In 2017, a program was introduced by the Wynne provincial government that began the unlocking of provincially-owned lands to address Toronto's mounting affordable housing crisis. A site just east of Bay Street stretching between Grosvenor and Grenville streets was among the first to be sold off at below market cost, seasoned developers were given the incentive to lead the charge, with the site—currently occupied by a 2-storey building that previously housed the Provincial Coroner plus a 3-storey parking garage—being sold to veteran rental builder Greenwin and Weston-linked Choice Properties REIT.

Site of The G2, image via submission to City of Toronto

Greenwin and Choice have now submitted applications seeking rezoning and Site Plan Approval to the City for a two-tower rental complex containing a significant affordable housing component. Dubbed The G2, a 50-storey tower would rise at 26 Grenville Avenue, while a 35-storey tower would rise at 27 Grosvenor Avenue. Connected to each other via an 11-storey podium, the development would bring 844 new rental units to the bustling area near Yonge and College, of which 257 (over 30%) are to be designated as affordable rental units.

50-storey tower on Grenville Street at The G2, image via submission to City of Toronto

Designed by Sweeny &Co Architects, the towers are proposed at heights of 161.7 and 117 metres. Architectural plans show off an exterior of brick-faced precast concrete assembly with a dissolving pattern of tan to red bricks surrounding an aluminum-framed pre-finished window wall system.

35-storey tower on Grosvenor Street at The G2, image via submission to City of Toronto

Approximately 395 square metres of retail and a 696 square metre daycare facility are proposed at the ground and third levels. The buildings would be served by a three-level underground garage containing 215 parking spaces, with 112 provided for residents and 103 spaces serving the retail and daycare components. A significant bicycle parking component is also planned, with 194 bicycle parking spaces proposed on the ground floor, and two bicycle storage rooms with a total of 440 parking spaces on the second floor. 

50-storey tower on Grenville Street at The G2, image via submission to City of Toronto

Residents would also have access to a selection of amenity spaces, the majority of which would be housed on the third floor, including a planned fitness facility, including a gym area, bike spin room, boxing/crossfit room, studios, a spa, and change rooms. Additional indoor and outdoor amenity space is proposed on the fourth floor, with the building offering a total of 2,115 square metres of indoor space and 731 square metres of outdoor space. An additional 192 square metre outdoor amenity space is proposed to serve the daycare component.

35-storey tower on Grosvenor Street at The G2, image via submission to City of Toronto

Additional information and images can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.

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Related Companies:  Bousfields, Choice Properties REIT, COUNTERPOINT ENGINEERING, Greenwin, Sweeny &Co Architects Inc., Terraplan/Studio TLA