Just east of the Downtown core, Shuter Street is quickly becoming one of Toronto's most active development nodes. While CentreCourt's Core Condos is already nearing completion at Dalhousie, the last few months have brought forward a wealth of new proposals. At Church and Shuter, a revamped proposal by Menkes now calls for a 29-storey tower, while a 32-storey building was proposed a couple blocks east at Mutual Street. Both projects came to light this month. All the while, St. Thomas' much-publicized '88 Queen East' proposal to redevelop the huge parking lot between Mutual and Dalhousie streets continues to move forward, with the project's inaugural 29-storey tower set to front Shuter.
Next up? The northeast corner of Jarvis and Shuter could see another surface parking lot replaced by a high-rise tower. Drawing on an approved (circa 2010) plan to build a 20-storey hotel on the fairly compact 1,045 m² site, a 35-storey mixed-use tower has now been proposed. Essentially adding 15 residential levels to the previously proposed hotel component, the enlarged Manga Hotels project now calls for 227 condominium suites to top a 242-room hotel.
Designed by Page + Steele / IBI Group, the 203 Jarvis Street tower's mix of uses informs the preliminary architectural expression depicted in the recently submitted proposal. While the design may evolve significantly throughout the planning process, the delineation of hotel and condominium components is a prominent architectural element. The lower hotel levels and the upper residential floors each feature a distinct aesthetic, and the amenity space separating them is conspicuously—and colourfully—extruded, drawing attention to the mix of typologies.
Though the design is subject to change, the bright copper colour could also used at ground level, where a shared hotel and condominium lobby will front Shuter Street. Along the west elevation, the Jarvis Street frontage will be occupied by the hotel's publicly accessible café and resto-bar.
Above ground level in the first tower volume, the new proposal calls for 242 hotel rooms, which represents a slight reduction compared to the 261 rooms proposed in 2010. In the upper tower volume, the 227 condominiums feature a unit mix of 57 bachelor (25%), 94 one-bedroom (41%), 57 two-bedroom (25%), and 19 three-bedroom suites (8%). A total of 86 parking spaces are also planned, along with 256 bicycle parking spots.
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available as the proposal makes its way through the City of Toronto's planning process. In the meantime, more information is available via our dataBase file, linked below. Want to share your thoughts about the project? Leave a comment in the space below this page, or join the conversation in our associated Forum thread.