Following an updated submission for the CORE Architects designed mid-rise at 2851 Yonge Street, City Staff have recommended the slightly scaled-down project for approval. Planned at a reduced height of 7 storeys, the previously 8-storey project is now poised for Council approval, with the Muir Park Developments building introducing 41 rental units to Yonge Street, south of Lawrence Avenue. 

The previous and updated submissions (l-r), image via submission to the City of Toronto

Amidst concerned over neighbourhood impact and urban design, the City requested a revision of the original proposal, which previously exceeded the standards set out in the Avenue and Mid-Rise Building Study, with height and massing beyond the rear angular boundary facing the low-rise neighbourhood to the east.

Aerial view of the site, which is currently vacant, image via submission to the City of Toronto

A comparison between the sections from the updated submission and the previous submission also shows that the the depth of the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors have been reduced in order to conform to the angular plane. As a result, the mechanical penthouse design as also been altered to accommodate the new massing.

The Yonge Street frontage, image via submission to the City of Toronto

With the scale of the project slightly reduced, the unit count has been altered. While 49 units were planned in the original submission, a configuration with 41 rental suites is now tabled.

Ground floor plan, image via submission to the City of Toronto

Alongside the residential uses, the project also introduces a 47 m² ground floor commercial office / retail space at the south end of the Yonge Street frontage. Otherwise, the street level is occupied by a residential lobby, a gas meter, and vehicle access to the two-storey underground garage. Built directly to the Yonge Street property line, the project would bring an urban mid-rise presence to the relatively residential stretch. 

A rendering of the PREVIOUS 8-storey iteration, image via submission to the City of Toronto

We will return with additional details as the project continues to develop. In the meantime, additional information can be found in the project's dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment using the field provided at the bottom of this page.

Related Companies:  Core Architects, COUNTERPOINT ENGINEERING, Ferris + Associates Inc., Grounded Engineering Inc.