A tower-in-the-park property at 70 Dixfield Drive near The West Mall and Rathburn Road is slated for some low-rise densification, as H&R Developments is looking to add four new buildings to the site. Currently occupied by a single 12-storey rental apartment building, the proposal would see three, 3-storey buildings added at the north end of the site, and a 6-storey apartment building constructed to the south.

70 Dixfield, H&R Developments, CGL Architects, Gary Stein Architect, TorontoSite plan and context. North is on the left. Image courtesy of H&R Developments.

Designed by Gary Stein Architect and CGL Architects, the new buildings would add a total of 88 new rental units, in addition to the existing 141 units in the current apartment block which would remain largely untouched. Buildings 1 through 3 are three storeys in height and would contain a total of 30 multiple attached units, while Building 4 is six storeys in height and would contain 58 new apartments.

70 Dixfield, H&R Developments, CGL Architects, Gary Stein Architect, TorontoView of the three 3-storey buildings, image courtesy of H&R Developments.

Buildings 1 through 3 would be comprised of 12 two-bedroom units and 18 three-bedroom units. The ground floor residences would have both front and rear access with a small patio, while the second and third floor residences would be accessed by a common stair, featuring balconies in lieu of a patio. Building 4 would feature 52 two-bedroom units and 6 two-bedroom-plus-den units with indoor amenities. It is interesting to note that there are no one-bedroom or studio units provided in the proposal.

70 Dixfield, H&R Developments, CGL Architects, Gary Stein Architect, TorontoFloor plans of Buildings 1 through 3, image courtesy of H&R Developments.

70 Dixfield, H&R Developments, CGL Architects, Gary Stein Architect, TorontoFloor plans of Building 4, image courtesy of H&R Developments.

The buildings will be finished with a combination of brick and metal panels, which alternate to form distinct volumes that break up the massing of the large blocks. 

70 Dixfield, H&R Developments, CGL Architects, Gary Stein Architect, TorontoView of the 6-storey apartment building, image courtesy of H&R Developments.

The current site is largely occupied by a surface parking lot, with an outdoor swimming pool, lawns, and vegetation covering the remainder of the property. The proposal will maintain the surface parking lot, removing some existing spaces while adding more, and the underground parking of the existing tower will be minimally expanded. Landscaping will be provided along the streets and throughout the site to make it more pedestrian friendly, and the outdoor swimming pool will be renovated with a children's play area constructed adjacent to it. There was no rationale provided as to why the design opts to maintain surface parking rather than either create additional landscaped space for the new units.

70 Dixfield, H&R Developments, CGL Architects, Gary Stein Architect, TorontoSite plan. North is on the left. Image courtesy of H&R Developments.

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