Menkes Developments is proposing a 37-storey mixed-use building on the east side of Downtown Toronto at 33 Sherbourne. The properties on the northeast corner of Sherbourne and Front streets are currently occupied by an Esso gas station and 2 low-rise commercial buildings. The project if approved would join two other redevelopment that are currently transforming the intersection, St. Lawrence Condos on the northwest corner, and Time and Space Condos on the southeast. Both currently under construction.
439 condo units are proposed in the tower, 46 of which are studio apartments, while 301 one-bedroom units, 47 two-bedroom units, and 45 three-bedroom units fill out the rest of the mix. The existing commercial spaces will be replaced at grade in three separate units, bringing 1,427 square metres of commercial space to the area.
Designed by Giannone Petricone Associates, the tower’s unique design employs a constantly curving shape formed by rows of wraparound balconies. Vertical lines of red brick traverse the height of the building on both the tower and upper podium components.
At ground level, a golden-hued geomorphic metal structure frames the new commercial space at the south-west corner. In the renderings included in the zoning amendment application, the two existing buildings on site have been partially retained, however, the heritage impact statement prepared by GBCA Architects comments that in particular, the building at 178 Front Street is of low heritage value and therefore may be removed from the development as it progresses through the planning process. As the proposal is in its earliest stages, these renderings represent a conceptual ideation, rather than a finalized design.
The re-zoning application is the first step that Menkes is taking towards constructing the project. City planning will look at the density, height and massing of the building while assessing the application. A site plan application will come forward with a more refined design, materials and additional renderings later in the process.
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