Trolleybus proposes 15 storey Toronto condo tower

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Trolleybus Urban Development Inc. is seeking a Zoning By-law Amendment for a 15 storey, 52.5 metre-tall condominium tower that steps down to eight storeys facing Gowan Avenue.

Urban Toronto reports that the redevelopment is proposed in the Broadview North neighbourhood in the East York area of Toronto on a number of properties from 5 through 19 Cosburn Ave. and 8 through 40 Gowan Ave. IBI Group is the proposal’s designer. The planned work includes a new public park and mid-block connection.

The project would result in the demolition of eight detached single family dwellings and four semi-detached buildings, 16 units in total. Adjacent properties to the west and south consist of low-rise detached and semi-detached dwellings. Across the street to the north are low-rise houses and apartment buildings. Adjacent to the east is a 22 storey Tower-in-the-Park style apartment tower.

The proposal would add to the growing history of lot consolidation and apartment redevelopment in the area which has been re-ignited recently, largely due to a proposed Ontario Line station to be built at Cosburn and Pape.

The 15-storey building would face Cosburn Avenue with its uppermost floors stepping down towards the south. An 8-storey podium building facing Gowan Avenue would begin to step back above the fourth floor, transitioning to the lower-scale neighbourhood to the south.

The Gowan building would include a 450 sq. m. rooftop amenity terrace with a 120 sq. ft. green roof, and a 65 sq. m. amenity area on the ninth floor.

Other features include a new pedestrian connection will be established along the western property line and a 456 sq. ft. public park in the northwest corner of the site facing Cosburn.

Plans include two ground floor residential lobbies, a 317-space bicycle storage room, and a two-level, 192-space, underground parking area.

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