Directly across from Downsview Park's central lake, and three blocks south of Sheppard Avenue, an SMV Architects-designed residential project will replace the Shriners Club—and former synagogue—at 3100 Keele Street. On Keele, the two-acre site will be fronted by a 12-storey condominium building, which steps down from Keele with 10 and 6-storey wings to the west.

3100 Keele Street, Toronto, by Decade Group Inc., SMV Architects3100 Keele, image via Decade Group Inc.

Stretching west, the two shorter wings surround a central green space, with a collection of 2-bedroom + den townhome units fronting the condominium. The 325-unit development features a unit mix of one and two-bedroom suites. In total, the plans call for 171 one-bedroom and 154-two bedroom residences. At the corner of Keele and Maryport (below), a retail space may now be planned, though the Site Plan application submitted to the City designates the space for live-work units.

3100 Keele Street, Toronto, by Decade Group Inc., SMV ArchitectsKeele Street, looking south, image via Decade Group Inc.

Developed by Decade Group Inc., the project was ratified at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) earlier this year. Initially proposed to the City as a 422-unit project with a height peak of 19-storeys, the developer appealed the project to the OMB after the City failed to make a decision with the statutory 120 day period. Following continued negotiations with the City, a settlement was reach for a scaled down proposal, which was then presented to the OMB, allowing for a relatively straightforward approval. 

3100 Keele Street, Toronto, by Decade Group Inc., SMV ArchitectsLooking southeast from Maryport Avenue, image via Decade Group

The plans also call for a total of 383 underground parking spots, making for a high ratio of vehicle spaces to units, reflecting what remains a car-oriented area.

3100 Keele Street, Toronto, by Decade Group Inc., SMV ArchitectsThe site as it appears now, image via Google Maps

With vehicle access from Maryport Avenue, the garage will be entered from a small forecourt just off the landscaped green space. 

3100 Keele Street, Toronto, by Decade Group Inc., SMV ArchitectsPlan for the site, image via Site Plan submission to the City of Toronto

As part of the project, a 45-foot mosaic that once fronted the site's single-storey building—which was home to the Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am Temple before being taken over by a Shriners organization—will be given over to the synagogue's new space in North York. 

3100 Keele Street, Toronto, by Decade Group Inc., SMV ArchitectsThe mosaic (which has since been taken down), image via Google Maps

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