Almost a year after two adjacent proposals on Eglinton west of Yonge in Midtown Toronto were integrated into a single plan, the proposed two-tower complex at 50 through 90 Eglinton Avenue West has been submitted for Site Plan Approval (SPA) to City staff. The proposal from developer Madison Group has advanced to this stage of the planning process following the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal's August, 2019 approval in principle of rezoning for the site's east tower.
Hariri Pontarini Architects serves as design architect, Turner Fleischer Architects is Architect of Record, and ERA Architects act as heritage consultants on the project. Renderings paint a largely unchanged picture since the last submission, incorporating minor revisions to the height, as well as some more subtle changes within.
The plan still calls for a 32-storey east tower, but the west tower now has 26 storeys, increasing by two from the previous submission. The new heights would reach 111.6 m / 366 ft and 93.1 m / 305.4 ft, both increasing less than one metre taller that the previous application's heights.
Like previous versions, a primary feature in the complex's street-level experience is the partial retention of the east and south facades of a 1920-built Toronto Hydro building at 50 Eglinton West. One notable change to the retention and modification of its facades is the deletion of a proposed 3.0 metre-wide, double-height colonnade, now replaced by glazed openings in the east facade of the Hydro Building.
A total gross floor area of 44,337.9 m² is proposed, with 37,237.4 m², or 83.9% of the building, dedicated to residential floor area within the towers and an amenity level on the fourth floor of the podium. Retail would take up 2,918.4 m² on the first two floors, and office space would count for 4,182.1 m² on levels two and three, taking up the remaining podium space.
The updated plan's towers call for a combined 534 condominium units, an increase from the 512 in the 2019 application, with 242 units in the west tower and 292 in the east tower. These are now proposed in a mix of 252 one-bedrooms, 253 two-bedrooms, and 29 three-bedrooms, an unusually high proportion of multi-bedroom units.
Parking for the complex would be housed within a three-level underground garage with 224 spaces, 163 for long-term resident use, and 61 spaces shared between visitors, retail, and office users. 575 bicycle parking spaces would also be included.
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|Bousfields, Gradient Wind Engineers & Scientists, HGC Engineering Inc, Madison Group, McIntosh Perry, Turner Fleischer Architects