King-Parliament Area Condo Proposal Reaches City Planners’ Offices


Another proposed King-Parliament area is being presented to Toronto planners by Lamb Development Corp, which has submitted an application to the City for the rezoning of 296 King Street East. This is offered over 34 floors on a 0.139 hectare property located on the northwest corner of Berkeley Street.

The site is an assemblage of three properties and includes a mix of one-, two- and three-storey buildings, primarily occupied by commercial uses and ground level parking. The proposed amendments would allow for the construction of a mixed-use residential building 34 storeys high. The building would contain approximately 23,710 m² of gross floor area, including 1,188 m² of commercial space on the ground floor, and 364 residential units in a mix of unit types, including 49 studios (32.4%) 139 one bedroom (38.2%) 64 T2 (17.6%) and 43 T3 (11.8%). All of this would translate to a density of about 17.1 FSI.

Location on site at 296 King Street E, image from City submission

Designed by Architects—Alliance, the building would include a 4-storey base building that incorporates the existing heritage building “Charles Coxwell Small House” into its design, overlooking King. Along Berkeley, the base element would have a contemporary design, standing 16 meters tall, and framed by horizontal and vertical brick “louvers” and openings that would divide the base element into fine-grained rectangular elements , providing visual interest and articulation. at street level.

Looking northwest towards the heritage component at the corner of King and Berkeley, image from the city submission

The ground floor of the building is proposed to include approximately 720 m² of retail space, with pedestrian access from the King and Berkeley sidewalks. To the north of the retail space would be the residential lobby and residential service uses, such as the mail, parcel and moving rooms.

The mezzanine would include 234 m² of additional commercial space in the heritage building at the King/Berkeley intersection, as well as approximately 185 m² of interior residential amenity space at the north end. Another retail space of 234 m² would be located on the highest level of the heritage building. The rest of levels 2 to 4 would, in the modern podium, consist of residential units.

The fifth level would provide a private outdoor amenity terrace of 93 m² for the residents of the building, which would be screened by the vertical and horizontal cladding elements. Level 5 would also consist of 443 m² of interior amenity space, contiguous to the exterior amenity space.

Levels 7 through 33 of the tower would include sloping projecting balconies on its east and west elevations, as well as an architectural cladding feature to provide visual interest. In addition to the sixth level, the tower element will consist solely of residential units.

Looking northwest to 296 King East, designed by architects – Alliance for Lamb Development Corp in Toronto

It is proposed that vehicle parking for the site be provided in a four-level underground garage, accessible via two car lifts on the north elevation of the building next to Pompadour Lane. The development would provide a total of 46 residential parking spaces. A total of 366 bicycle parking spaces are also planned, 329 for residents and 37 for visitors.

The site is served by streetcars on King Street as well as Queen Street a short walk north. Additionally, the site is located within a 50 meter radius of the planned Corktown station on the future Ontario Line, located one block south of the “site of the first Parliament” across Front Street.

Proximity to Corktown railway station and the site of the First Parliament, image from submission to the City

The “First Parliament Site” is currently occupied by a car dealership, car wash, car rental agency and municipal parking lot. The properties are designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and are the location of the first Parliament Buildings of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, which were constructed between 1797 and 1824. Later the site was redeveloped for a county district jail and the Consumer’s Gas Company. In 2012, the City of Toronto acquired the site of the first Parliament through a land transfer and, recognizing the historical significance of the site, began a master planning process to create a vision for the site and establish a series of principles on the how the site should be developed. Site plans change with the arrival of the Ontario Line station. We covered this site in more depth a short time ago.

You can learn more from our database file for the project, linked below. If you wish, you can join the conversation in the associated project forum thread or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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