backs follow the angular plane requirements set out in the City of Toronto's Mid-Rise Guidelines so as to not overwhelm the street.

The townhouse block will feature ground and 2nd floors set back 2.5 metres from the west property line and 8 metres from the Cardiff Rd curb edge. The space in between the property line and the curb edge would feature soft landscaping by MBTW Group including 2 street trees. The stacked towns will be set back approximately 0.5 metres from the north property line, while the north facade of the stacked townhouse block will be a windowless “party wall” facing the building to the north at 9 Cardiff. The building will be set back 10.8 metres from the eastern property line, with the space between to be used as private backyards for townhome residents and the common outdoor amenity space mentioned earlier.

492 Eglinton East, RAW Design, Sierra Building Group, TorontoEast elevation diagram for 492 Eglinton Avenue East, image retrieved from the City of Toronto

An 82-space below grade parking garage is proposed, plus storage space for 114 bicycles, with 5 spaces at grade for retail use, 11 spaces at grade for visitors, and 98 spaces below grade for residents.

We will return with updates as new information about the project emerges. In the meanwhile, additional information and images can be found in our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

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