Set to add another pair of high-rise towers across the Humber River from Etobicoke's growing Humber Bay Shores area, Diamante Development' Mirabella Condominiums is continuing to move through the City of Toronto's planning process. Following a previous high-rise plan for the site by Carttera Private Equities, Diamante's proposal came on line in late 2016, with a subsequent series of revisions advancing a project now being reviewed by City Planning.

Mirabella Condominiums, Toronto, by Diamante Development, Scott Shields Mirabella Condominiums, image courtesy of Diamante Developmen

Building on the OMB re-zoning approval granted for Carttera's previous development—which called for a pair of 35-storey towers—Diamante's proposal now requires site plan approval from the City. Following an initial application in December, a subsequent set of documents (including a Planning Rationale submitted in February) gradually filled out the plans, with a resubmission of the Scott Shields Architects-designed project formally filed in March. Now proposed as two 38-storey towers atop a shared podium—mostly occupied by above-ground parking—the 748-unit development is set to be built out in two phases, with the 374-unit east tower slated to be built first. 

Mirabella Condominiums, Toronto, by Diamante Development, Scott Shields The west side of the podium (front) will house street-level retail, image courtesy of Diamante Development

As outlined in the recent resubmission documents, a series of relatively minor refinements have been made to the plans that respond to initial input from the City. Alongside tweaks to the ground floor grade, exit stair configuration, parking circulation, and landscape plans (by Ferris + Associates), the more meaningful changes include a greater provision of two- and three-bedroom units, as well as increased bike parking space and new dedicated bike elevators.  

In all, the 748 suites now feature a unit mix consisting of 464 one-bedroom (62%), 172 two-bedroom (23%), and 112 three-bedroom (15%) homes. By contrast, the December 2016 submission called for 520 one-bedroom (70%), 156 two-bedroom (21%), and 72 three-bedroom (9%) suites. Meanwhile, the bulk of the podium will be built as part of the phase one east tower, the west tower will introduce a 315 m² retail space to the site, hopefully bringing greater street-level pedestrian activity to the area.

Mirabella Condominiums, Toronto, by Diamante Development, Scott Shields 3D aerial view of existing site context, image via Google Maps

As it stands, the project is also targeting Tier 1 of the Toronto Green Standard (TGS), though the resubmission documents note that the developers are continuing to study ways to bring the project in line with the more ambitious—and hard to achieve—Tier 2 standard. 

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available, and the project continues to advance. Until then, you can learn more by checking out our dataBase file, linked below. Want to share your thoughts? Leave a comment on this page, or join one of the ongoing conversations in the associated UT Forum threads.