Altree Developments has revised its plans for a two-building condominium development at 1625 Military Trail near the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. First submitted to the City for approvals in October, 2019, updated materials and drawings detail a number of changes to the Kohn Partnership Architects-designed project.

Looking south, 1625 Military Trail, designed by Kohn Partnership Architects for Altree Developments

Located between Old Kingston Road and Kingston Road and overlooking the Highland Creek ravine and parks, the site is mostly vacant, except for a corner auto shop situated at the northeast edge of the property. Altree had intended on participating in an April community consultation for the proposal prior to the resubmission but the meeting was postponed due to COVID-19.

Site of 1625 Military Trail, image via submission to City of Toronto

The revised proposal maintains the eight-storey, 32-metre-tall massing of both buildings but introduces a 1.5-metre setback from the future widened Military Trail and a three-metre maintenance buffer along the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority conveyance to the southwest, along the rim of the Highland Creek valley.

Looking southwest, 1625 Military Trail, designed by Kohn Partnership Architects for Altree Developments

As a result, the overall gross floor area of the development has been reduced from 39,434 m² to 37,099 m². The total number of proposed units has dropped accordingly, with 578 units now planned compared to the initial 620. The revised application calls for 116 studios, 319 one-bedrooms, 88 two-bedrooms, and 55 three-bedrooms. 

Looking northwest, 1625 Military Trail, designed by Kohn Partnership Architects for Altree Developments

Previously proposed surface parking spaces are now planned as car-share spaces and all visitor parking has been moved underground. A total of 439 residential and 86 visitor spaces are contemplated along with 393 long-term and 42 short-term bicycle spots.

Looking southwest, 1625 Military Trail, designed by Kohn Partnership Architects for Altree Developments

Elevation sketches highlight the proposed materiality of the buildings, which would mostly be wrapped in glazing and glass spandrel panels, with the lower floors featuring 'rustic red' precast concrete frames. Light grey precast concrete, charcoal, and wood grain panels also serve as additional architectural accents.

North and west building elevations and materality, image via submission to City of Toronto

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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