UrbanToronto Forum member Travis brought to our attention a zoning amendment application submitted for 875 Eglinton West earlier this summer. Although there is no official word from the developers, the property is believed to be owned by Deaj Properties, who have brought on Quadrangle Architects to design the building. The application proposes a new condominium to be constructed at Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue West, and the demolition of the existing plaza that wraps behind the Scotiabank on the southwest corner.
The proposed 11-storey building will contain 133, one- and two-bedroom units as well as ground-floor retail and/or commercial space. The plans submitted with the application show a building that has dramatic step-backs in the form of terraces, beginning on the fourth floor and continuing all the way up to the penthouse. This trend is popular with many of the smaller condominium projects throughout Toronto, as seen in the designs of 36 Hazelton, The Berczy, and Howard Park. Not only does this benefit puchasers with added outdoor space, but it creates a visually interesting skyline for surrounding neighbours and pedestrians.
Importance has been placed on the city's designation of this stretch of Eglinton as an Avenue, dictating (among other things) that all new development must widen existing sidewalks with trees, include retail on the ground floor, be appropriately scaled with the surrounding neighbourhood and contribute to an active streetscape. The North Elevation below shows what we can expect to see facing Eglinton Avenue.
This development is one of many that will be rising along Eglinton over the next few years, following the construction of the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT. Stretching from Black Creek to Kennedy station, the Crosstown will span 25 kilometers, encouraging intensification and development in areas which have often been overlooked and under-utilized.
We can't wait to see what the future holds for Eglinton Avenue.