A development proposal has been submitted to the City of Toronto at 2157 Lawrence East in Scarborough's Dorset Park neighbourhood. The Zoning By-law Amendment application, submitted by Shelborne Capital, seeks to densify a site presently occupied by one- to two-storey commercial buildings and a surface parking lot.

Looking southeast to 2157 Lawrence East, designed by Kirkor Architects Planners for Shelborne Capital

Situated at the southeast corner of Lawrence Avenue and Birchmount Road, the site boasts frontages of approximately 103.5m and 45.7m along Lawrence and Birchmount respectively, encompassing an area of around 4,662m². The area is characterized by a mix of uses, heights, and densities, with a growing node of higher-rise buildings developing around the Lawrence Avenue East and Birchmount Road intersection.

Looking southeast to the current site, image from Google Street View

Designed by Kirkor Architects Planners, the proposed development envisions a mixed-use condominium building comprising two towers that rise to 21 and 24 storeys from a shared 6-storey podium. The taller tower would be situated at the corner of Lawrence and Birchmount, with the other located at the east end of the site. The development would introduce 526 residential units. Each tower would be equipped with three elevators, with an overall ratio of about 88 units per elevator, indicating reasonable wait times.

The podium and streetscape, image from submission to City of Toronto

The development's design establishes a continuous building edge along its main street frontages. The podium would house 718m² of retail gross floor area facing Lawrence and Birchmount, plus ground-floor residential units, and residential lobbies and service areas, contributing to an urbanized streetscape. The proposed towers would be generally rectangular in shape, with a rounded northwest corner for the taller tower facing the intersection.

Looking south to 2157 Lawrence East, designed by Kirkor Architects Planners for Shelborne Capital

Residents would have access to a total of 2,104m² of amenity space, divided between indoor and outdoor areas located at Levels 1 and 7. The development plans for 264 parking spaces across three underground levels, with 211 allocated for residents and 53 for visitors. Additionally, the plan allocates 395 bicycle parking spaces, with 37 designated for short-term use.

An aerial view of the site and surrounding area, image from submission to City of Toronto

TTC bus routes serve both main streets. The Scarborough Subway extension, scheduled to open in 2030, will feature a new station at Lawrence Avenue and McCowan Road, approximately a 15-minute bus ride east of the site, while the Birchmount Bus will soon serve the Eglinton Line 5 Crosstown LRT before arriving at the Danforth Line 2 subway.

Current and future transit servicing the site, image from submission to City of Toronto

The proposed development is not alone in the area, with several other projects planned or under construction nearby. On the west side of Birchmount Road, the under-construction Birchmount Green will stand 15 storeys. To the north, The Borough, also designed by Kirkor Architects Planners, is proposed to stand 21 storeys. Further east, proposals for 1380 Midland Avenue, as well as 2655 and 2650 Lawrence Avenue East are proposed to rise 27, 28, and 35 storeys respectively.


UrbanToronto will continue to follow progress on this development, but in the meantime, you can learn more about it from our Database file, linked below. If you'd like, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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