60 floors and a park proposed for the entertainment district venues
A partnership between CentreCourt and CreateTO – the City of Toronto agency that develops and manages the city’s real estate assets – could bring a new tower to the entertainment district, overlooking a future public park to the north at 229 Richmond Street West. The 60-story development at 260 Adelaide Street West would bring more than 800 residential units.
The 2,754 m² site is located mid-block on the north side of Adelaide Street West between Duncan and John Streets. It currently houses Toronto Fire Station 322 and two low-rise commercial and catering buildings, including the Rocking Horse. In May and October 2021, CreateTO’s board and town council guidelines approved the relocation of the fire hall two blocks south of Metro Hall and the plan to redevelop 260 Adelaide which would include housing units. affordable, grade-related retail, a new paramedic station, and community space.
The King-Spadina East Precinct neighborhood has seen an explosive number of recent developments, approvals and proposals, mostly high-rise buildings (40, up to 84 stories). This “underutilized” property is flanked to the west by late 19th century townhouses (designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act) and to the east by others. Low rise buildings occupied by restaurants and bars, including 244 Adelaide Street West, which is listed on the city’s heritage register. Immediately to the north is one of the few undeveloped plots in the city center, a surface parking lot currently used as an outdoor patio. It is slated to be redeveloped into a public park by the City of Toronto through Create TO, a small piece of the puzzle of adding green space to the deficient area of the park. Below is a shadow study image, part of a complete series, this one indicating the shadow that would be cast by the proposal just after noon at the summer solstice.
Replacing the existing buildings on the site, the 60-story, 199.3-meter-high building is designed by Sweeny & Co Architects. As illustrated in the axonometric drawings below, its podium is shaped to form a volume with various articulations and setbacks to respond to the surrounding context and create public spaces and passageways characteristic of the King-Spadina neighborhood. The proposed building has a total gross floor area of 54,316 m² (52,406 m² residential), resulting in an overall density of 19.65 FSI.
Along Adelaide Street, the base treatment draws inspiration from the existing warehouse buildings on the south side of the street. For example, as described in GBCA Architects ‘Heritage Impact Study, the proposal is marked’ by similar façade compositions, design and organization, but articulated in a contemporary way, without imitation or replication (instead thick vertical pilasters and spandrels, the proposed basic massing features thin vertical and horizontal elements, with additional divisions in the window fenestration pattern, similar to the existing windows in the Purman building.
The main elevation of the development is set back from the south lot line to provide a 6.5 meter wide sidewalk and enhanced opportunities for public domain improvement along Adelaide. This setback is maintained over the entire height with setbacks on the upper floors to define the mass as it rises in height.
On the ground floor, the residential lobby, located in the middle, is flanked by commercial spaces, which, in addition to space at the northwest corner of the site along Nelson Street, collectively total 748 m². In addition, there is a 142m² community space and a 233m² paramedic, both accessible from Nelson Street. A double-height passage runs from the west side of the Adelaide site to Nelson. It creates a new connection in the middle of the block and serves as a link between the planned public park and the expanded public realm along John Street.
Floor 2 includes an additional 787 m² of community space and 682 m² of combined indoor and outdoor residential amenity space. The accommodation units start at level 3 – interrupted by floor 9 which includes the remaining contiguous interior and exterior amenity spaces – and rise up to floor 60. The tower, located in the middle of the site, is oriented north-south, with a floor plate of 800m² GCA. According to the planning rationale, this does not affect “the existing viewpoints along John Street and Duncan Street”.
The 848 units are offered in a mix of 52 studios (6%), 582 one bedroom (69%), 127 two bedrooms (15%) and 87 three bedrooms (10%). Adaptable design measures would be used to convert up to 15% of the smaller units to two or three bedroom units. The proposal includes up to 30 percent of all residential units as affordable units.
The building would be equipped with 97 parking spaces for vehicles in a 2-level underground garage, accessible via a ramp from the east public road (existing), which would also serve the loading area. In addition, there would be 945 bicycle parking spaces, including 763 spaces for residents, 176 for visitors and 6 for businesses.
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