DRP E-Update No. 59, September 13, 2018

The Design Review Panel (DRP) is a group of independent design professionals, including architects, landscape architects, urban designers and engineers. They review large-scale private development and public projects, and provide objective advice aimed at improving design of the public realm. Panel meetings are open to the public and interested persons are welcome to attend.

Next Meeting: Thursday September 13, 2018

Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 310 (3rd floor)

1:30 p.m. – 300 Bloor Street West (1st Review)

Rendering of the proposal for 300 Bloor

Application: Rezoning

Collecdev

Presentations:

  • Barry Brooks, Community Planning; Julie Bogdanowicz, Urban Design
  • KPMB Architects

This is a Zoning By-law Amendment Application to permit the redevelopment of the site for a 38-storey mixed-use building containing office, retail/cafe, worship and community, and residential uses (259 dwelling units). The majority of the existing church and the entirety of Pidgeon House would be retained.

Find out more: 300 Bloor Street West

3:00 p.m. – Review of 55, 90 & 150 Eglinton Ave E in the context of Midtown in Focus (1st Review)

Application: Site Plan Approval (55 Eglinton); Rezoning (90 Eglinton); Forthcoming Site Plan Approval (150 Eglinton)

Rendering of the proposal for 55 Eglinton

State Building Group (55 Eglinton); Madison Group (90 & 150 Eglinton)

Presentations:

  • Alex Teixeria, Community Planning; Julie Bogdanowicz and Helene Iardas, Urban Design
  • Staff to present (55 Eglinton); Teeple Architects (90 Eglinton); Quadrangle Architects (150 Eglinton)

The following three applications will be reviewed in the context of Midtown in Focus.

55 Eglinton is a Site Plan application for a total of 40,886.39 square metres of gross floor area (GFA) over 50 storeys. This GFA includes at-grade retail fronting Eglinton Avenue East, and office space to be located on Floors 2-6. A total of 461 residential

units are proposed on Floors 9-50.

90 Eglinton is a Zoning By-law Amendment to permit a 55-storey mixed-use building comprised of 36,192 square metres of residential area (502 dwelling units), 13,326 square metres of office space, and 4,126 square metres of retail uses within the first two levels of the building.

150 Eglinton is a proposal for Site Plan Approval for a 46-storey mixed-use building.

Find out more: Midtown in Focus

Rendering of the proposal for 150 Eglinton

Rendering of the proposal for 90 Eglinton

 

55 Eglinton Avenue East

90 Eglinton Avenue East

150 Eglinton Avenue East

4:30 p.m. Adjournment

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12:30 p.m. – TOcore Parks and Public Realm Plan (3rd Review)

TOcore: Planning Downtown with cityscape graphic(1st Review was October 2016, 2nd Review was February 2017)

Application: City Study

Presentations:

  • Kristina Reinders, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis
  • Adam Nicklin, Public Work

The new Downtown Plan is a 25-year vision that sets the direction for the city centre as the cultural, civic, retail and economic heart of Toronto and as a great place to live. A series of goals – grouped around the themes of complete communities, connectivity, prosperity, resiliency and responsibility – establish outcomes the Downtown Plan intends to achieve as growth continues.

The proposed Downtown Plan provides detailed direction on the appropriate scale and location of future growth. It also links this growth with infrastructure provision to ensure the creation of ‘Complete Communities’. It represents the first comprehensive update since the mid 1970s.

Find out more: TOcore

2:05 p.m. – Bayview Village – 2901 Bayview Avenue (1st Review)

901 Bayview Avenue artist rendering at night of three towers and people walking on the street
Application: OPA & Rezoning QuadReal Property Group Presentations:

  • Josh Reis, Community Planning; Joanna Chludzinska, Urban Design
  • Hariri Pontarini Architects; DIALOG

Bayview Village development including two principal development sites (North and South). The North site to include one 19-storey mixed use building; two 6-storey mixed use buildings; and a retail addition to the existing Bayview Village Shopping Centre. The south site includes a mixed use building with two towers (33 and 28 storeys); and a five storey parking structure.

Find out more: Bayview Village

3:25 p.m. – Commerce Court (1st Review)

Commerce Court artist rendering of two towersApplication: Rezoning Quad Real Property Group Presentations:

  • Henry Tang, Community Planning; James Parakh, Urban Design; Steven Bell, Heritage Preservation Services
  • George Dark, Urban Strategies; Hariri Pontarini Architects

Zoning By-law Amendment to permit the construction of a 64-storey office-retail building on the existing Commerce Court site. The proposal includes an addition to the Hotel Victoria building. The existing Commerce Court South and East buildings are proposed to be demolished.

Find out more: Commerce Court

4:45 p.m. Adjournment

12:30 p.m. – High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Area Character Study (1st Review)

High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Area Character Study boundary map

Application: City Study

Presentations:

  • Elisabeth Silva Stewart, Community Planning; Allison Reid, Urban Design

The City of Toronto is undertaking an area based study of the Apartment Neighbourhood located north of High Park. The Study will assess the physical character of the area and develop a policy framework to guide future change and compatible infill development.

The Study began in October 2017 and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. It is anticipated that the Study will result in a Site and Area-Specific Official Plan Policy.

Find out more: High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Area Character Study

1:50 p.m. – 1779-1791 St Clair Avenue West (2nd Review)

Perspective view of the proposed building at 1779-1791 St Clair Avenue West

(First Review was May 2017)
Application: Site Plan Approval

Graywood Developments

Presentations:

  • Sean Rooney, Community Planning; Allison Reid, Urban Design
  • SMV Architects

Proposal for a 12 storey mixed use development containing a total of 274 residential units. The proposed development would have a residential density of 5.07 times the area of the lot and a commercial density of 0.23 times the area of the lot, resulting in a total FSI of 5.41. The proposed development also includes indoor and outdoor amenity space.

Find out more: 1779-1791 St Clair Ave W

3:10 p.m. – Golden Mile Secondary Plan Study (1st Review)

Golden Mile Secondary Plan Study boundary map

Application: City Study

Presentations:

  • Russell Crooks and Emily Caldwell, Community Planning; Sasha Terry, Urban Design

The City of Toronto is undertaking the Golden Mile Secondary Plan Study, which will develop a vision and comprehensive planning framework for the Golden Mile area. the vision and planning framework will form the foundation for the Secondary Plan, Urban Design Guidelines and other planning tools to be developed by the City Planning Division.

Find out more: Golden Mile Secondary Plan Study

4:25 p.m. – Portland Commons – 517 Wellington Street West (1st Review)

Perspective view of the proposed building at Portland Commons

Application: Rezoning

The Portland Property Group

Presentations:

  • Nathaniel Baker, Community Planning; Nasim Adab, Urban Design
  • Sweeny &Co Architects

Proposed 16-storey office building with ground floor retail space and the retention of the existing Copp Clark Publishing Co. heritage buildings on the subject property that are currently used for commercial and office uses.

Find out more: Portland Commons

5:30 p.m. Adjournment

12:15 p.m. – Metrolinx Electrification Infrastructure – Joint Panel (1st Review)

nine people reviewing bristol boardsApplication: Transit Infrastructure

Presentations:

  • Deanne Mighton, Urban Design; John Potter, Metrolinx

GO Transit mapAs part of the GO Transit expansion, the RER network will be electrified in core sections. This design proposal is for the implementation of protective bridge barriers on all the existing bridges that cross the rail corridor that will be electrified.

Find out more: Metrolinx Electrification Infrastructure

 

1:50 p.m. – 5 Scrivener Square (1st Review)

5 Scrivener Square

Application: OPA & Rezoning

Diamond Corp and Tricon Capital

Presentations:

  • Kevin Friedrich, Community Planning; Joseph Luk and James Parakh, Urban Design
  • Urban Strategies, COBE Architects

The City has received Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications to allow an 8-storey (35 metre) building and a 26-storey (97.3 metre) building with a total of 182 rental dwelling units, 3,085 square metres of non-residential floor area, and 164 vehicle parking spaces within an underground garage.

Find out more: 5 Scrivener Square

 

3:20 p.m. – Wellesley-Parliament Square (St. Jamestown) (1st Review)

aerial view of Wellesley-Parliament Square

Application: OPA & Rezoning

Greatwise Developments

Presentations:

  • Thomas Rees, Community Planning
  • IBI Group, Bousfields, Brook Pooni, BA Group, NAK Design Group, Counterpoint Engineering, Sigmund Soudack

This proposal is for a preliminary Master Plan for the revitalization of Wellesley-Parliament Square which is located in the south-east section of St. James Town.

Find out more: Thomas.Rees@toronto.ca

4:30 p.m. Adjournment

2 p.m. – High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Area Character Study (2nd Review)

Application: City Study

Presentations:

  • Elisabeth Silva Stewart, Community Planning; Allison Reid, Urban Design

High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Study Boundary

The City of Toronto is undertaking an area based study of the Apartment Neighbourhood located north of High Park. The Study will assess the physical character of the area and develop a policy framework to guide future change and compatible infill development.

The Study began in October 2017 and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. It is anticipated that the Study will result in a Site and Area-Specific Official Plan Policy.

Find out more: High Park Apartment Neighbourhood Area Character Study

3:20 p.m. – 721 Eastern Avenue (2nd Review)

Rendering of 721 Eastern Avenue

Application: Rezoning & Subdivision

General Motors of Canada Company

Presentations:

  • Paul Mule, Community Planning; Deanne Mighton, Urban Design
  • Quadrangle Architects; Jeffrey Craft, Terraplan

The proposal includes a multi-use development consisting of office, research and development, ancillary retail, and an auto dealership.

Find out more: 721 Eastern Avenue

4:30 p.m. Adjournment

12:45 p.m. – 2450 Victoria Park Avenue (1st Review)

Application: Rezoning

Collecdev Inc.

Presentations:

  • Valeria Maurizio, Community Planning
  • gh3

Perspective rendering of the proposal at 2450 Victoria Park Avenue

This is a Zoning Bylaw Amendment application to permit the redevelopment of the property with two principal development sites (North and South). The proposal for the North site includes three condominium buildings: one 11-storey residential building; one 39-storey residential building with retail at grade; and one 44-storey residential building with retail at grade.

The South site proposed one 11-storey residential building with retail at grade and a public park. The North and South sites are connected by a proposed new private, east-west road through the property and connecting to Hallcrown Place.

Find out more: 2450 Victoria Park Avenue

2:05 p.m. – 2 Carlton (1st Review)

Rendering of the proposal at 2 Carlton

Application: Rezoning

2 Carlton St. Redevelopment

Presentations:

  • Kate Goslett, Community Planning; Caroline Kim & James Parakh, Urban Design
  • IBI Group

The proposal is to develop a 73-storey mixed-use building with a 6-storey base building. The base building includes retail uses on the first and second floors, office uses on the third and fourth floors and residential units above. A total of 1,046 residential units, 162 vehicle and 1,148 bicycle parking spaces are proposed.

Find out more: 2 Carlton

3:15 p.m. Adjournment

1:45 p.m. – Woodbine Entertainment – 555 Rexdale Blvd (2nd Review)

Application: Site Plan

Brookfield & Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

Presentations:

  • Jack Krubnik, Urban Design
  • David Climans, CGL Architects

Rendering of the proposal for Woodbine Entertainment

This application relates specifically to Block 10 in the proposed plan of subdivision. The proposal is for the development of a casino and performance venue, two hotels, and a parking structure. Retail uses are proposed within the casino area and fronting Lexie Lou Loop.

Find out more: Woodbine Entertainment

3:15 p.m. Adjournment

11:15 a.m. – TTC Scarborough Subway Extension & Related Infrastructure (2nd Review)

Application: Transit Infrastructure

Presentations:

  • Tom Schwerdtfeger and Eric Mann, Transportation Planning
  • Charlie Hoang, IBI Group

Map showing the Scarborough Subway Extension Study Area

The City of Toronto, together with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), is planning an extension to the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2). The proposed Scarborough Subway Extension will replace the aging Scarborough RT and contribute to an integrated and comprehensive rapid transit network that will improve transit service in Scarborough and across Toronto. The extension would extend the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2) north from Kennedy Station to Scarborough Centre.

Find out more: TTC Scarborough Subway Extension

12:55 p.m. – Yorkdale Block Master Plan – 3401 Dufferin Street (1st Review)

Application: OPA & Rezoning

Oxford

Presentations:

  • Vanessa Covello, Community Planning; Helene Iardas, Urban Design
  • Urban Strategies

Rendering of the proposed Yorkdale Block Master Plan

This application has been submitted to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to allow for a long-term, mixed use plan for the entire Yorkdale Shopping Centre site. The applications include three conceptual block master plan options that comprise of a range of retail, office, hotel and residential uses and an internal private street network. Proposed development is intended to occur in a phased manner over the next 20+ years.

Find out more: Yorkdale Block Master Plan

 2:15 p.m. Adjournment