In North York's Bayview Village, a new mid-rise is angling to stand out from the crowd. A Site Plan Approval application has been submitted to the City of Toronto for a 12-storey mixed-use condominium building at 635 Sheppard Avenue East. Designed by Icon Architects for AC Development, this project is poised to offer a modern and innovative living space in a highly accessible location.

Looking southeast to 635 Sheppard Avenue East, designed by Icon Architects for AC Development

Situated on the southeast corner of Sheppard and Greenbriar Road, the site is currently under-utilized with two detached homes. Its proximity to transportation options is a notable feature, as it is just a 5 or 6-minute walk to stations east or west of it on Sheppard Line 4, placing it squarely within designated Major Transit Station Areas. The Bayview Village Shopping Centre is in close proximity, offering residents a range of shopping and dining choices.

Looking southeast to the current site, image from Google Maps

The defining architectural feature of this building is the striking use of angles on its Sheppard Avenue-facing elevation which are intended to create a memorable silhouette, unique to the neighbourhood. Volumes alternately sport white or dark grey cladding, bringing articulation to the building, while clean glass knits the volumes together.

The angled facade facing Sheppard Avenue East, image from submission to City of Toronto

In a previous submission, a 134 unit, 11-storey building with a height of 39.35 meters was proposed. These numbers have all increased in the latest iteration to 145 units, 12 storeys, and 43.9 metres. The residential Gross Floor Area (GFA) would encompass 10,328m², while some commercial space at ground level would cover 404m². The design also features indoor amenities spanning 290m² and outdoor amenities covering 313m². The building would be equipped with two elevators, averaging approximately one elevator for every 73 units, indicating short waits.

Looking south to 635 Sheppard Avenue East, designed by Icon Architects for AC Development

Parking is to be provided in a two-level underground garage offering a total of 78 parking spaces, of which 14 spaces are designated for visitors or commercial use, and 62 spaces are equipped with Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) to cater to electric vehicle owners. Additionally, the design provides 109 long-term and 16 short-term bicycle spaces.

Residents would enjoy excellent accessibility, with both Bessarion and Bayview subway stations a mere 5 and 6-minute walk away, while TTC buses along Sheppard stop right outside the building. Furthermore, for those who rely on their vehicles, the site is conveniently located just a 3-minute drive from Highway 401, making it easily accessible to drivers.

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

With Sheppard Avenue and Greenbriar Road to the north and west, a four-storey residential condominium is adjacent to the south, while a single-storey institutional building is adjacent to the east. This proposal is part of a transition to greater heights and density in the area. Across the street, at 680 Sheppard East, a 22-storey development is proposed, the same storey-count as 26 Greenbriar, proposed south of the site. Closer to Bessarion station, Burbank Heights and Concord Park Place are proposed to feature 29-storey towers, aligning with the trend of mid- and high-rise developments with greater density in this thriving neighbourhood.

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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Related Companies:  EQ Building Performance Inc., Icon Architects, LEA Consulting, Weston Consulting