Neighbourhoods either side of Eglinton Avenue through Midtown Toronto are experiencing unprecedented growth in advance of the coming Crosstown LRT line. While the tallest new buildings are coming to the blocks surrounding Yonge and Eglinton, in Leaside a short distance to the east, a surge of mid-rise residential proposals are being considered by the City now. Just south of the future Leaside Crosstown Station at Bayview Avenue, a proposal submitted to the City last week adds to the growing list of projects in the area.

Site of the proposed development, image via submission to City of Toronto

Proposed by Gairloch Developments (in partnership with Harlo Capital) who already putting down roots in the area about a kilometre to the south with their recently-approved 1414 Bayview, their new application at 1718 Bayview calls for a nine-storey Quadrangle-designed building that would reach a height of 31.3 metres and contain a gross floor area (GFA) of 10,880 m². The GFA breakdown includes primarily residential space of 10,543 m², or 97% of the total GFA, the remainder being 336 m² of retail space at grade split between spaces at the north and south ends of the Bayview frontage. 

Looking northwest to 1718 Bayview, image via submission to City of Toronto

A total of 123 condominium units are proposed in a mix of 25 one-bedrooms (20% of total), 85 two-bedrooms (69%), and 13 three-bedrooms (11%), along with three rental units that would be built to replace existing units—in compliance with City policy—that would be demolished to make way for the new building. Among the two-bedroom plans, five two-storey townhome units are planned along the west side of the ground and second floors, 

The building's design includes a pattern of brick, dissolving upward from red to white and eventually to gray. In addition to the natural brick finishes, other proposed finishes include precast and brick-embedded precast panels, a fibre cement cladding system, projecting metal panels, and glass balcony guards. While no photo-realistic renderings have been publicly released at this stage, elevation diagrams offer a detailed look at how the brick pattern would be expressed in varying ways on all four facades. A similar dissolving brick pattern is the primary exterior expression of another project designed by Quadrangle for Gairloch at 3200 Dundas West in The Junction.

East elevation at 1718 Bayview, image via submission to City of Toronto

Unlike the majority of buildings that place mechanical penthouses atop the uppermost residential floor, the project proposes all mechanical rooms on the ground floor and within the two underground levels, dedicating its roof space to a 206 m² green roof. The building's garage will also be below grade, with a total of 77 spaces including 65 for residents and 12 for visitors. The building's bicycle parking is to eb split between 111 resident spaces on the P1 level and 12 visitor spaces on the ground floor.

You can learn more from our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like to, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, Gairloch Developments, Peter McCann Architectural Models Inc., Quadrangle