An early 2018 application to the City of Toronto that sought rezoning to allow a mid-rise condominium development on Gladstone Avenue just north of Queen has been resubmitted with a brand new design. The proposal from Condoman Developments at 31 Gladstone, dubbed The Brickhouse on Gladstone, calls for a six-storey boutique development with a minimalist brick exterior. Designed by Standard Practice, the current plan replaces a previous design by ICON Architects.

Looking southeast to The Brickhouse, image via submission to City of Toronto

The new proposal responds to comments and discussions with City staff with a significant redesign since the original submission. Reductions have come in the number of storeys—dropping from seven to six—and total height, reduced from 28 to 23.3 metres. The gross floor area (GFA) has also fallen from 4,500 m² to 3,267 m². The GFA is entirely dedicated to residential space, planned with 28 condominium units (dropping from the 2018 plan's 58) in a mix of 12 one-bedrooms, 16 two-bedrooms, and 2 three-bedrooms.

Aerial view of The Brickhouse, image via submission to City of Toronto

Renderings and diagrams reveal a main five-storey volume with a grid of red brick finishes—giving 'The Brickhouse' its name—while windows are inset. Balconies have metallic inner finishes. A stepped-back sixth floor is finished primarily in glazing, while an architectural screen is planned for the mechanical penthouse level above.

Looking east to The Brickhouse, image via submission to City of Toronto

Two levels of underground parking are planned with 21 parking spaces, including a single accessible parking space. This is seven spaces fewer than required by a City-wide parking minimums zoning by-law, so it would require an amendment. Meanwhile, a proposed 34 bicycle parking spaces—including 28 long-term wall mounted bicycle racks and six short-term spaces along Gladstone Avenue—exceeds the by-law's minimum for the site of 25 spaces.

The plan would require consent to sever two properties on the subject site, expected to be submitted later during the application process. Next steps in the project's path through City Planning will include a Site Plan Application submitted following the first round of City comments on the updated rezoning application.

Aerial view of The Brickhouse, 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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