An Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment for a proposed mixed-use condominium building by Graywood Developments and designed by architectsAlliance at 33 Parliament Street beside Toronto's Distillery District has been approved via settlement at the LPAT. Besides an increase of 30 units from 455 to 485, there have been no major design changes to the project since we last covered it in 2019.

Site location and the west elevation of the proposal, image by architectsAlliance for Graywood Developments

A 32-storey tower which is situated on the western portion of the subject site along Parliament, will be constructed as Phase 1 of the project will consist of roughly 25,686 of residential space containing 367 condo units made up of 42 singles, 4 one-bedroom, 134 one-bedroom plus den, 98 two-bedroom, 44 two-bedroom plus den, and 45 three-bedroom units. 

A 10-storey podium extends from the tower eastward along Distillery Lane. Contained within are the development’s remaining 118 units for a total 7,920 of residential space, comprising 6 singles, 12 one-bedroom, 76 one-bedroom plus den, 8 two-bedroom plus den, and 16 three-bedroom units. 

Looking east along Distillery Lane at 33 Parliament, image by architectsAlliance

Together, the building’s shape and elevations create two areas that contribute to the Distillery District’s expanded public realm at grade; south, a linear mews will separate the building’s south elevation from the future 37-storey development at 31 Parliament Street by another developer, while to the north, a new triangular courtyard space naturally expands Distillery Lane to create a retail and pedestrian plaza leading up and into the Distillery District. Since our 2019 coverage of the project, the amount of retail space has been increased from 1,630 to 1,839 , most of which will face onto Distillery Lane with some located along Parliament and on the Eastern edge of the building.

Looking southwest from the Distillery to 33 Parliament, image by architectsAlliance

As before, the podium will predominantly be faced with the ironspot red brick that is emblematic of the Distillery District’s heritage character, while the ground floor will include granite stone panels and glass along the retail frontages and building entrances. The tower above will mostly consist of glass curtainwall with clear glazing, pre-finished aluminum window wall and dark coloured spandrel. 

Eighth floor plan at 33 Parliament, image by architectsAlliance

Both buildings together will provide 745 of indoor amenity space to residents and another 962 of outdoor amenity space in the form of shared balconies on the 8th floor, and a large roof terrace with a swimming pool above the 10-storey podium overlooking Distillery Lane. A POPS (Privately Owned Publicly-accessible Space) is to be provided at street level fronting Distillery Lane, containing simple landscape and hardscape areas and outdoor furniture. 

33 Parliament Site Plan, image courtesy of Graywood Developments

The proposal represents one of several developments that will contribute to the growing southern edge of the Distillery District. A 37-storey residential tower will be built just south of the development at 31 Parliament Street, and an adjacent 49-storey residential tower is to be constructed at 31R Parliament Street to its east side. Together, they stand to add nearly another 800 new units to the area. 

Fortunately, the area is well served by public transit with TTC streetcar and bus routes located well within walking distance from the site, providing regular access to Union Station. The development additionally includes three levels of underground parking containing 213 spaces for vehicles and another 288 bicycle parking spots for residents, retail and visitors.

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Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, EQ Building Performance Inc., NAK Design Strategies, WND Associates Ltd