29-Storey Tower Proposed at 219 Dundas East

Just south of Filmore's Hotel and Gentlemen's Club, and just north of the l'École Gabrielle Roy French-Language elementary school, a 29-storey condo has been proposed at 219-231 Dundas Street East. Designed by Turner Fleischer Architects, the proposed tower would stand on a site currently occupied by a parking lot and a vacant 3-storey building, changing the face of the neighbourhood with 295 condominium units.

219 Dundas Street East, Toronto, by Turner Fleischer ArchitectsPedestrian view looking north along George Street, image retrieved via submission to the City of Toronto

Responding to the irregular shape of the site, the body of the tower is rounded to meet the curving street. The 1,499 m² (0.37 acre) site is surrounded by very different urban contexts. To the west, the Jarvis corridor is in the midst of a high-rise boom, with both the 45-storey Dundas Square Gardens and the 50-storey Grid Condos now approved for the intersection of Jarvis and Dundas, where the 42-storey Pace Condos is already nearing completion. 

219 Dundas Street East, Toronto, by Turner Fleischer ArchitectsAerial view of the site (red pin), image retrieved via Apple Maps

For the time being, however, the site's immediate surroundings have retained a low-rise context. From a planning perspective, the site forms part of the Garden District's Dundas Corridor Character Area, which identifies the stretch of Dundas between George and Sherbourne Streets as a priority retail strip. High-rise development can potentially be permitted in this area, though requirements stipulate the inclusion of ample ground-level retail.

219 Dundas Street East, Toronto, by Turner Fleischer ArchitectsPedestrian view looking northwest along Pembroke Street, image retrieved via submission to the City of Toronto

The five-storey podium features a  211.2m² retail space at street level, while indoor and outdoor amenity areas are planned for the second floor. Above, the remainder of the podium and the 24 tower levels are given over to residential suites. The 295 units have been proposed as a mix of 19 studio (6%), 124 one-bedroom (42%), 71 one-bedroom + den (24%), 49 two-bedroom (17%), 3 two-bedroom + den (1%), and 29 three-bedroom units (9%). 

219 Dundas Street East, Toronto, by Turner Fleischer ArchitectsThe ground level plan, image retrieved via submission to the City of Toronto

Looking east along Dundas, the tower would form a terminating vista as the street curves to the north...

219 Dundas Street East, Toronto, by Turner Fleischer ArchitectsPedestrian view looking east along Dundas Street, image retrieved via submission to the City of Toronto

While the developer(s) for the project is not yet public, the proposal includes a landscaping plan by NAK Design Group. With the proposal still in its very early stages, the development is subject to significant change, and the current design of the tower may not reflect a finalized project—it's possible that this design is used as a massing model for zoning purposes.

219 Dundas Street East, Toronto, by Turner Fleischer ArchitectsNorth elevation, image retrieved via submission to the City of Toronto

 

Source: Urban Toronto, 4/14/2016

http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2016/04/29-storey-tower-proposed-219-dundas-east

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