A 2017 proposal from Graywood Developments for a new high-rise residential development at the west edge of Toronto's Distillery District has been resubmitted for Site Plan Approval. Previously proposed as a 39-storey tower, the revised architectsAlliance-designed proposal at 33 Parliament Street calls for a 32-storey mixed-use building with retail at grade and a reduced unit count above.  

Revised design for 33 Parliament, image via submission to City of Toronto

A number of design changes have been implemented in the updated proposal, following the City's refusal of the initial plan. This updated plan has been submitted in advance of an upcoming March, 2020 hearing at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), likely signalling that the developer and the City expect to be settling before the hearing and have the settlement ratified by LPAT. The reduced height from 131 metres to 105 metres is the most notable change, along with revisions to the massing and exterior expression, while retaining the overall red brick podium and glass point tower design language established by the community's earlier condo towers. 

Revised design for 33 Parliament, image via submission to City of Toronto

The revised building would contain a total gross floor area of 34,216 m², including 1,630 m² of retail and 32,586 m² of residential space. The residential component would include 455 condominium units, a significant reduction from the 622 units proposed previously. This new mix of units is proposed as 26 studio units, 243 one-bedroom units, 128 two-bedroom units, and 58 three-bedroom units.

Revised design for 33 Parliament, image via submission to City of Toronto

Architectural plans reveal a range of proposed exterior materials including red ironspot brick cladding, a pre-finished aluminum window wall system with clear glazing and shaded spandrel panels, clear balcony glazing. A mix of curtainwall glass and dark stone finishes would enclose the ground floor.

The site would be served by a three-level underground garage accessed via a private lane off Parliament Street. The garage would contain 244 vehicular parking spaces and 456 bicycle parking spaces.

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 below.

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Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, EQ Building Performance Inc., Graywood Developments, NAK Design Strategies, WND Associates Ltd