52-storey condo tower proposed for Grenville St. parking lot site near Yonge & College Streets

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9 Grenville Street site for proposed condo tower

A northwest view of the proposed condo tower site at 9 – 21 Grenville Street on March 12 2011. Toronto police headquarters is the blue-domed building at left. In the middle background is the 35-storey Murano north condo tower.

 

9 Grenville Street proposed condo tower site

The condo development site viewed from Grenville Street, looking southeast, on March 12 2011.  At left is the 2 Carlton Street office building; in the middle background are The Met condo towers on Carlton Street.

 

9 Grenville Street proposed condo tower site

Grenville Street view of the development site, looking south on January 10 2011. The College Park office, condo and retail complex is just half a block to the south.

 

Intersection of Yonge Street and College Street Toronto

The proposed 52-storey condo building would tower above the northwest corner of Yonge and College Streets, seen here March 12 2011. The beige building at the left is The Gallery, a 27-storey apartment highrise at 25 Grenville Street.

 

Will Grenville Street grow up? What is now a side street parking lot near police headquarters could become the second-highest building in the Yonge & College area if Lifetime Developments gets City approval for its latest condo tower development proposal.

Lifetime wants to construct a 52-storey condo on the south side of Grenville Street, just a stone’s throw west of Yonge Street. The development is planned for properties at 9 – 21 Grenville Street, currently occupied by a parking lot and a three-storey brick heritage house.

Lifetime’s tower would rise 167 meters to the top of its penthouse-level mechanical facility, and would have 438 residential units in bachelor, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom configurations. Part of the heritage building would be incorporated into the condo complex and would hold 120 square meters of retail space. There would be five levels of underground parking for vehicles and bicycles.

The condo would rise in a prime downtown location less than a block from the Carlton streetcar route and the College station on the Yonge subway line. At 167 meters, it would become the neighbourhood’s second-tallest tower (the 75-storey Aura condo, currently under construction just one block to the south at College Park, will stand 264 meters).

9 Grenville’s height, which is more than 3.5 times as tall as city zoning presently allows for the area, is just one element of the proposal with which municipal planning officials and neighbourhood groups take issue. A background file prepared for the Toronto and East York Community Council lists 15 different concerns with the proposal, including height, density, parking, heritage and traffic impacts, mix of unit sizes and the building’s relation to the streetscape.

Meanwhile, the neighbourhood’s Bay Cloverhill Community Association identified numerous practical issues that it planned to raise at a community consultation meeting last month.

Below are building elevation and site plan drawings that had been submitted to the City planning department, along with recent photos I’ve taken of the proposed tower site and surrounding area.

 

9 Grenville Street condo development proposal

Condo tower development proposal sign posted at 9 Grenville Street

 

9 Grenville Street condo tower development proposal

North and east elevation drawings for the proposed condo tower

 

9 Grenville Street condo tower development proposal

Site plan drawing for proposed 9 Grenville Street condo tower

 

9 Grenville Street condo tower development site

Grenville Street view of the proposed tower site on November 15 2010

 

9 Grenville Street condo tower development site

Grenville Street southeast view of the site on November 15 2010

 

9 Grenville Street condo tower development site

The eastern half of the site, seen here on January 10 2011. The historic College Park building is visible on College Street just half a block south.

 

9 Grenville Street condo tower development site

A January 10 2011 view of the heritage building at 21 Grenville St.

 

The heritage house at 21 Grenville Street

The designated heritage building at 21 Grenville Street,  the John Irwin House, was built in 1873. The front half would be kept as part of the condo complex.

 

9 - 21 Grenville Street condo tower development site

The development site viewed from the north side of Grenville St.

 

9 Grenville Street condo tower development site

The parking lot where the tower would rise, seen here on January 10 2011

 

Wood Street view west toward Yonge Street

Wood Street westerly view toward the proposed condo site on March 12 2011. The 52-storey tower would rise directly in front of the beige apartment building, which has no windows on either its east or left walls.

 

Yonge Street view west down Grenville Street

Yonge Street view down Grenville Street on March 12 2011. From left are an office tower at College Park, a two-storey office building with an RBC bank branch, The Gallery apartment building, the 45-storey Murano South condo tower, the 16- storey Peregrine Co-Op apartments, and the 21-storey George Drew Building (the Ontario Coroner’s headquarters on Grosvenor Street).

 

Yonge Street view west toward Grenville Street

Another view from Yonge Street toward the proposed development site

 

Grenville Street looking west from Yonge Street

Looking west from the corner of Yonge and Grenville Streets

 

9 Grenville Street condo tower development site

The 9 Grenville site viewed from the corner of Grenville Street and St Luke Laneway on March 12 2011

 

9 Grenville Street condo tower development site

St Luke Laneway view of the proposed condo tower site, looking northwest

 

9 Grenville Street condo tower development site

St Luke Laneway view of the site, looking to the west

 

21 Grenville Street heritage building

The three-storey half of the heritage building would be incorporated into the condo development, but the rear half would be demolished.

 

9 Grenville Street condo tower development site

Northeast view from the back corner of the parking lot at 9 Grenville.

 

The Peregrine Co-Op apartment building

The Peregrine Co-Op apartment building on the north side of Grenville St.

 

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