LCH Developments has submitted Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Approval applications to the City of Toronto for 4630 Kingston Road, located on the northwest corner with Manse Road in the West Hill area of Scarborough. Proposed for the site is a 13-storey, mixed-use building that would contain 273m² of retail space at grade and 417 condo suites above. The overall proposed gross floor area (GFA) is 28,660m², resulting in a density of 4.2 FSI.
The site is currently occupied by the single-storey Maystone Plaza which is home to approximately a dozen retailers, take out and dine-in eating establishments, dental and personal service shops, and offices. On surrounding blocks are low-rise neighbourhoods to the north and south, while the neighbouring buildings lining both sides of Kingston Road itself are a combination of low-rise single and multi-family homes, a medical centre, places of worship, and other commercial uses. A number of the other properties along Kingston Road are also subject to rezoning applications.
Designed by Turner Fleischer Architects, the 417 condo suites are proposed in a mix of 16 townhouses at grade (4%), 58 studios (14%), 122 one-bedrooms (29%), 32 one-bedroom plus dens (8%), 31 two-bedrooms (7%), 117 two-bedroom plus dens (28%), 14 three-bedrooms (3%), and 27 3-bedroom plus dens (7%).
The 16 townhouses are each two-storeys in height, and would have access from the street as well as through the internal common corridor of the building to allow access to the amenities and common areas. The front façade of the townhouse units have been designed on an angle, to reflect the overall theme in the architectural design, and would have a private patio with raised planters, delineating the private realm from the public. Materials would include glass, wood, and masonry elements.
The ground floor would also contain two retail units, one located at each corner of the building to accentuate the prominence of the façade and animate the pedestrian level with active uses.
The overall form of the proposed building is in a “U”-shaped configuration, with the greatest height and concentration of density located intentionally on Kingston Road, and two ‘wings’ extending on the east and west sides of the building. The overall massing was informed by the four angular planes from Kingston Road, Manse Road, and the neighbourhood at the rear of the site.
A design note in the supporting documents states that the Kingston Road façade of the proposal is articulated into distinct blocks to break up the massing. The diagonal lines of the upper balconies are designed to both complement the topography and geology of this part of the city which is marked by the nearby Highland Creek valley, and reflect that this Kingston Road does not follow the city's grid system.
A driveway off Manse Road is proposed to provide access to a drop off area on the north side of the building and also underground parking and loading. Pedestrian access to the lobby is proposed from both Kingston Road and the driveway. A courtyard is also proposed on the north side of the building with a landscaped pet relief area .
The proposal is supported by 1,315m² of outdoor amenity area, and 888m² of indoor amenity area. Indoor and outdoor amenities are provided on the ground floor and on Level 8. The outdoor amenities at grade are to be located on the north and west sides of the site, offering a total of 880m² of contiguous space for residents, with a sunken seating area with BBQs and an outdoor fireplace plus additional seating areas, and landscaped berms for wind screening and sound dampening.
An outdoor amenity space is also provided on the Level 8 terrace on the west wing of the building, and is proposed to include a fenced dog exercise area, hot tub, BBQ area, lounge seating, and dining areas, as well as a fire pit.
A 227m² ground floor outdoor amenity area would serve as an entertainment space for residents, with views to the landscaped outdoor amenity from three sides. Additional indoor amenity areas include a pet wash station, a gym, and a co-working space.
The site plan also identifies the location of a proposed parkland dedication. The proposed unencumbered public park (no garage to be built underneath it) is provided on the western portion of the site abutting Orchard Park Drive, with visibility from Kingston Road. The park dedication would be 750m² in area, and will allow for a buffer between a neighbouring residential building proposal and this site.
Two levels of underground parking a proposed with a total of 304 parking spaces for residential, visitor, and retail uses. A total of 330 bicycle parking spaces will be provided, distributed between indoor secure storage at the ground floor and on the first level of underground parking. Additional outdoor bicycle parking spaces are provided in the courtyard on the north side of the building for short term use.
Several TTC busses that pass by the site. The nearest subway station is Kennedy station, which is approximately 10 km away, while Guildwood GO station is about 3.5 km away.
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.
* * *
UrbanToronto’s new data research service, UrbanToronto Pro, offers comprehensive information on construction projects in the Greater Toronto Area—from proposal right through to completion stages. In addition, our subscription newsletter, New Development Insider, drops in your mailbox daily to help you track projects through the planning process.
|Related Companies:||LCH Developments, MHBC Planning, Turner Fleischer Architects|