Back in January, Main and Main (a First Capital Realty partner), TAS and Teeple Architects announced they were teaming up to redevelop the shuttered Alpine Hotel site at 1092-1118 Kingston Rd, east of Victoria Park Ave in Scarborough. Plans for the project are proceeding, still very much in the early stages, with an application having been recently submitted for site plan approval.
Those plans were unveiled the public recently by Mazyar Mortazavi, principal of the development firm TAS, at a community meeting held at Neil McNeil High School, hosted by the applicant and Ward 36 Councillor Gary Crawford.
The proposed building would be 8 and 10 storeys high and contain 169 residential units. The development would include a total of 1,857 sq m of ground floor retail space, 193 residential parking spaces, one level of commercial parking, and streetscaping features such as benches and planters.
The rendering below illustrates the tiered north face of the building, whose setbacks are intended to reduce the impact of shadows from the building on houses in the Blantyre neighbourhood. The building would be eight storeys tall at the end closest to Blantyre and pop up to 10 storeys on the side nearest to Victoria Park. It would be built to LEED environmental standards and include a rooftop vegetable garden.
In its pre-application stage, the project was presented to the Design Review Panel at the City of Toronto in late January for feedback and further direction. The DRP was strongly supportive of the proposal, finding the project's form and massing to be a great example of mid-rise design and sensitive to its surrounding context. It provided suggestions for refinement to the built form and its relationship to the street.
According to Mortazavi, the building fits the Mixed Use zoning specified in the Kingston Road Revitalization Study and will only require minor variances.
Slated for demolition on the site is the Alpine Hotel, a Kingston Road watering hole for nearly 75 years. It was shut down in June 2011.
The 50+ residents in attendance at the community meeting were primarily concerned by the area’s existing traffic tie-ups and the possibility of further exacerbating the problem due to the parking garage access. Mortazavi intends to revisit the issue and his reassurances were echoed by Councillor Crawford. Next steps include further consultation between TAS DesignBuild, Crawford’s office and city planning staff to determine how best to move forward before coming back to the community for more consultation.
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