Proposed 35-storey Flatiron building on Vaughan Road

Plans submitted to the City of Toronto in late August by Shannondale Developments feature a modern interpretation of a flat iron building, reimagining the classic architectural form in today’s urban context, such as a 35-story residential tower in the village of Oakwood reaching a height of 119.3 meters. Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA) applications have been submitted in support of the development. The applications focus on transit connectivity as a primary reason for the significant intensification the proposal would bring to the area with 483 proposed units and a gross floor area (GFA) of 27,355 m².

Street level view looking northwest towards the podium flat iron design at the diagonal corner of Vaughan Road and Northcliffe Boulevard, image from the City of Toronto submission

The JCI Studio design takes advantage of the site’s location one block southeast of the intersection of Dufferin and Eglinton, where the Fairbank station on the Eglinton Line 5 is expected to be open around this time. next year. At the corner of Vaughan Road and Northcliffe Boulevard, the design incorporates the unique diagonal aspect of Vaughan Road to create a flat iron shape at the southeast corner while maintaining a standard rectangular shape the rest of the way. The tower is located on a podium that rises 6 stories and will include 2 retail spaces at ground level with a ceiling height of 2 stories.

Aerial view showing the corner intersection of Vaughan Road and Northcliffe with a tower model, image from the City of Toronto submission

Units are available in a range of sizes from studios to 4 bedrooms, with floor space ranging from 358 sq. ft. at the smallest to 1,151 sq. ft. at the largest. With standard 2nd-6th floor and 8th-35th floor floor plans, a collection of units on the 1st and 7th floors deviate from the standard layouts. 6 living/working units are offered on the ground floor, taking advantage of the double height of the 1st floor to offer a unique suite on 2 floors. A similar approach appears on the 7th floor, where another 8 units feature loft spaces made possible by the double height of the amenity level.

The view facing northeast shows a 2-storey ground floor with retail, image from the City of Toronto submission

The proposal offers 980 m² of indoor amenity space and 1,076 m² of outdoor amenity, for a total of 2,056 m², or approximately 4.25 m² per unit. Architectural plans provide minimal detail for the programming of much of the interior amenity space, but show a stepped seating area that leads to an elevated ground floor space, designed to be at double height.

As for the outdoor amenity spaces, they are laid out extensively in the plans, beginning at ground level with a raised terrace that wraps around the north and east sides of the podium. With access from the ground floor interior amenity area on the east wall and a sloped entrance from Northcliffe Boulevard, residents will enjoy seating and green space as well as a pet-friendly area servants.

Aerial view facing southeast showing outdoor amenity space on an elevated deck, image from City of Toronto submission

Meanwhile, 6 stories up on the podium roof, another indoor and outdoor amenity space takes up most of the south end of the floor, with a spacious walkout terrace that wraps around the east and west sides of the building which are now open due to the setback of the tower. A rooftop terrace and indoor amenity area complete the package, providing another forum to gather and enjoy the outdoors.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh