Current Status Sep 29, 2020
A Preliminary Staff Report was published
om Sep 21, 2020 by the Planning Department.
A motion will be presented at the Oct 7, 2020 meeting
of the North York Community Council
for approval to arrange a Community Consultation meeting,
possibly in November or December, 2020.
In 2011, this site at the NW corner of Yonge Street and York Mills, was approved by City Council to permit a 7-storey, 32.9 metre high commercial building. But the official by-law amendments were never approved as the applicant did not enter into a Section 37 agreement and in addition, property ownership changed and the proposal was modified which required further review by the City and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).
The revisions to the proposal included the introduction of a hotel in a 9-storey, 33.5 metre high portion of the building as well as the addition of a 4th level of below grade parking. The previously approved total gross floor area of 44,670 square metres remained unchanged as did the foot-print and general height of the building. Proposed floor space index was 5.4 times the lot area. This was approved in Nov, 2016, permitting a density of 2 times the lot area for the subject property and a maximum building height, inclusive of superstructures, pipes and chimneys, of 163 metres above sea level, provided the building height does not obstruct sight lines across the Don Valley, from top-of-bank to top-of-bank for the property at the SE corner of Yonge St and York Mills.
In Jan, 2020, a new application was submitted to Planning. This called for a 21-storey building (east building), comprised of non-residential uses including office, retail, restaurant and hotel and a 35-storey, 290 unit residential building (west building) at 4050 Yonge St. A 6-storey base building would connect the two towers. The development would provide direct access to the existing York Mills TTC subway station. The land containing the subway access building and tunnel are not owned by the applicant but belong to the City of Toronto.
The proposed development would contain a total of 67,826 square metres of gross floor area. With a gross site area of 12,986 square metres the proposed development would result in a net Floor Space Index of 8.15 times the lot area and a gross Floor Space Index of 5.22 times the lot area. Lands below the stable top of bank would be dedicated to a public authority.
The proposed east building would be 21 storeys (80.5 metres, including mezzanine and mechanical penthouse) in height, and would be comprised of non-residential uses as follows: 4,626 square metres of office, 1,536 square metres of retail and restaurant use and 26.424 square metres of hotel use (approximately 312 hotel suites). The proposed hotel would contain suites comprised of: 139 king rooms (45%), 123 double-queen rooms (39%) and 50 king suites (16%). The base of this building would provide access to the existing York Mills subway station.
The proposal building at the west end would be 35 storeys (131.0 metres, including a ground floor mezzanine and mechanical penthouse) in height. A total of 290 residential units are proposed, comprised of: 69 1-bedroom (24%), 120 2-bedroom (41%) and 101 3-bedroom (35%) units. The applicant is proposed that 10% of the units be affordable housing units.
The residential tower floor plate would be approximately 800 square metres and the hotel tower plate would be 964 square metres. These floor plate sizes are larger than the City of Toronto standard of 750 square metres.
Vehicular access to the site would be provided via a single driveway which is located centrally along the Wilson Avenue frontage.
A total of 766 below-grade parking spaces would be provided in a 5-level structure with 257 spaces being for residential use and 509 spaces for the hotel and other commercial uses.
A total of 304 bicycle parking spaces are proposed: 198 long-term residential spaces; 20 short-term residential spaces; 10 long-term spaces for other uses and a further 22 short term spaces for other uses.
Four loading spaces are proposed including one Type ‘G’ loading space (for non-residential loading), one Type ‘B’ loading space (for residential loading) and two Type ‘C’ which would be located at grade within the building envelope accessed from the vehicular forecourt.
A total of 580 square metres of indoor amenity space (2 square metres per residential unit) and 580 square metres of outdoor amenity space (2 square metres per residential unit) would be provided. The indoor amenity space would be located on Level 1 and Level 7 (390 square metres and 190 square metres, respectively). The outdoor amenity would be located abutting the Level 1 indoor amenity space (580 square metres).
Detailed project information can be found on the City’s Application Information Centre at: http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do
Current Status Aug, 2018
Construction has not yet commenced at this site as of Aug, 2018. The Old Orchard Park playground improvements were completed in 2018.
Update Oct 17, 2016
Councillor Carmichael Greb put an urgent Motion forward at City Council on Oct 5, 2016 to approve the Final Staff Report from Planning on zoning amendments and Section allocations; this was Carried. We expect that the Building Permit will be issued shortly. $300,000 is to be paid prior to Dec 1, 2016 – it appears that the City wanted to secure Section 37 funding for needed community improvements and to take advantage of the opportunity to improve existing infrastructure to this site.
The documents specify the overall amount of the Section 37 funds to be paid ($1,500,000) with a list of 5 allocations:
- Upgrades to the existing transit passenger pick-up and drop-off parking area along Old York Mills Road
- Path and trail improvements/connections within the West Don River Valley area adjacent to the site, York Mills Park and York Mills Valley Park
- Improvements to Woburn Park
- Improvements to the Douglas Greenbelt
- Improvements to Old Orchard Park (replaced Brookdale Park which has recently been improved)
An earlier allocation to ‘Establishment of a Village Square on Dunblaine Avenue’ has been removed as Transportation Services does not agree with this proposed change.