An application submitted to the City of Toronto in late July seeks Site Plan Approval (SPA) to bring a trio of condominium towers to a site at 1221 Markham Road, just north of Ellesmere Road in Scarborough, current home to a large buffet restaurant and retail plaza. Proposed by Vermilion Developments, the plan would bring three Richmond Architects-designed condominium towers to the site, along with street-fronting retail space.

1221 Markham Road, image via submission to City of Toronto

The application stems from the 2011 approval of a Zoning By-law by the Ontario Municipal Board, now the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), granting zoning for three towers ranging in height from 20 to 26 storeys and containing a total of 733 residential units. Since that approval, the site ownership has changed hands, and the new applicant's application for SPA calls for a revised three-tower plan that includes taller tower heights and an increase in proposed unit count.

1221 Markham Road, image via submission to City of Toronto

The updated SPA application now seeks towers of 20, 26 and 30 storeys in height, with a total gross floor area (GFA) of 73,807 m². The majority of the GFA (98.8%) is planned as residential space, with 866 condominium units (133 more than the OMB/LPAT approval) planned in a mix of 646 one-bedrooms, 157 two-bedrooms, and 63 three-bedrooms. The remaining 815 m² is planned as retail space along Markham Road.

1221 Markham Road, image via submission to City of Toronto

Standing at 30 storeys, the tallest building on the block would rise 30 storeys at the southwest corner of the site to a height of 102.75 metres, with a GFA of 30,611 m² and 345 units. To the east, the middle tower would rise 20 storeys along the north edge of the site to a height of 72.3 metres, with a GFA of 18,224 m² and 211 units. At the east end of the site, the final tower is proposed to rise 26 storeys to a height of 90.3 metres, with a GFA of 24,972 m² and 310 units.

1221 Markham Road, image via submission to City of Toronto

The complex is proposed to contain a two-level underground garage spanning the site, accessed via a central drive court. The garage would have 723 parking spaces in a mix of 630 resident spaces, 86 visitor spaces, and 7 spaces for the retail. 641 bicycle parking spaces are also included, with 565 long-term spaces and 69 short-term spaces for the residential component, as well as 2 long-term and 5 short-term spaces for the commercial component. The garage levels are also proposed to house 681 resident lockers.

1221 Markham Road, image via submission to City of Toronto

With the project being constructed mid-block north of Ellesmere Road, a new 18.5-metre public street is proposed along the subject site's south and east property boundaries that would greatly improve site access and traffic flow for the new complex. The new road could also potentially serve intensified uses of neighbouring Tower-in-the-Park sites to the south and northeast, were they to be redeveloped in the future.

You can learn more from our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like to, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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