A condominium development coming to 199 Church Street south of Dundas in Downtown Toronto could be a bit taller than initially approved. The IBI Group-designed development for CentreCourt and Parallax Developments was initially proposed seeking 37 storeys in early 2019, and roughly a year and a half later, the plans have been increased to 39 storeys in a mid-August submission to the City.

Looking east to 39-storey version of 199 Church, image via submission to City of Toronto

199 Church was initially proposed at a height of 121.25 metres in the original 37-storey submission. That has now increased to 129.5 metres, but despite the height increase, the updated gross floor area (GFA) of 28,000 m² actually represents a sizeable decrease from the original proposal's 31,200 m² GFA. Other internal changes since the first proposal include the increase in unit count to 484 from the initial 478. While the revised plan was submitted this summer, the changes have been hinted at throughout the project's marketing, such as in renderings like the one below which show the tower depicted as a 39-storey plan.

199 Church, image courtesy of CentreCourt/Parallax

The recent planning submission also includes a closer look at the cladding materials planned for the tower which include a window wall system with back-painted glass spandrels framed in charcoal-toned mullions and surrounded in a grid of "black tar" toned metal panels in three-level sections that articulate the tower volume. A cantilever seven levels above the preserved heritage components is to feature a light bamboo-coloured longboard soffit for its underside.

Another feature detailed in the documents is a public art mural planned for the rear of the building, described as an "interlayered glass" treatment. First described in the August, 2019 submission, the mural would animate the building's Dalhousie Street frontage.

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 in the space provided on this page.

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