Midtown Toronto's booming Yonge and Eglinton area is home to a growing collection of tall towers, and the 'Manhattanization' of the area shows no signs of slowing as newer and taller proposals emerge from all four approaches to the intersection. Other projects in the area are now years into their planning and appeals processes, and are among the next wave of tall buildings to add more depth to one of Toronto's fastest growing neighbourhood skylines. Now, plans have been updated for the redevelopment of 90 Eglinton East, designed by Teeple Architects and Turner Fleischer Architects for the Madison Group. The site is currently home to a mid-rise office building.

Initially proposed in early 2018 at 55 storeys, the project was subsequently appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), resulting in a settlement that included height and density reductions which was adopted by City Council in April, 2019. The project was then resubmitted for Zoning Bylaw Amendments in October, 2019 with the new plans reflecting the settlement terms, since followed by an updated application from this summer now responding to comments from City Staff in an aim to finalize project details in advance of the Site Plan Approval stage.

The current plan calls for a 52-storey, mixed-use development rising to a height of 187 metres, a slight drop from the original 192-metre height. The building would have a gross floor area (GFA) of 50,225 m². At 32,573 m², the majority of the total GFA (64.8%) would be dedicated to residential space, where 456 units (reduced from 502) are proposed in a mix of 251 one-bedrooms, 152 two-bedrooms, and 53 three-bedrooms.

Looking northwest over 90 Eglinton East, image via submission to City of Toronto

The base of the building is proposed to contain a 14,029 m² office component, replacing the existing office space onsite in accordance with the City’s strict office replacement policies. A significant retail component of 3,622 m² is proposed to occupy a large portion of the ground floor, with a double-height space crossing through a mezzanine level, and into a second floor dedicated entirely to retail space.

As with the previous version of the proposal, the tower base maintains a proposed 12-metre ground-level setback from Eglinton Avenue East, which would be programmed to function as a POPS (Privately-Owned Publicly-accessible Space). This is being done as part of the City's larger plans for an ‘Eglinton Greenline’ that aims to create a widened and enhanced public realm on the north side of the Eglinton between Yonge Street and Mt Pleasant Road.

Looking northwest over 90 Eglinton East, 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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Related Companies:  Madison Group, Turner Fleischer Architects, WND Associates Ltd