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Pulis Investment Group, which owns a 1960s 4-storey apartment building on the southwest corner of Balmoral Drive and Bramalea Road, is looking to demolish the existing 55-unit building, which sits on a very large lawn, and replace it with a 30-storey apartment building on the corner, and two 6-storey buildings on the south side, closer to single-family homes. There would be 552 residential units, so a 10x increase. These would be all one and two bedroom apartments.

The problem I see isn't the location or even the massing, it's that there are very few amenities within a short 5-10 minute walk, apart from the high school and two churches. No retail is planned. 15 minutes on foot would get you to elementary schools, and 20 minutes would get you to the south edge of Bramalea City Centre or Avondale Plaza.

Transit is at least good, being on the Bramalea Road corridor (15/115; likely future 515), with a short ride to Bramalea Terminal, the GO Station, and a direct run to the airport.

Only massing drawings right now; no architect yet.


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Pulis Investment Group, which owns a 1960s 4-storey apartment building on the southwest corner of Balmoral Drive and Bramalea Road, is looking to demolish the existing 55-unit building, which sits on a very large lawn, and replace it with a 30-storey apartment building on the corner, and two 6-storey buildings on the south side, closer to single-family homes. There would be 552 residential units, so a 10x increase. These would be all one and two bedroom apartments.

The problem I see isn't the location or even the massing,

Hmm, not sure I agree on the massing. I hate all that car-centric private road business in the layout.

I think I'd prefer a U-Shaped, two-tower design concentrated at the north end of the site, with a proper private open-space (no road) inside the U.

A public Road would access the site behind the U, and the surplus to the south could be either of - an additional midrise with off-site parkland dedication, or a new public park.

I also think the tower (s) along Balmoral at Bramalea needs a bit of a setback after the 3rd storey or so. Too imposing a street wall as proposed.

it's that there are very few amenities within a short 5-10 minute walk, apart from the high school and two churches. No retail is planned. 15 minutes on foot would get you to elementary schools, and 20 minutes would get you to the south edge of Bramalea City Centre or Avondale Plaza.

I concur that adding retail along Bramalea would make sense.

Though, I don't think it's entirely dire..

It's just over 1km to the Rabba, which I would consider 15M walk, 1.33km to Nia's Supermarket 18m walk and 1.5km to Metro (Bramalea City Centre) which I would peg as a 23m walk.


Transit is at least good, being on the Bramalea Road corridor (15/115; likely future 515), with a short ride to Bramalea Terminal, the GO Station, and a direct run to the airport.

Only massing drawings right now; no architect yet.


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Yeah. The developer is also proposing a parking spot for each unit, so it’s not especially transit-oriented.

Elsewhere, the Main & Steeles and especially the Downtown-Queen Corridor, provision of parking spots are much more limited in development applications.
 

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Yeah. The developer is also proposing a parking spot for each unit, so it’s not especially transit-oriented.

Elsewhere, the Main & Steeles and especially the Downtown-Queen Corridor, provision of parking spots are much more limited in development applications.
The developer has proposed one parking spot per unit, because that is what the government has legislated for the parking requirement for that area. The downtown-Queen Corridor, and Highway 10 & Steeles projects propose so much less parking because the municipal government doesn't set a minimum parking requirement for residential development in those areas, and the market doesn't need that many parking spots there.
 

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