Republic Developments has applied to the City of Toronto for the rezoning of two properties on the east side of Yonge Street on either side of Newton Drive in Willowdale. The property to the north of Newton Drive is addressed to 6167 Yonge Street while the property to south is, oddly, without an address. A Mazda dealership is located at 6167, while its sales lot is the unaddressed parcel to the south. The site also includes a two-storey commercial building at 9 Madawaska Avenue, and a single-family home at 10 Newton Drive. All would be demolished to redevelop the sites with two mixed-use buildings designed by IBI Group.
As the proposed site spans across two discontiguous properties, there are two separate buildings being proposed. that will provide for a mix of uses at grade inclusive of residential condominium townhouses, and retail spaces
The proposal for the Site A property on the north side of Newton is for a 14-storey building with 354 residential units in a mix of 9 studios, 217 one-bedrooms, 84 two-bedrooms, and 44 three-bedrooms. The building would have a total gross floor area (GFA) of 25,416m², of which 24,522m² would be residential GFA and 744m² would be retail GFA, yielding a floor space index of 5.86.
The building would provide 711m² of indoor and 232m² of outdoor amenity space, which would be provided on Levels 5 and 14. A two-level underground garage would have 193 vehicular spaces, 168 for residents, 18 for visitors, and 7 for retail. Parking access would be provided at the rear through a driveway entrance from Madawaska Avenue or Newton Drive. The building would also have 354 bicycle parking spaces; 318 would be for residents and 36 for visitors.
The proposal for the Site B property south of Newton Street includes a building of identical height, but with 195 residential units in a mix of 16 studios, 100 one-bedrooms, 61 two-bedrooms, and 18 three-bedrooms. The proposal has a GFA of 13,392m², of which 13,000m² is residential GFA and 253m² is retail GFA, yielding a floor space index of 6.23. It would provide 387 m² of indoor and 127 m² of outdoor amenity space on Level 2.
The south building would also have a two-level underground garage, but with 80 vehicular spaces of which 65 would be for residents, and 10 would be for visitors. Driveway entrance would be from Newton Drive. It would also hacve 196 bicycle parking spaces, of which 176 would be for residents and would be 20 for visitors.
The proposed development envisions an active retail frontage along Yonge Street with a three metre setback for landscaping and direct retail entrances off Yonge Street. Two-storey townhouses are proposed at ground level along Madawaska Avenue and Newton Drive. The primary entrance of Site A would be accessed from the vehicular drop-off area at the rear, with a secondary entrance at Madawaska Avenue. The primary pedestrian entrance to Site B would be from Yonge Street.
Outdoor amenity areas of both buildings would be found on the terraces, and in a 442m² green space on Madawaska Avenue that is proposed to become a public park. The buildings on Site A and Site B step down to 4-storeys and 1-storey respectively at the side and rear yards to create a gradual transition to the existing low-rise residential neighbourhood and a more human scale at street level.
There are three provincial highways within a 10-minute drive of the site; Highway 407 to the north; Highway 404 to the east; and Highway 401 to the south. Finch subway station, the current terminal station of TTC Line 1, is 1.3 kilometres from the site. TTC buses pass the site which serve Finch station, which also includes GO and YRT VIVA bus terminals.
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