Submitted to the City of Toronto at the end of 2018, a rezoning application to redevelop a pair of motels at the northeast corner of Kingston and Brimley roads in the Scarborough Bluffs area is advancing with a reworked plan. Proposed by The Hi-Rise Group, the project at 2476 Kingston Road was resubmitted with a new design one year after initially being tabled, and is now back once again with a second redesign, incorporating further revisions in response to comments from City staff.
The 8,776 m² site, currently home to the Royal Motel and the Avon Motel, is proposed to be redeveloped with 11 and 22-storey, Graziani + Corazza Architects-designed towers. The heights are revised from the initial application's 13 and 16-storey towers, and the second application's 11 and 19-storey towers. Despite increases in height, the new proposed gross floor area (GFA) of 32,716 m² marks a very slight drop from the previous application's 32,976 m² GFA. This is largely due to significant reductions in the number of podium floors, which bring the proposal in line with the City's Tall Building Design Guidelines.
The revised GFA is planned entirely as residential space, with a total of 439 condominium units, increasing from the previous version's 411 units. These are now planned in a mix of 221 one-bedrooms (50% of total), 170 two-bedrooms (39% of total), and 48 three-bedrooms (11% of total), with the updated unit breakdown including a larger percentage of multi-bedroom, family-friendly units.
Other changes incorporated in the new plan include a slight increase in resident parking spaces proposed in the two-level underground garage—from 467 to 470—along with a significant increase in the number of bicycle parking spaces—from 314 to 439.
A proposed POPS (Privately-Owned Publicly-accessible Space) remains along the Kingston Road frontage, but has been increased somewhat from the previous submission's 439 m² up to 500 m² in the new submission. This and other outdoor spaces—like the building's ground-floor outdoor amenity areas—will feature landscaping designed by Marton Smith Landscape Architects.
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|Related Companies:||Graziani + Corazza Architects, WND Associates Ltd|