A new vertical community stands to define the northern edge of the Islington Avenue apartment corridor just south of Highway 401 in Etobicoke’s Kingsview Village area. Reaching heights of 19, 34, and 38-storeys, the new residential buildings are proposed to replace 17 single-family homes with over 1,000 units. Trolleybus Urban Development Inc. recently submitted Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications to the City of Toronto in regards to the proposal.

Looking northeast from proposed green space towards Towers C (left) and A (right), image by superkül for Trolleybus Urban Development

The 2.3-acre/0.96ha site is situated on the east side of Islington Ave, 400 metres south of Highway 401, and west of the Weston Golf and Country Club. Adriatic Road is a small residential side street lined with detached dwellings, an isolated pocket bounded by apartment neighbourhoods to the immediate south and the CN Rail Corridor and a large node of Employment lands to the north and west. Trolleybus has been assembling land parcels along the small street (1 & 3-20 Adriatic Road), with one holdout: 2 Adriatic Road.

Aerial photo – site context, image by Bousfields for Trolleybus Urban Development

The proposed development is organized around the Adriatic Road public right-of-way, which functions as the central spine and primary frontage for the new buildings on the site. The road culminates in a cul-de-sac at its northern extent. The redevelopment calls for the demolition of 17 homes and the creation of a series of development blocks on both sides of the road. The blocks accommodate three new apartment buildings with 73,777m² of residential gross floor area and 1,688m² of publicly accessible open space, for a proposed density of 7.64 FSI. Leading the design is Toronto architectural studio superkül – an award-winning practice boasting institutional work, custom homes and interiors, and a growing portfolio of multi-unit housing.

Aerial view looking southeast from Islington Avenue, image by superkül for Trolleybus Urban Development

The 38- (A) and 34-storey (B) towers are located on the east, adjacent to the golf course, while the 19-storey tower (C) is located on the west fronting Islington Avenue. The large open space at the southwest portion of the site includes a 930m² parcel of land earmarked as a public park and 758m² as a POPS community gathering space for new and existing area residents. The holdout house is adjacent to the proposed park.

A new private road would be built, extending from Adriatic Road and intersecting with Islington Avenue across from Monogram Place, where there is already a set of lights. Owing to the controlled intersection, this road would become the primary access to and from the site.

Ground Floor Plan, image by superkül for Trolleybus Urban Development

The new base buildings frame and activate Adriatic Road with ground-level units and amenity spaces. Rising to 5 storeys, the podiums create a street wall, clad in prefabricated red brick, glass and metal, with the tower portion in masonry precast panels, set further back. Step-backs at Level 6 allow for a continuous outdoor terrace that wraps the towers’ facades. A bridge structure containing indoor event spaces spans both Towers A&B, connecting the two buildings.

The buildings transition between rectilinear and non-traditional floor-plates (which are parallelogram shaped) with angled edges as well as interspersed recessed floors with rounded corners. Tower step-backs assist in enhancing the definition of the building, differentiating the segments, and adding visual interest to the design.

Tower C responds in scale to the existing 21-storey apartment buildings just to the south fronting Islington Avenue. While Towers A and B have slim floor plates (750m²), Tower C’s height and massing reflect the 1970s Tower in the Park design to the south, with a shorter height and larger elongated tower footplate (1,000m²).

Looking north along Adriatic Road, image by superkül for Trolleybus Urban Development

The proposal comprises 1,044 dwelling units, of which 66 (6%) are studios, 588 (56%) one-bedrooms, 310 (30%) two-bedrooms, and 80 (8%) three-bedroom units.

A total of 3,811m² of amenity space (2,455m² indoor) is proposed across the site. For Towers A and B, indoor amenity space is consolidated on Level 6 through a combination of gyms, workspaces, and event spaces, contiguous to the outdoor terrace. Tower C features indoor amenity areas on Levels 1 and 2. Its residents would have access to both Tower A and B’s outdoor terraces.

The three buildings would be served by 3-4 levels of underground parking for 700 vehicles (581 for residents; 119 for visitors). There would also be 784 resident bicycle parking spaces.

Looking southeast at Tower B and Amenity Bridge, image by superkül for Trolleybus Urban Development

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