In the north-east corner of Toronto bordering on Markham, Waverly Projects has submitted a rezoning application for a mixed-use development to replace an amalgamation of low-rise properties at 4631 Steeles Avenue East, right next to Milliken GO station and Splendid China Mall. If constructed, residents of the 22 and 25-storey condo towers would have access to a SmartTrack Station at their doorstep, following news of the Federal Government committing funding to that project.
Designed by Ratio + Micacchi Architecture, the project would add 499 condo units to a growing neighbourhood on Steeles East. Next door, the owners of Splendid China Mall are looking to densify their property as well, with 3 additional residential towers to replace the sea of surface parking used by mall customers. Approved by the LPAT in February 2019, that project would bring 793 condos, 12,808 m² of office space and 3,257 m² of retail space to the area.
The development highly favours two-bedroom units, with 349 proposed; 141 one-bedroom, and 9 three-bedroom condos will fill out the rest of the project. Reflecting the car-dominated nature of the suburban centre, 513 below-grade parking spaces will be provided.
In addition to the residential component, a 10-storey, 5,167 m² medical office building would front Steeles Avenue at its corner with Redlea Avenue.
Although subject to change due to the nature of rezoning applications (plans are put forth are requesting potential density and use rather than to construct finalized structures), the architecture of the residential buildings currently features a grid of white precast framing rows of inset balconies and projecting individual balconies. The office tower heavily relies on a rust-red cladding, alternating with all-glass façades to create a shifting-volumes effect.
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