Cityzen Development Group has launched a website detailing their design concept for Phase 3 at Pier 27, the final two buildings in the mostly residential complex on the south side of Queens Quay, just east of Yonge Street. Designed by architects—Alliance, the complex has been built over two phases so far.  

Looking west to Pier 27 Phase 3, at centre, designed by architects—Alliance for Cityzen Development Group

The first phase, Waterlink at Pier 27 was completed in 2016 can consists of two buildings, each of which has two eleven-storey wings rising from the ground next to Toronto Harbour, and each of which has a three-storey bridge of suites up top that rest on the eleven-storey wings. The second phase, the 35-storey Tower at Pier 27, was completed in 2020 and rises to the north of the westernmost wing of Waterlink. Each of the three buildings so far have similar although not identical designs, varying only in the details of the primarily clean, floor-to-ceiling glass-paned windows with white-painted aluminum framing.

Pier 27 Phases, designed by architects—Alliance for Cityzen Development Group

As the easternmost wing of Waterlink goes all the way from the water up to Queens Quay, the two phases completed so far form a U-shape around an open area where the two Phase 3 buildings would rise. Two more buildings have always been a part of the plan to complete the development, with zoning in place that would allow them to be of similar height and size to the Phase 1 Waterlink wings to their immediate south.

Looking north to Pier 27 Phase 3, at centre, designed by architects—Alliance for Cityzen Development Group

One of the two Phase 3 buildings, the eleven-storey building to the east, is still proposed at a size that corresponds with zoning permissions, but the developer will be seeking Zoning By-law Amendment to allow for the building to the west to rise as high as 45 storeys. Cityzen posits that in the time since the development was first proposed in 2006, the size of new development in the area has increased significantly, including provincially mandated policies that "support intensification in already built-up areas. Cityzen wants to modify the original plan for Phase 3 to align the proposal with the new planning policies."

Looking south through Pier 27 Phase 3, designed by architects—Alliance for Cityzen Development Group

The proposal concept calls for 136 residential units in the shorter building and 446 in the taller one, while between the two there would be 601 m² of retail space on the ground floor, and 362 parking spaces. As the developer is still in the process of submitting the proposal to the City of Toronto, no documentation regarding exact heights in metres is public yet. Presumably, details of the design may change during the City's design review and public consultation process.

We will return with more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, 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 threads or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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