The City of Toronto has received an application for zoning by-law and official plan amendments from WND associates on behalf of Sorbara Group.The redevelopment proposal includes multiple new buildings with 946 new residential units in total as well as retail space on underused portions of a property at 11 Catford Road and 20 Broadoaks Drive. The proposed buildings are designed by Graziani + Corazza Architects.

Looking northwest to the 11 Catford redevelopment, designed by Graziani + Corazza Architects for Sorbara Group

The site is located in the North York neighbourhood of University Heights and will cover an entire block bounded by Catford Road to the north, Keele Street to the east, Broadbanks Drive to the south and Derrydown Road to the west. It is located southwest of the intersection at Keele Street and Finch Avenue West where there is a subway station and will also soon be the easter terminal of the Finch West LRT.

The surrounding area primarily consists of auto-oriented suburban neighbourhoods to the west of Keele Street, and low-rise commercial and light industrial to the east of it. York University is close by to the north. Because of the recently completed subway station, coming LRT, and proximity to York University, the area close to the Keele and Finch intersection is redeveloping with a number of residential and mixed-use developments proposed. There are already numerous rental residential buildings in the area, including two on this site, while there are also community centres, parks, and schools nearby.

Site of 11 Catford redevelopment, designed by Graziani + Corazza Architects for Sorbara Group

Onsite, the two 9-storey Tower-in-the-Park style residential rental apartment buildings will be retained as part of the redevelopment scheme. The proposal encompasses constructing two new blocks of 4-storey townhouse-style residential homes in the northwest corner fronting on Catford, a 12-storey mixed-use building fronting on Keele, and 18 storey and 30-storey residential buildings linked together by a 6-storey podium in the middle of the site and accessed via a new private drive from Derrydown Road.

The two existing buildings at 11 Catford and 20 Broadoaks contain a total of 222 and 177 rental apartment units, respectively. The new buildings would include 4 studios (0.4%), 563 one-bedroom units (59.5%), 319 two-bedroom units (33.7%) and 60 three-bedroom units (6.3%) for a total of 946 new units across all of the proposed buildings. There would be 292 units in the 12-storey Keele building, 606 units in the 18 and 30-storey linked building, and 48 units across the townhouse blocks. All together, there would be 1,345 units onsite consisting of the existing and proposed units.

Site Plan for 11 Catford redevelopment, designed by Graziani + Corazza Architects for Sorbara Group

The two exiting buildings combined currently have a residential GFA of 39,734m² and a FSI of 1.25. The proposed development would create an additional 722m²​​​​​​​ of retail gross floor area and 67,058m² of residential gross floor area on the proposed site, for a new FSI of 3.38.

There are a total of 704 underground vehicular parking spaces proposed for the new and existing buildings, with all 128 current surface parking spots being relocated to an underground parking level. There would be 711 bicycle parking spaces located underground on the first two levels, with the exception of 67 spots located on ground level for short term use.

There would be 3,600m²​​​​​​​ of open spaces on site linked to a new, 1,600m²​​​​​​​ public park through a network of walkways on the site. Additionally, there would be a total new amenity space of 1,892m²​​​​​​​ indoors and 1,892m² outdoors.

You can learn more from our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like, 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, Ferris + Associates Inc., Graziani + Corazza Architects, RWDI Climate and Performance Engineering, WND Associates Ltd