A fully redesigned development proposal has been submitted to the City of Toronto for 665 Sheppard Avenue West in North York's Clanton Park neighbourhood, a property that has seen a succession of proposals. Developed by EL Regency Group and designed by MAR Architect Inc, this proposed 11-storey residential building would add another mid-rise to the area, situated at the southeast corner of Sheppard Avenue West and Yeomans Road.

Looking south to 665 Sheppard Avenue West, designed by MAR Architect Inc for EL Regency Group

The latest Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment application calls would house 259 residential units, ranging from 1-bedroom to three-plus-bedroom layouts, inclusive of 11 live-work units, in a 40.5m-tall structure. The development would have three elevators, a ratio of approximately one elevator for every 86 units, meaning short wait times. Amenities are set to include 577m² of indoor space and 567m² of outdoor space.

Looking southeast to 665 Sheppard Avenue West, designed by MAR Architect Inc for EL Regency Group

The site, an assembly of four lots addressed to 665 through 671 Sheppard Avenue West, spans approximately 2,831m² in area. Currently, it is occupied by four single-detached dwellings, with these structures slated for demolition. The site is bordered by a blend of 1- and 2-storey commercial establishments and single-detached homes. Across Yeomans Road to the west is a nine-storey residential mixed-use building, leading into a corridor of mixed-use, mid-rise developments. The neighbourhood beyond is marked by occasional green spaces, schools, the Finch Site of the North York General Hospital, and a community centre that contributes to the area's family-friendly appeal.

Looking southeast to the current site, image from Google Maps

The proposal has a Gross Floor Area of 17,438m², with 887m² for commercial use at grade. The design incorporates a terraced rear structure, stepping back on the 6th and 9th floors to transition to the surrounding low-density neighbourhood to the south.

Ground floor plan, image from submission to City of Toronto

With three levels of underground garage, drivers would access the development from Yeomans Road. The facility is set to accommodate 211 vehicle parking spaces, of which 53 are dedicated to electric vehicles. There are also 199 bicycle parking spaces, including 20 short-term spots.

The lobby entrance, image from submission to City of Toronto

The history of planning applications for the site is marked by evolving visions and scales. It was previously approved for a development comprising a five-storey condominium apartment, a three-storey townhouse block, and a three-storey stacked townhouse block. These initial plans proposed a modestly scaled development more reflective of the area's existing character. However, a subsequent proposal, rebranded as Clanton Park Towns, significantly expanded the vision with a submission for three stacked condominium townhouse blocks. Designed by SRN Architects Inc for Crown Communities, this project was planned to include a variety of townhome styles: 40 four-storey stacked, back-to-back suites, two three-storey stacked suites, and seven three-storey standard townhouse units.

The previous design, image from submission to City of Toronto

The location is served by multiple TTC bus routes running along Sheppard, with a bus stop right in front of the site, connecting residents to Sheppard West subway station on University Line 1 and Sheppard-Yonge subway station on Yonge Line 1 and Sheppard Line 4. Cycling infrastructure is found close to the site on Faywood Boulevard, Wilmington Avenue, while the City is planning to add lanes on Bathurst Street.

An aerial view of the site and surrounding area, image from submission to City of Toronto

665 Sheppard Ave West is part of a corridor seeing a gradual replacement of low-rise buildings with mid-rise. To the west, Diva Condo was completed a few years ago, Westmount Boutique Residences is under construction, while Privilla, 740 Sheppard West, and Gorman Park Condos are among the proposals. These buildings are predominantly 9 to 10-storey structures.

UrbanToronto will continue to follow progress on this development, but in the meantime, you can learn more about it from our Database file, 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.

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