Tenblock proposes 29 storey rental/condo Toronto tower to replace modernist 1959 apartments


Ontario Construction News staff writer

Developer Tenblock has filed for zoning and site plan approvals for 29 storey rental and condo tower where Annex meets the University of Toronto.

The planned tower at 145 St. George St. near the St. George Subway station would replace a 1959 modernist apartment building.

Urban Toronto reports that the Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Approval applications seek to replace the 130 rental 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, DataBid.com reports. 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 sq. m. floor plate) will rise without a base on the west and the south’
  • total gross floor area of 23,076 sq. m.;
  • Floor Space Index of 10.1 times the area of the lot;
  • 10 m. setback along St. George creating 317 sq. m. POPS (privately owned publicly-accessible space) wrapping the site’s southwest corner;
  • outdoor amenities include hardscaping, plantings, seating, and public art;
  • green space along both frontages; and
  • 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 including 72 studios, 196 one-bedrooms, 50 two-bedrooms and 23 three-bedrooms.

The proposed tower would also have 685 sq. m. of indoor amenity space and 513 sq. m. of outdoor amenities. 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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