The surge in developments along The Queensway in South Etobicoke has several catalysts, with under-utilized properties in the area being a major draw for reinvestment. This is evident in the revised Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications for 40 through 60 St Lawrence Avenue, situated just south of The Queensway, halfway between Kipling and Islington Avenues. Designed by Wallman Architects for Marlin Spring Developments in partnership with Greybrook Realty Partners, the latest submission proposes three mixed-use condominium towers, rising to 26, 34, and 43 storeys.
The three towers of 40 through 60 St Lawrence would range in height from 93.6m to 144.6m. The configuration is designed to transition down to a park to the west, minimizing shadows on it.
The project is set to deliver a total of 1,166 residential units, with a residential GFA of 72,072m² and 447m² of retail. With 11 elevators distributed throughout the towers, there would be approximately one elevator for every 106 units.
The design boasts 2,230m² and 2,112m² of indoor and outdoor amenities respectively. These outdoor spaces would be accessible from contiguous indoor amenity areas found at grade, on levels two through four, and the sixth floor.
With 485 parking spaces in total spanning three levels of underground garage, the design incorporates 422 resident spaces, 60 visitor spaces, and 3 car-share spaces. There would also be 888 bicycle parking spaces, comprising 796 long-term spaces and 92 short-term spaces.
Currently, this site houses the southernmost section of a one-story industrial structure, now serving as a storage warehouse for Sobeys. There is also a cartage yard to the south. To the immediate north, the remainder of the Sobeys warehouse is slated for redevelopment into a single-storey shopping plaza with a new Longo's grocery store and attendant shops.
Previously, Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendment applications submitted in October, 2014 envisioned two towers on the 40 - 60 St Lawrence site, of 22 and 27 storeys, seen below rising from a shared 4-storey base building. It proposed 558 dwelling units and approximately 43,876m² of residential Gross Floor Area (GFA), complemented by a linear public park of 1,110m² along the south lot line.
The site is about a 7-minute drive or bus ride to either Islington and Kipling stations along Bloor Line 2, while Queensway buses ply the street between Sherway Gardens to the west, and Keele station to the east. Furthermore, the neighbourhood enjoys convenient access to major transportation arteries, including the Gardiner Expressway and Highway 427.
The Queensway neighbourhood has a distinct character, shaped predominantly during the immediate post-war period. Its landscape is marked by a blend of detached dwellings with pockets of industrial and commercial spaces. Most of the existing housing stock was constructed before 1980, but the street is now marked by many new developments, several completed, several under construction, and many more in the planning stages.
To the south of the site, a multi-tower proposal for 2 St Lawrence envisions three towers reaching up to 20 storeys. To the east, Joya Condos is slated for 12 storeys. To the west, 10 Zorra Street anticipates 28 storeys, Thirty Six Zorra reaching 35 storeys, is all-but-complete, while IQ Condos Phase 3 plans for three towers, ascending to 42 storeys. These developments signify the neighbourhood's shift toward mid- and high-rises, fostering greater density and urban vitality.
To bring 40 through 60 St Lawrence to fruition, the project is being submitted in two phases. Phase One encompasses the two taller easterly towers, while Phase Two introduces the shorter westerly tower, positioned to front onto the public park west of the site.
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