A mixed-use, multi-tower community could bring thousands of new homes to a corner of Don Mills in North York, replacing an office complex. This past July, Fengate Properties submitted a Zoning By-Law Amendment application to the City of Toronto for the lands on the northwest corner of Wynford Drive and Concorde Place with plans to redevelop the land with nine towers ranging from 40 to 52 storeys and over 4,000 residential units.

Looking southwest towards the proposed development, design by Core Architects.

The 3.1-hectare subject site is currently comprised of two properties occupied by the Concorde Corporate Centre, which was developed in 1988 (1-3 Concorde Gate) and 1991 (10-12 Concorde Place). It is bounded by the Don Valley Parkway to the west and the CP Rail corridor to the north.

The commercial office complex includes two connected office buildings of 4 and 12-storeys in height (1-3 Concorde Gate), and a 10-storey building (10-12 Concorde Place) anchored by the ESRI Canada. The balance of the subject site is comprised of surface parking and landscaped areas.

Aerial photo showing the site in its context, image by Bousfields Inc.

If the development is approved, the existing office towers would be demolished and replaced with a master plan by Core Architects: residential and mixed-use buildings comprised of nine towers ranging from 40 to 52 storeys, sitting atop 6-storey podiums. Two new public parks spanning a total of 3,690m² would be located at the north and south extents of the site, and a new public street would bisect the 10-12 Concorde Place property in the north-south direction.

Collectively, the proposed development contains 4,086 dwelling units and 307,004m² of residential space, as well as 841m² of retail and 437m² of community space at grade. The overall gross floor area proposed is 308,284m², resulting in a gross density of 9.95 FSI.

Block Plan of the proposed development with North to the left, design by Core Architects.

As illustrated above, to redevelop the site, the land would be subdivided into eight blocks, five of which would be dedicated to development blocks (1, 2, 3, 6, 7), two new public park blocks (4, 8), and Block 5 consisting of excess land that is currently used by an adjacent property. The development would occur across three phases, starting with Block One and Two, followed by Block Three and Four in phase two. Finally blocks Six, Seven, and Eight on the 1-3 Concorde Gate property would make up the final phase.

Site Plan of the proposed development with North to the left, design by Core Architects.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • Block 1: two buildings rising to 48 and 52 storeys on top of a shared 6-storey podium with retail and community space at grade.
  • Block 2 and 3: 2 buildings each, rising to 40 & 42 storeys and 45 & 48 storeys, respectively, on top of shared 6-storey podiums.
  • Block 4: 2,169m² north public park
  • Block 5: excess retained lands used by 16 Concorde Place.
  • Block 6: one building rising to 48 storeys on top of a shared 6-storey podium with retail space at grade,
  • Block 7: two buildings rising to 41 and 45 storeys located atop of a shared 6-storey podium.
  • Block 8: 1,521m² south public park

The dwellings are proposed in a mix of 408 studios (10%), 1,779 one-bedroom (44%), 1,445 two-bedroom (35%), and 454 three-bedroom (11%) units that would be located within the proposed podium and tower elements. The development would also include retail and community uses at grade that would front onto Concorde Place and Concorde Gate, as well as the northern public park.

A total of 2,143 vehicle parking spaces would be provided—1,734 for residents and 409 for visitors—all situated below grade.

Looking north along the new public street through the proposed development, design by Core Architects

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:  Core Architects, EQ Building Performance Inc., Janet Rosenberg & Studio, LEA Consulting, RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists