The 2014 completion of Aura at College Park introduced a new height peak in Toronto's Downtown Yonge area. Six years later, several of Canada's tallest projects are in the works around Yonge and Gerrard, and a new Zoning By-Law Amendment application submitted to the City reveals plans for another tall tower at the intersection's southwest corner. The plan for 372 Yonge Street calls for a 74-storey mixed-use tower designed by DIALOG that would rise to a height of 255 metres at its architectural peak while incorporating heritage buildings into its base.
The plan is being proposed by a group of companies—Yonge & Gerrard Partners Inc., Turbo-Mac Ltd., and Trimed Investments Inc.—with addresses linked to industrial machinery manufacturer Relco Inc. and King Financial Holdings Limited. Renderings of the tower reveal a slender massing with organic curves, clad in reflective blue curtain wall glazing and featuring an exposed structural exoskeleton support system sporting gold metallic finishes.
The building is proposed with a gross floor area of 35,871 m². 89.7% of the space would be dedicated to residential uses, with 406 condominium units planned in a mix of 232 one-bedrooms, 116 two-bedrooms, and 58 three-bedrooms. 2,337 m² of office uses are also planned, along with 654 m² of new retail space and 702 m² of existing retail space that will live on within the preserved heritage component.
Details of the heritage retention are laid out in an assessment prepared for the developer by heritage specialist architect Philip Goldsmith. The site is currently occupied by four low-rise buildings extending south from Gerrard to Walton Street, including one heritage-designated property at 378 Yonge (a 1930-built Art Deco building on the corner of Gerrard) and three listed properties at 372 (built in 1864), 374 (built in 1862 with additions in 1892) and 376 (built in 1865) Yonge Street. The proposal calls for the retention of the heritage buildings at 374, 376 and 378 Yonge Street, while the heavily-altered yet listed corner building building at 372 Yonge Street is proposed to be replaced by new construction.
Above the heritage base—which would house commercial space—additional commercial floors are planned up to the level seven. The commercial component would be separated from the residences above by the first of two four-level mid-tower sections that would each contain two residential and two mechanical floors. Recessed, multi-level amenity floors on levels 10 and 43 would feature additional structural supports in their outdoor sections that factor into the overall design of the building. Another significant amenity space is proposed at the 74th floor, at an elevation of 235.55 metres above street level.
Below grade, the site would be served by a four-level underground garage stretching over 12 metres below grade. The garage is proposed to house no motor vehicle parking spaces, as the location is well-served by transit, situated right between College and Dundas subway station, but instead would have three levels of bicycle parking and a single mechanical floor.
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