With the earliest redevelopment plan for the site having been submitted to the City of Toronto over a decade ago and a variety of versions since, 50 Eglinton Avenue West is now proposed as 46 and 58-storey towers designed by AUDAX architecture for Madison Group. Situated on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West, between Duplex Avenue and Henning Avenue, the Midtown Toronto site is a short walk west of Yonge Street. The mixed-use condominium complex would incorporate the heritage Toronto Hydro-Electric System Eglinton Substation within its podium.

Looking northeast to 50 Eglinton Avenue West, designed by Turner Fleischer Architects for Madison Group

Spanning a total area of approximately 3,989m², the rectangular property assembly comprises 50-60 Eglinton Avenue West, 90 Eglinton Avenue West, and 17-19 Henning Avenue. Currently, the site is home to the heritage-designated 2-story brick building, formerly the Toronto Hydro-Electric System Eglinton Substation, built in 1922, and adjacent structures including a vacant 3-story hydro depot building and a 6-story office building with underground parking.

Looking northwest to the current site from the corner of Eglinton Avenue West and Duplex Avenue, image from submission to City of Toronto

As per the timeline provided in this resubmission, a 2014 rezoning application for 90 Eglinton Avenue West aimed to construct a 29-storey mixed-use building, with subsequent proposals in 2016 including a redesign of the adjacent Henning Avenue properties to mixed-use. In 2017, City Council permitted a maximum height of about 92.5m.

Looking north towards the 2017 proposal for 50-60 Eglinton West, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

An application in 2017 proposed a 36-storey building, revised downward to 32 storeys in a settlement that also merged the site with adjacent properties. In 2020, an application proposed 26- and 32-storey towers. Due to the City requiring updated heights in line with the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan, a resubmission increased tower heights to 34 and 39 storeys. However, an appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal resulted in a mediated settlement endorsed by City Council in May, 2022, reducing heights to 33 and 35 storeys. The latest Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment application is a technical adjustment rather than a redesign, seeking to increase permitted heights and densities.

The 2019 proposal for 50-90 Eglinton West, image via submission to City of Toronto

The current proposal with Turner Fleischer Architects as Architect of Record would introduce a west tower slated to rise 46 storeys or 159m, and an east tower at 58 storeys or 194.2m. Together, they would house a total of 1,206 residential units. With six elevators per tower, residents would have one elevator for every 100.5 units, indicating reasonable wait times.

Ground floor plan, image from submission to City of Toronto

The design features a 2-storey podium that forms a visually cohesive base for the towers, integrating retail and amenity spaces while partially restoring the south and east elevations of the heritage building, overseen by GBCA Architects, with the western portion mirroring the facade. It would contain 1,313m² of retail units along Eglinton Avenue West. Two separate residential lobbies would be situated at the northwest and northeast corners.

Podium of 50 Eglinton Avenue West, designed by Turner Fleischer Architects for Madison Group

The total Gross Floor Area (GFA) would be 75,462m², with residential uses taking 74,148m², resulting in a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 19.09. The development plan includes 2,159m² of indoor amenities along with 1,116m² of outdoor amenity areas, found on the first three floors. Within a three-level underground parking structure, there would be provisions for 156 resident, 14 visitor, and 60 retail parking spaces. For cyclists, there would be 1,089 long-term and 128 short-term spots.

Site plan, image from submission to City of Toronto

Located just a short 150m walk west of the Eglinton station, the station is served by Yonge Line 1, several bus routes, and soon the Eglinton Line 5 Crosstown LRT. Avenue Road station on Line 5 is just 450m west of the site.

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

As urban intensification continues, the Yonge-Eglinton Centre neighbourhood features a diverse array of architectural forms ranging from traditional detached homes and "tower in the park" style buildings, to modern skyscrapers. Northwest of the site, 21-35 Henning Avenue is proposed at 34 storeys. Northeast, 2350 Yonge Street calls for a 50-storey tower. To the east, 36 Eglinton Avenue West is set to stand 59 storeys. At the Yonge and Eglinton intersection, 1 Eglinton Avenue East is proposed at 65 storeys. Southeast of the site, five buildings are proposed at 2180 Yonge Street which would range from 45 to 65 storeys.

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Related Companies:  Bousfields, Egis, Gradient Wind Engineers & Scientists, HGC Engineering Inc, Madison Group, Turner Fleischer Architects