New renderings have surfaced for a luxury infill condominium project in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood that has been in the works since the early 2000s. Once home to the St. Paul's-Avenue Road United Church, the site has been the subject of a number of planning applications of all types since the heritage structure fell victim to arson in 1995. Planning activity for 121 Avenue began following a 2007 OMB approval for a rezoning application to allow for the construction for a six-storey building on the site. Urbancorp, the owners of the site, later proposed a 14-storey TACT Architecture-designed building containing 14 residential units in 2014. The ownership of the project was subsequently transferred to Zinc Developments.

Looking north-east to 121 Avenue Road, image courtesy of Cumulus Architects

The latest application was submitted to the Committee of Adjustment in Summer 2018, looking to revise the zoning decision with a Minor Variance to allow for an eight-storey building with 11 units, an increase of two storeys over the 2007-approved density. The Minor Variance application was refused, leading to an appeal opening at the Toronto Local Appeal Body. Mediation ran from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019, leading to the parties adjourning the matter until a two-day hearing at the end of October 2019, at which point mediation is intended to resume. 

Looking south past 121 Avenue, image courtesy of Cumulus Architects

In the meantime, photorealistic renderings for the plan appeared on the website of Cumulus Architects, designer of the project’s latest version. The renderings showcase light-grey brick cladding surrounding punched windows. Juliette and corner balconies are scattered across the elevation. The seventh storey sees the building step back, with a reduction in interior floor space in favour of a wrap-around terrace space.

Looking north-east to 121 Avenue, image courtesy of Cumulus Architects

Additional information and images can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Join the conversation in the associated Forum thread or leave a comment below.

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Related Companies:  Cumulus Architects Inc., Terraplan/Studio TLA, Zinc Developments