Trolleybus Urban Development Inc is proposing a 26-storey tower situated at 9 Oxford Drive, just north of the intersection Eglinton Avenue West and Weston Road and a short walk from Mount Dennis Station, the initial western terminal for Crosstown Line 5 which should be operating by this time next year. The developer is seeking both a Zoning By-Law Amendment and Official Plan Amendment from the City to move forward with the project.
The site is an assembly of five lots at 1 through 9 Oxford Drive on the south side of street, has four low-rise single houses on them and one semi-detached house which would be demolished for the proposal.
Designed by SvN Architects and Planners, the proposal is 26-storeys tall with wrap-around balconies behind a white, gridded frame. The tower floors conform to the City's 750m² floor-plate guideline for point towers. The lower floors form a slightly larger podium that steps back twice. A total GFA of 18,989m² would result in a site density of 12.1 FSI.
The building would bring 278 residential units to the area, in a mix of 6% studios, 54% one-bedrooms, 26% two-bedrooms, and 13% three-bedrooms, and proposes a 95-space, 3-level underground garage accessed from the east end of the property off of Oxford Drive. Bicycle parking would be available on the garage levels and ground level with 252 spaces fro residents and 28 for visitors.
The area is characterized by mainly residential uses with some commercial along Weston Road, mostly low-rise, but with some mid-rise apartment buildings in the mix. With the coming of the Crosstown Line 5, and a new GO and Union Pearson Express station at the same location, there have been other development proposals on neighbouring streets including 8 Locust and 15 Hollis, at 36 and 34 storeys respectively, and each a short block closer to the station. Those proposals are shown 'ghosted' in white in the renderings above. The first rendering shows the location of Mount Dennis station through logos just to the right of the ghosted 15 Hollis.
Work to extend the Crosstown Line further west towards Renforth Drive is already underway, but until opening, TTC buses will continue to ply Eglinton Avenue westwards. Buses also serve Weston Road heading north and south.
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