Tribute Communities has filed a rezoning application with the City of Toronto to permit two 37-storey residential towers at 1325 The Queensway. Located just west of Kipling Avenue, the site which is currently occupied by two low-slung commercial buildings would be intensified by a pair of Graziani + Corazza Architects-designed buildings rising from a substantial podium.

1325 The Queensway, image via submission to the City of Toronto

The two commercial buildings now standing on the property house a Hakim Optical and an auto service shop, with associated surface parking covering the rest of the site.

Subject site, image via submission to the City of Toronto

The proposal would replace the low-rise built form of the property with a mid-rise podium ranging from six to 11 storeys, from which the two 126-metre-tall towers will rise. The mid-rise component facing The Queensway would be 11 storeys in height and feature residences, a 703 m² ground-level retail component, an indoor residential amenity space, and two childcare facilities totalling 1,196 m². The podium would frame a 967 m² landscaped courtyard area, with the towers rising on the south end of the site to minimize shadowing on designated Neighbourhoods northeast of the property.

North and west elevations, image via submission to the City of Toronto

A separation distance of 34 metres is proposed between the two towers, exceeding the 25-metre minimum outlined in the City's Tall Building Guidelines. The large separation distance will also accommodate a 856 m² outdoor amenity space linking the towers on the seventh story. Additional amenity spaces are planned indoors on the ground, second, seventh, and 12th floors. Further outdoor amenity space is planned in the form of a 1,294 m² rooftop space on the northeast corner of the mid-rise component.

South and east elevations, image via submission to the City of Toronto

A total of 1,210 units are proposed. The residential component would achieve 28 studios, 803 one-bedrooms, 256 two-bedrooms, and 123 three-bedrooms. 

Two driveways, located off of Queensway Lions Court on the western edge of the site, provide vehicular access to the development. A total of 1,064 parking spaces are proposed within four underground levels and a partial fifth level. Secured bicycle storage rooms provide 823 stalls, while 85 short-term spaces would be located on the ground floor.

Landscape plan, image via submission to the City of Toronto

The proposal would be constructed in two phases, with the east 661-unit tower to be built first. The daycare facilities will also be completed under the first phase.

The project is just the latest in a string of active development applications along The Queensway. Across the street at the northwest corner of Kipling and The Queensway, KingSett Capital is pursuing plans for a three-building condominium development. Further east, a 13-storey residential building is proposed at 1197 The Queensway, and construction is underway for a 35-storey condominium at 30 Zorra Street.

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Related Companies:  Ferris + Associates Inc., Graziani + Corazza Architects, Tribute Communities