15 Jul Lifetime Developments Proposes a New Tallest for Midtown Toronto
An application submitted to the City seeks rezoning to bring a 65-storey, Wallman Architects-designed condominium tower to the block west of Midtown Toronto’s Yonge-Eglinton intersection. The proposal by Lifetime Developments at 36 Eglinton West would rise 220 metres high on the northeast corner with Duplex Avenue, and would become the tallest building in Toronto north of Bloor-Yorkville.
Looking east to 36 Eglinton West, image via submission to City of Toronto
The proposal has been tabled for a site with an existing medium-scale office building, where a previous proposal was granted approval by a 2013 OMB decision zoning the site for a 39-storey building with a 122.5-metre height. The new application exceeds that by almost 100 metres, and the significant increase is explained in a report prepared for the developer by planning firm Bousfields, stating that “In contrast to the 2013 zoning approval for 39 storeys, the new Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan policies more explicitly support intensification and increased height on the subject site.”
Looking northeast to 36 Eglinton West, image via submission to City of Toronto
The proposal contains a total gross floor area (GFA) of 45,111 m², with 44,562 m² accounting for 99% of the GFA planned as residential. The remaining GFA is planned as 549 m² of retail space along the building’s Eglinton Avenue West frontage. A total of 663 condominium units are proposed in a mix of 376 one-bedrooms, 166 two-bedrooms, and 121 three-bedrooms.
The building’s five-storey podium would contain a multi-level retail space, along with a mix of building service areas, including a dedicated amenity level on the third floor and residential units within the upper podium levels. A second amenity level on the sixth floor would mark the extent of the podium, with the remaining floors above dedicated to residential uses as well as a mechanical penthouse level.
Podium, 36 Eglinton West, image via submission to City of Toronto
With Eglinton station right at the site’s doorstep, a minimal parking component of just 72 parking spaces is proposed on three underground levels, planned as 57 resident spaces and 15 visitor spaces. Active local commutes would be supported by the inclusion of 681 bicycle parking spaces within the building.
Source: Urban Toronto