Affordable rentals aren’t always easy to come by in Toronto, but a new pair of Henning Larsen Architects-designed towers may rise in Toronto’s West Don Lands neighbourhood that would house a mix of both affordable and market units.
Official Plan & Zoning by-law Amendment application were submitted to the City earlier this month, and if approved, a set of 45- and 32-storey mixed-use towers atop a 6-storey podium would be built in the area known as Block 20 in the West Don Lands, municipally known as 125R Mill Street.
The proposed development would deliver significant new affordable rental housing and office uses on an underutilized parking lot in Downtown Toronto that’s currently owned by Infrastructure Ontario.
According to documents submitted to the City, the development proposal is comprised of a 6-storey base building that contains approximately 24,000 square metres of office employment and grade-related retail uses as well as the two residential towers above. The proposed development includes 661 rental units (including 30% or 198 affordable units) in a range of unit sizes from one-to four-bedrooms to meet the needs of a variety of household types.
Given the proposed developments close proximity to Toronto’s historic Distillery District — which houses several protected heritage properties — the building’s design would conserve the integrity of the identified cultural heritage value of the adjacent heritage buildings and fit within the evolving context of the area.
According to the proposal, the project would include an east-west walkway along the northern edge of the site that would align with Tank House Lane from the Distillery District west of the site. New landscape elements would be concentrated along this new walkway, which will function as a Privately-Owned Publicly Accessible Space (POPS).
There would also be new trees planted along the east-west walkway that would connect to the emerging green canopy of the West Don Lands and its wider connection to Corktown Commons.
As for parking, the proposal includes an underground garage with a total of 306 parking spaces. An additional 38 spaces are also proposed off-site. Bicycle parking would be provided on the mezzanine level of the project, with a total of 784 spots proposed.
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