29 Storey Rental Tower Planned for Toronto

29 storey rental tower planned for toronto

A 29 storey rental and condo tower will be replacing a 1959 modernist apartment building where the Annex meets the University of Toronto. The location for the tower is at 145 St. George Street near the St. George Subway Station.

Urban Toronto reports that Tenblock has filed a Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Approval applications to permit the new tower and replace the 130 rental units in the existing building while adding an additional 211 residential condo units.

The site is a half acre in area and is currently home to a 12-storey purpose-built rental apartment building with parking below. The site also has 34.7 m of frontage on St. George and 65.5 m along Prince Arthur.

Architects - Alliance have designed the building in a modernist tradition of the 1960's apartment towers found throughout the area. The towers have clean lines and rectangular, repetitive floor plates and protecting balconies. 

The proposed building is tall and rectangular with rounded corners adding visual interest and will also include the following:


 - 7-storey base element that wraps the tower to the north and the east

 - The Tower (750 m2 floor plate) will rise without a base on the west and the south

 - Total gross floor area of 23,076 m2

 - Floor Space Index of 10.1 times the area of the lot

 - 10m setback along St. George creating 317 m2 POPS (privately owned publicly-accessible space) wrapping the southwest corner of the site

 - Outdoor amenities include hardscaping, plantings, seating, and public art

 - Green space along both frontages

 - Five residential dwelling units fronting Prince Arthur Avenue are lined with small garden terraces


There is also a windowed lobby wall of 6.5 metre-high panes providing enhanced visibility from and into the residential lobby. 

The project also includes 341 residential units, including the 130 replacement rental dwelling units. The breakdown includes:


 - 72 studios (21%)

 - 196 one-bedrooms (57%)

 - 50 two-bedrooms (15%)

 - 23 three-bedrooms (7%)


There is 685 m2 of indoor amenity space and 513 m2 of outdoor amenity space. Half of the eighth floor is dedicated to indoor amenity space and opens to a large outdoor terrace.

Two levels of below grade parking will accommodate 94 cars and 345 bicycles.


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Posted by Judy Lamelza

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