The Learning Enrichment Foundation has submitted a Zoning By-law Amendment application to the City of Toronto to bring a 19-storey mixed-use rental building designed by LGA Architectural Partners to 1240 Weston Road, on the southwest corner with Somerville Avenue, a few blocks north of Eglinton Avenue, and walking distance to the soon-to-open Mount Dennis station.

Looking south to 1240 Weston Road, designed by LGA Architectural Partners for The Learning Enrichment Foundation

The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) is a non-profit organization with a mission to, "enable people to become contributors to their community’s social and economic development." It serves thousands of families every year by offering employment services, skills, and language training, childcare services, newcomer settlement services, youth programs, and community enterprise programs.

The proposed site is comprised of three separate properties. Currently, LEF already provides residential housing to over 39 individuals in the current residences at 1240, 1246, and 1250 Weston Road. The redevelopment of the property would allow for the replacement of these rental units, as well as the addition of 132 residential units. The development would also provide ground floor commercial retail and community space, including space for social enterprise, community programming provided by LEF and partner organizations, and office space for LEF and partner supportive-housing operators.

Location of site, image from submission to the City

The 132 units proposed would be comprised of 76 one-bedrooms, 42 two-bedrooms, and 14 three-bedrooms. A total of 9,391m² of residential GFA is proposed, representing 74 % of total gross-floor area of 12,999m², which would bring a site density of 6.06 FSI.

The building’s proposed non-residential space includes roughly 816m² GFA of ground floor retail/commercial space, and 2,376m² of office space located on the second and third levels of the building's six-storey podium.

Looking south to the podium and retail of 1240 Weston, image from submission to the City

A total of 503m² of amenity areas are also proposed, 265m² of it indoors, and 269m² of it outdoors. The outdoor spaces would be atop step-backs in the building design. Indoor amenities are proposed on the 4th, 7th and 8th floors, often adjacent to outdoor spaces.

Looking east to the massing of 1240 Weston, image from submission to the City

The total proposed parking supply is 50 below-grade spaces, comprised of 13 resident/visitor spaces and 37 non-residential spaces across two levels. The building would also have 165 bicycle parking spaces; 126 long-term and 39 short-term.

For residents who don't drive, TTC buses ply Weston Road in front of the site, while the Mount Dennis Transit Hub will open a short distance from the building before it can be built. 

Future Mount Dennis Station, image courtesy of Metrolinx

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