Revisions were made to a 2019 redevelopment project of 385 The West Shopping Center, located just west of Highway 427 and south of Etobicoke Civic Center, near the western city limits of Toronto. Developer TAS request a rezoning to allow the project Designed by SvN mixed-use development of 14 and 28 story towers connected by a 6 story podium, consisting of retail and office space near grade and residences above.
To replace a 6-story office and retail complex between 1961 and 1964, the development was first submitted to the City in November 2019 with 14- and 30-story towers (image below). The two buildings were offered with a combined gross floor area (STB) of 51,619 m², made up of 3,131 m² of commercial premises and 48,488 m² of housing, represented by 665 condominium units in a mix of 360 a room, 194 two rooms, and 111 three rooms.
In August 2020, TAS submitted a revised application with the shorter tower reduced from 2 floors to 12, and the tallest tower increased from 2 to 32 (image below). Residential GFA decreased slightly to 48,402 m², while commercial GFA fell to 4,199 m². This revision saw a drop of 12 units to 653.
The proposal was revised again in a new submission to the City in February 2021 (image below). This version sees the 12-story north building return to 14 stories, but with more terraces now, while the south tower drops to 28 stories. These changes are in response to concerns from the City, particularly with regards to nearby Dennis Flynn Park and future sidewalks on the north side of the street along Civic Center Court. With the change in height, there is a further reduction in the total GFA t50 371 m², while residential space decreases again to 46,340 m² and commercial space moves slightly down to 4,030.50 m². There Is also a reduction in housing units from 653 to 641. The updated proposal has 385 one bedroom, 185 two bedrooms and 71 three bedrooms.
Maintained throughout revisions, the mid-rise buildings and podiums form a C-shape, which would frame the terraced exterior courtyard space with landscaping by Public Works, serving both building residents and residents. visitors to the commercial space. This courtyard and rooftop spaces will have space for events such as outdoor gatherings, gardening, an enclosed veranda, and trellis structures with climbing vines, etc. Also offered as part of the suites are glazed “winter garden” exterior spaces as opposed to conventional balconies for each accommodation, in addition to pet relief amenities.
The complex would have a 3-level underground garage with a total of 740 vehicle parking spaces, 11 of which are at ground level. Parking for 508 bicycles would be provided on the ground floor.
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Consulting engineers and scientists RWDI, SvN