Since being purchased by Alterra Group of Companies last year, plans have been put in motion to redevelop the site of a former gas station and donut shop at the southwest corner of Toronto's Sherbourne and Wellesley intersection. It is here that Alterra plans to construct a 36-storey Richmond Architects-designed condominium tower, now being launched with the moniker '159SW Condos'.

159SW Condos, Toronto, E. I. Richmond Architects, Alterra Group of CompaniesRendering of 159SW Condos, image courtesy of Alterra Group

The shape of both the tower and four-storey podium floor plates responds to the wedge-shaped site. Podium levels will be built out with retail fronting Wellesley Street East to the north, and Sherbourne Street to the east. An outdoor amenity area will be placed atop the podium levels. Above the podium, the tower levels are set back while reflecting the site's irregular shape. The final six residential floors and mechanical penthouse above step back once again to reveal a more standard rectilinear form.

159SW Condos, Toronto, E. I. Richmond Architects, Alterra Group of CompaniesRendering of 159SW Condos, image courtesy of Alterra Group

159SW contains a total of 360 condominium units, ranging in size from 470 ft² to 872 ft² and priced ranging from the low $300,000s up to $599,000. Residents of these units will have access to a wide selection of common amenity spaces with interiors appointed by U31 and outdoor landscaping by Alexander Budrevics & Associates.

159SW Condos, Toronto, E. I. Richmond Architects, Alterra Group of CompaniesRendering of 159SW Condos, image courtesy of Alterra Group

The amenity spaces will be located on three floors, and will include an indoor fitness studio with a yoga room and a sauna, and a wraparound 360 degree outdoor running track and outdoor fitness equipment park on the podium roof. Residents will also enjoy an outdoor barbecue/dining/lounging area, two party rooms, a games room with billiards, foosball and table tennis areas, and a student zone with study rooms, a library, and a wi-fi enabled lounge and conference area.

Additional services including a lobby featuring a 24 hour concierge, a ground-floor pet washing station, an on-site car-share program, a bike parking and repair station, and standard high-speed internet service in all suites will add even more convenience to residents' lives.

159SW Condos, Toronto, E. I. Richmond Architects, Alterra Group of CompaniesRendering of 159SW Condos, image courtesy of Alterra Group

The first occupancies for the development are tentatively scheduled for October, 2019.

We will return with additional information as marketing for the project unveils new details. In the meanwhile, you can see building facts and previous design concepts for the site by visiting the project's dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.