Last April, a plan from Menkes Developments was submitted to the City, seeking a 29-storey condominium development for 219 Dundas Street East, between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets. Following a lengthy period of consultation with planning staff, the project was resubmitted earlier this month with a scaled back height and density, and a reimagined design by Turner Fleischer Architects.

219 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Menkes, Turner Fleischer ArchitectsLooking east to 219 Dundas Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

The original 29-storey, roughly 100-metre-tall proposal has been reduced in height to 21 storeys and approximately 65.5 metres. The overall density of the project has also been significantly reduced, from a previous gross floor area (GFA) of 20,012 m² to the currently proposed 14,660 m². Other notable changes to the massing include a reduction in podium height from the previously-proposed five storeys down to two and three storeys, with a height and materiality that aims to blend with the established heritage buildings to the east on Dundas.

219 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Menkes, Turner Fleischer ArchitectsLooking southwest to 219 Dundas Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

Responding to the site's terminating vista potential, and the surrounding built form, the project's design has been heavily revised. The podium volume now arguably has a stronger relationship with its heritage neighbours, with a modern design that utilizes brick cladding to create a visual connection between the new and the old. Across the tower levels above, the profile of the high-rise volume has been slimmed down, while the exterior façades have been articulated with glazing and balconies, reinforcing the building's verticality.

219 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Menkes, Turner Fleischer ArchitectsLooking east to 219 Dundas Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

Originally proposed with 295 condominium units, the revised submission calls for just 205 units, coming in a mix of 15 bachelor units, 128 one-bedroom units, 41 two-bedroom units, and 21 three-or-more-bedroom suites. Residents will be served by a number of amenities included on the podium’s second floor, including a games room, library, gym/yoga studio, a party room, and a 230.31 m² outdoor amenity terrace. Residents will also have access to a ground floor residential lobby, adjacent to a 225.66 m² retail space.

219 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Menkes, Turner Fleischer ArchitectsLooking northwest to 219 Dundas Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

Below grade, the project will contain a three-level underground parking garage housing a total of 71 spaces, with 57 reserved for resident use, 12 for visitors, and 2 additional spaces.

Additional information and renderings can be found in our Database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment using the field provided at the bottom of this page.