A proposal to build three buildings with a substantial affordable housing component on the City-owned commuter parking lot just north of Warden subway station now includes higher densities. CreateTO, which manages the City of Toronto's real estate portfolio, first submitted plans for the site in summer 2019 under the City's Housing Now program. Resubmitted documents for zoning and subdivision approval illustrate revisions to the superkül-designed project following comments from City staff and stakeholders.
The development site at 705 Warden Avenue is located just beyond the northeast corner of Warden Avenue and St. Clair Avenue East, abutting Taylor-Massey Creek Ravine to the south, townhomes and Warden Hilltop Community Centre to the north, Warden Avenue to the west, and the subway corridor to the east.
The rezoning application initially detailed plans for two mid-rise blocks facing Warden Avenue: a seven-storey, 142-unit building and an eight-storey, 120-unit building. An 18-storey building located on the eastern edge of the property would have contained 216 units. A new public road and a public park adjacent to the existing green space were also proposed in the original application.
Following meetings with City staff and a community consultation in September, a second submission of materials was made in October, outlining an increase in the proposed residential gross floor area but maintaining the proposed heights of the buildings. Further revisions surfaced in January, 2020, when a report to the City's Planning and Housing Committee recommended approval of approximately 500 units, half of them dedicated as affordable rentals, across buildings of 18, 11 and nine storeys.
A third submission made this month envisions further increases to the height and density of the proposal. Although the height of the mid-rise building at the corner of Warden Avenue and Roper Road (Building A) has been reduced from nine to six storeys to "better relate to the existing built form located north of the site," the height of the building on the southwest corner (Building B) has increased from 11 to 19 storeys to accommodate additional housing opportunities. The building hugging the subway corridor (Building C) remains at 18 storeys.
The total residential gross floor area has increased to 44,575 m², accommodating a total of 561 units. There would be 52 and 70 "alternative housing" units inside Buildings A and B respectively, with Building C containing 109 "assisted housing" units. The proposal also calls for 535 m² of retail space held entirely within Building A, an 837 m² daycare facility within Building C, and 3,834 m² of new public park space. Two privately owned public spaces (POPS) are proposed to the southwest and the northeast of Building A.
The revised development would also contain 311 parking spaces and 594 bicycle parking spaces. A TTC office building proposed immediately north of Building C is being considered separately from this development.
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