Proposals to intensify Midtown Toronto continue, spurred on by the expanded transit service coming to the are with the upcoming Eglinton Line 5 Crosstown LRT. 54 Brownlow Avenue, a newly proposed 59-storey tower designed by Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. for The Benvenuto Group, would stand just a short walk from the upcoming Mount Pleasant station.

Looking east to 54 Brownlow Avenue, designed by Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. for The Benvenuto Group

The site, comprising nine parcels with addresses from 54 to 70 Brownlow Avenue, currently accommodates nine owner-occupied, three-storey townhouses. Spanning approximately 2,091m², the rectangular plot is on the west side of Brownlow Avenue, south of Eglinton Avenue East and north of Soudan Avenue. Situated within the boundaries of the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan area, the neighbourhood’s mix of residential forms includes mid-rise walk-up apartments from the mid-20th century and high-rise slab-style apartment towers, alongside newer infill and high-density developments.

Looking southwest to the current site, image retrieved from Google Maps

The Zoning By-law Amendment application proposes a 59-storey tower rising to a height of 200.9m, atop a 5-storey base building. There would be 771 residential units, with a Gross Floor Area (GFA) of approximately 48,952m², resulting in a Floor Space Index of 23.4 across the site. The street realm along Brownlow would feature a double tree-lined walkway complemented by landscape improvements and sitting areas. The podium, measuring 24.3m in height, would stretch along the entire frontage along Brownlow Avenue, housing the residential lobby and amenities at ground level.

Looking southwest to the podium, designed by Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. for The Benvenuto Group

Amenities would be distributed between 2,053m² indoors and 1,049m² outdoors. The areas would be located on the first two floors, along with a sixth floor exclusively dedicated to amenities acting as a separation between the base and tower. Six elevators are planned, equating to roughly one elevator per 129 units, which could lead to longer than preferable wait times for residents.

Ground floor plan, designed by Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. for The Benvenuto Group

Parking is addressed with a three-level underground garage, providing 97 resident spaces and 10 spaces dedicated to visitors and retail use. The development would also provide 850 bicycle parking spaces, including 694 long-term and 156 short-term slots.

With the advent of the Eglinton Line 5 Crosstown LRT, Mount Pleasant station is situated just 140m northeast of the site, with the line connecting to Yonge Line 1 just one stop to the west. That station, Eglinton, is also within walking distance, approximately 700m away. For cyclists, Broadway Avenue to the north offers a signed east-west route, connecting to broader cycling routes such as the Kay Gardiner Beltline trail.

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

Immediately east of the site across the road at 61 Brownlow Avenue, 55 and 59 storeys are proposed in sibling towers, while developments a little further east at 733 and 750 Mount Pleasant Road are planned to rise to 27 and 35 storeys respectively, while. To the south, the proposed Briton House Expansion and 8 Brownlow Avenue are each targeting 21 storeys, the same as The Whitney on Redpath which was completed last year. Northward, proposals include 808 Mount Pleasant Road at 35 storeys, 170 Roehampton Avenue at 50 storeys, and 191 Eglinton Avenue East at 52 storeys. Closer to the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue intersection, a cluster of high-rise proposals includes the 50-storey 55 Eglinton Avenue East and 58-storey 141 Roehampton Avenue, while 110 and 150 Eglinton Avenue East are slated for dual towers of 58 and 61-storeys respectively. The apex of these developments include 1 Eglinton Avenue East, planned at 65 storeys, alongside a five-tower development at 2180 Yonge Street, set to span 45 to 65 storeys.

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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