A high profile proposal in Toronto’s downtown core has been resubmitted to the city, following the previous application’s appeal to the LPAT and the land's change of developer. Originally proposed at 64 storeys by Fitzrovia Capital in 2017, the site at 10 Wellesley Street West was purchased by CentreCourt Developments, who have engaged IBI Group for a redesign, and build on the success the two companies have had recently at Grid Condos and 411 Church.
The Rezoning resubmission resolves a number of the core issues that were contentious in the initial submission. The height of the proposed tower has been reduced to 55 storeys, or 164 metres, removing any shadowing effects on Barbara Hall Park one block east on Church Street. The tower separation distance between the planned building and the existing 24 Wellesley West has been increased from 14.5 metres to 20 metres, now gaining the development support from that building's Board of Directors.
The update uses the entire L-shaped floor plate of the site; with the wider east-west portion of the upside-down L stepping down with terraces and balconies at the 51st, 49th, 45th, 43rd, 40th and 38th-storey levels. The north-south portion of the building rises in a consistent volume from the 5-storey podium to 55 storeys.
The elevation diagram below compares the massing of the Fitzrovia version to the CentreCourt version. Looking north to the building, the consistent southern face is characterized by rows of balconies, while the stepbacks can be seen falling within a 75 degree angular plane line from the sidewalk on Yonge Street, meant to keep the building from feeling like it is looming overhead of pedetrians.
The proposal retains and restores the heritage frontages at 10-16 Wellesley to house both a 946 ft² retail space and the residential lobby. The 512-unit building would house 328 one-bedroom, 99 two-bedroom 52 three-bedroom and 33 bachelor condominiums. Two additional levels of underground parking have been added in the latest version, expanding to a 5 storey garage with 80 stalls to satisfy a 16% unit-to-parking stall ratio.
The rendering below depicts the previous submission, looking south-west towards the tower.
Additional information and images of the earlier design 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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