The Scarborough Village neighbourhood in Toronto’s east end could see much more redevelopment activity when plans for the future Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (EELRT) become more solid, but even before there are projected dates opening dates, developers are looking at land along the major roads here. The LRT line would include a stop right on the block immediately west of Markham Road, beside 3174 Eglinton East, where a mixed-used condominium has been proposed by Scarboro Golf & Country Club Residence Inc, the landowner having submitted applications for Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment.
The site, generally rectangular in shape and about 2,829m² in area, is on the east side of Centre Street. An assembly of 1 through 7 Centre Street and 3174 through 3182 Eglinton Avenue East, there is currently a 1-storey house-form building and a 2-storey commercial strip plaza on the combined site. There is also surface parking along Eglinton Avenue East.
The proposal entails demolishing the existing buildings onsite and adding density with a 29-storey mixed-use tower standing 98m high. This intensification would bring 342 residential units to the neighbourhood with a total gross floor area of 22,818m² and a density (FSI) of 8.07 times the lot area.
The design by SvN includes three elevators, putting elevator service here above the threshold of 1 elevator per 100 units, at 114 units per elevator.
The site is currently serviced by TTC bus routes that reach Kennedy subway station, while Lakeshore GO Trains ca be accessed at Eglinton GO Station just 850m to the west. Looking ahead, the EELRT would include a stop right at Markham Road and Eglinton Avenue East – just steps from the proposed building.
The design calls for a 2-to-6-storey plus mezzanine podium with 249.8m² of commercial space. There would be a chamfered corner position along with varied visual expression for the podium, reading as six storeys along Eglinton Avenue East. It would read as seven storeys along Centre Street, encompassing the grade-related ground and mezzanine levels and five residential storeys.
Starting from the seventh floor, the tower element is designed to have an offset angled profile. Along with the chamfered corner, the intention would be to pull the tower massing away from Centre Street moving towards the low-rise neighbourhoods to the north.
The design includes 894m² of indoor amenity space on floors 5 and 7. Both of these spaces would connect to 480m² of outdoor amenities.
Residents and visitors would drive into the site off Centre Street, leading to one underground level. The proposal includes 48 parking spaces, of which 20 are designated for visitors. In addition, an at-grade bicycle parking room would house 233 long-term spots, along with 34 visitor bike spots on Eglinton Avenue East.
The submission includes a height context map and planned development activity showing intensification plans for the area aligning with transit plans. Besides public transit users who would potentially benefit from future plans for the neighbourhood, the City of Toronto is also working on major expansions of the cycling network in the Scarborough Village area. The EELRT was at 10% design stage as of April 2023. As part of the project, there would be separated bicycle tracks along Eglinton Avenue East. Upon completion, the project would greatly improve transit for the site and further open up the neighbourhood to the rest of the city.
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|Related Companies:||EQ Building Performance Inc., Ferris + Associates Inc., Gradient Wind Engineers & Scientists, LEA Consulting, SvN, WND Associates Ltd|