At the end of September, 2021 Marlin Spring Developments submitted Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications to the City of Toronto for a condominium building at 2189 Lake Shore Boulevard West in Etobicoke's Humber Bay Shores area. For this site on the east corner of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Marine Parade Drive, Wallman Architects have designed a mixed-use tower of 59 storeys with a 2-through-11-storey base that gradually steps back with terraces as the building rises.

Rendering looking northeast. Image by Wallman Architects.

Immediately east of the site is Eau Du Soleil, a striking, recently completed mixed-use development comprised of a 4-storey commercial building, the 66-storey Sky Tower—the tallest tower in the Humber Bay Shores area—the 49-storey Water Tower, and a connecting 6-storey podium. If approved as proposed, 2189 Lake Shore would be the second tallest tower on the lake side of Lake Shore Boulevard in the Humber Bay Shores area at 197.97 metres tall (30 metres shorter than the neighbouring Sky Tower). 

The context plan below, meanwhile, shows the tremendous recent and future development in the nearby vicinity—with projects noted as ‘under construction’, ‘approved/not yet built’, and ‘proposed.’ Included to the northwest across Lake Shore Boulevard is the 28-acre former Mr. Christies site at 2150 Lake Shore where about a dozen towers and several shorter buildings are designed in a way to create a full community over the coming two decades out of the current strip-like form of Humber Bay Shores. A new GO station at Park Lawn Road is coming along with enhanced streetcar service in conjunction with 2150 Lake Shore.

Context Plan – indicating *Under construction; ** Approved/not yet built, *** Proposed.. Image by Bousfields Inc.

 In contrast to the skyscraping heights of the 2189 Lake Shore proposal and its neighbours, to the immediate southeast is a vacant 0.40-hectare piece of land owned by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority that is intended to be developed as a park. On the south side of Marine Parade Drive are the extensive parklands of Humber Bay Parks East and West, and the popular Waterfront Trail.

Aerial photo. Image by Bousfields Inc.

2189 Lake Shore West includes 665m² of ground floor retail space along the entire length of the building face along its Lake Shore Boulevard frontage. The building has a total GFA of 44,915 m² with a site density of 16.4 (FSI). A residential lobby is located along the west building face with its entry facing Marine Parade Drive.

 Setbacks at grade combined with the existing public boulevards, would provide for an approximately 11.5 metre-wide public realm between the face of the building at grade and the edge of the curb on Lake Shore Boulevard West and a 10 metre-wide public realm on Marine Parade Drive. A sidewalk would be introduced within the public right-of-way along the Marine Parade Drive frontage where one does not currently exist.

The proposed setback along Lake Shore Boulevard matches the podium setback of the abutting Eau Du Soleil property to the east, forming a street wall with at-grade retail uses fronting Lake Shore Boulevard West.

While the lowest levels of 2189 Lake Shore and Eau Du Soleil would be as close as 5 metres, the podium levels gradually step back as they rise and from the 12th level on up, the buildings would be approximately 37 metres apart, nearly 50% more than the Toronto guideline of 25-metre separation between buildings.

2189 Lake Shore West, Toronto, designed by Wallman Architects for Marlin Spring Developments.

2189 Lake Shore's second storey would be dedicated to storage (i.e. resident lockers), long-term bicycle storage (586 spaces), short-term bicycle storage (66 spaces) and mechanical/electrical rooms. Level 3 is dedicated to residential amenity space: 1,393 m² of indoor and 614m² of east-facing outdoor space on the roof of Level 2 would include landscaping, seating areas, and a water feature. There is an additional 335 m² of indoor amenity space on Level 4, which opens onto 210 m² of outdoor amenity space, wrapping the east side of the building. The tower’s residential units begin on Level 4.

Rendering: pedestrian view looking southeast. Image by Wallman Architects.

The tower is oriented with the narrower façade of the tower being oriented northwest/southeast, and the longer side oriented southwest/northeast: both southeast and southwest sides would have forever-protected views to the lake.

Balconies are located on all sides, the treatment of the balcony guards featuring a modulating pattern on all four faces through the use of opaque panel railings or vision panel guards.

Rendering: pedestrian view looking northwest. Image by Wallman Architects.

A total of 650 condominium units is broken down into a mix of 9 studios (1%), 383 one & one-bedroom with dens (59%), 190 two & two-bedroom plus dens (29%), and 68 three-bedroom units (11%).

A driveway located near the southeast lot line provides access from Marine Parade Drive to the loading spaces and parking garage ramp. Four levels of underground parking provide space for 230 vehicles: 158 residential parking stalls, 67 shared residential visitor and commercial parking stalls, and 5 car-share spaces.


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