A1 Developments offers Hickory Tree tower in Weston
A zoning by-law amendment application has been submitted to the City of Toronto for the construction of an architecturally distinctive 25-storey mixed-use condominium building in Weston. Led by A1 Development, the proposed building features a modified traditional tower form with radiating setbacks to the south side of the building facing the River Humber.
This section of Weston Road, designated an avenue for planning purposes by the City of Toronto, contains an evolving mix of commercial, apartment and residential uses. The site – consisting of 1736 and 1746 Weston Road on the corner with Wilby Crescent – is an irregularly shaped corner through lot with frontages facing roads on three sides. Across the street is an entrance to the Weston GO Station, its commuter parking lot, and the GO/UP Express/CN 80 rail corridor beyond.
The proposed development, dubbed the Hickory Tree Tower, represents an opportunity to intensify underutilized properties south of Weston Village – an area that today is made up of numerous tower slab apartment buildings dating from the 1970s and 1980s; a strip of small commercial buildings; and a series of recently approved tall buildings. To the south-east of the site are internal low-rise residential neighborhoods and the Humber river and ravine.
Designed by Dialog, the building would rise 25 stories from a 7-story podium that would rise to 2 stories along the southern property line. It would have a total GFA of 19,386 m² and a density of 10.5 FSI.
The tower’s floor plates transition into a series of multi-storey level setbacks generally from the southeast – from a chamfered rectangular shape that mirrors the shape of the subject property itself from the 8th to 13th floors, to approximately square floor plates from the 14th to the 13th floors. 18th floors, and to another group of rectangular plates which are chamfered in the opposite direction to those of the lower levels, from the 19th to the 23rd floor and from the 24th floor to the mechanical levels of the penthouse.
The portion of the tower and base building that faces Weston Road, as well as a portion that faces east up to the 13th floor is configured to read as a rectangular precast concrete grid frame. The southern portions of the tower and base building are configured as more curvilinear glazed forms with continuous projecting balconies.
On the ground floor, the double-height retail space is divided into two separate retail frontages along Weston Road. The Residential Lobby is tucked away on the quieter Wilby Crescent.
Dialog Landscape Architects have widened the sidewalk along Wilby, enhancing the public realm with tree plantings and decorative paving to create “an embellished gateway to the Humber River Recreational Path”.
The building is proposed to house 253 units in a mix of 5 studios (2%), 135 one-bedroom (54%), 85 two-bedroom (33%) and 28 three-bedroom (11%).
Residents would have access to 1,025 m² of amenity space spread throughout. Interior Amenity Rooms are located on the ground floor, between floors 3-7 and on the 14th floor (pictured above). An equal amount of outdoor amenity space is located on the third floor, atop the 2-story podium, and 307 m² on the 13th floor roof.
Four levels of underground parking would accommodate 107 vehicles (87 residents, 16 visitors, 4 businesses) and 84 spaces for bicycles. More than 100 additional bicycle spaces on levels 1 and 2.
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