The intersection of Davenport and Avenue roads in Toronto's Yorkville area could soon be marked by a new high-rise. Detailed in a recent submission to the City that seeks a Zoning By-law Amendment, Tribute Communities and Greybrook Realty Partners are proposing a 35-storey condo tower on the northwest corner at 148 Avenue Road on a five-property assembly that they recently purchased for $84 million. Vancouver-based Chris Dikeakos Architects working with Toronto's CGL Architects (their offices located within the proposed site on Avenue Road) are designers of the project.

Looking northwest to 148 Avenue Road, image via submission to City of Toronto

Assembled are properties with addresses from 148 through 156 Avenue Road and 224 through 234 Davenport Road. 

Location of 148 Avenue Road, image via submission to City of Toronto

While none of the assembled buildings are listed on the City of Toronto Heritage Register or designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, a heritage impact statement prepared by ERA Architects on behalf of the developers reveals that some of the buildings on site do indeed have some heritage value. At 224 Davenport, a 1930-built property known as the Wagman’s Antiques building is the only building that is proposed to be partly retained in the redevelopment, its west and south facades to be incorporated into the base. Going would be the corner building at 220 Davenport which was constructed circa 1893, with a 1930s addition to the west at 222 Davenport, and 234 Davenport, a structure possibly dating back to the 1890s that has undergone heavy modifications in the generations since, and finally to the north, 156-158 Avenue Road which was constructed circa 1893, with a mid-20th century front addition.

Site of the proposal, image via Google Street View

In place of the existing buildings, the new tower is planned to rise from a three-storey podium, stretching 114.76 metres tall as measured to the top of the elevator overrun above the mechanical penthouse. The plan proposes a total gross floor area of 26,670 m², primarily dedicated to residential space along with 374 m² of street-fronting retail space. A total of 355 condominium units are proposed in a mix of 166 one-bedrooms, 154 two-bedrooms, and 35 three-bedrooms.

Looking northwest to 148 Avenue Road, image via submission to City of Toronto

One notable feature of the development that stands out in renderings is the landscape plan from Janet Rosenberg & Studio. It includes a 87 m² public plaza fronting the Avenue Road and Davenport intersection featuring a multi-storey public art installation. While still early on in the process and possibly a placeholder, the artwork appears consistent in renderings as well as the more technical architectural plans that support them.

Looking northwest to 148 Avenue Road, image via submission to City of Toronto

The public realm is also set to feature a new 140.49 m² POPS (Privately Owned Publicly accessible Space) at the southwest corner of the site, adjacent to the incorporated Wagman’s Antiques building facades. This space will lead toward the site interior, where an 86.98 m² amenity courtyard will be located for building residents.

Looking northeast to 148 Avenue Road, image via submission to City of Toronto

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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Related Companies:  COUNTERPOINT ENGINEERING, EQ Building Performance Inc., Greybrook Realty Partners, Grounded Engineering Inc., Jablonsky, Ast and Partners, Janet Rosenberg & Studio, Tribute Communities