Earlier this week, a major proposal from Freed Developments was submitted to the City of Toronto for a multi-property site at 10 Audley Street near Mimico GO Station in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke. The proposal seeks amendments to both the city's Official Plan and to the local zoning bylaws to allow the redevelopment of the rail-abutting light industrial site with a complex of five residential buildings containing a combined 1,824 units, to be known under the moniker of 'Grand Park Village'. (Grand Park is a short distance to the east.)

Grand Park Village, Freed, architectsAlliance, Toronto, MimicoMassing diagram of the proposal, image retrieved from the City of Toronto

The subject site is triangular in shape, bounded to the north by Portland Street, and to the southeast by the Lakeshore West Rail Corridor. A private property abuts the eastern boundary while the western boundary will be divided between Audley Street to the north and another abutting building to the south at 8 Newcastle Street, where the assembled properties leap cross Audley. The site is currently home to a collection of one- and two-storey light industrial properties, which would be demolished to make way for the redevelopment if approved.

Grand Park Village, Freed, architectsAlliance, Toronto, MimicoSite plan for the proposed redevelopment, image retrieved from the City of Toronto

The ambitious plan calls for a complex of five buildings with heights ranging between 6 and 32 storeys, with a design by architectsAlliance. Freed's proposal calls for a combined 123,653 square metres (1,330,990 square feet) of gross floor area, a great deal more than the relatively dense mid-rise apartment complex that exists a short distance southwest of the subject site on Cavell Street.

Grand Park Village, Freed, architectsAlliance, Toronto, MimicoSite plan for the proposed redevelopment, image retrieved from the City of Toronto

Site plan and elevation diagrams reveal various views of the buildings' angular exteriors and slab typologies, with architectsAlliance following a similar design approach as recent projects like Pier 27. The offset upper levels seen on elevation diagrams are reminiscent of the firm's Karma Condos project currently under construction near Yonge and College.

Grand Park Village, Freed, architectsAlliance, Toronto, MimicoElevation diagrams for the proposal, image retrieved from the City of Toronto

The site's western edge sits steps from Mimico GO Station, the proximity of which will be cited as a rationale for the change of land use and the increased densities being sought. While regional rapid transit accessibility is indeed the key to this site's redevelopment potential, nevertheless the site's suburban location is recognized by the inclusion of 1,028 parking spaces in the proposal. 

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