The Toronto skyline may soon get a huge boost as plans are made for a pair of skyscraper apartment towers to replace the Courtyard Marriott Hotel at 475 Yonge Street, just north of Carlton.
The hotel’s 16- and 9-storey buildings would be completely demolished, with owners KingSett Capital replacing the hotel complex with towers rising to a staggering 78 and 75 floors above Yonge.
Designed by BDP Quadrangle, these are not your standard bland glass box, cookie-cutter condos that instead boast interesting shapes as a result of efforts to reduce shadows cast on Dr. Lillian McGregor Park to the northwest.
Wedding cake levels with tree lined terraces would give these massive additions a pretty clear skyline presence.
With towering heights of 255.25 and 239.85 meters, these would be the seventh and ninth tallest building in the city if completed today.
And, of course, the driving force behind these new behaviors is Toronto’s unquenchable thirst for condominiums. Many and many apartments.
This project would add a staggering 1,611 new condominiums to the area around an already filled College subway station.
Some may decline on this number, but there are also planned benefits for the area, such as. Addition of a new privately owned public space along Yonge Street between the two towers.
This 1,258.2-square-foot space would connect to a public park proposed behind the development.
This is not the first time KingSett has pushed to bring apartment towers to the site. In fact, the developer successfully obtained approval to build the 58- and 45-story towers on the site back in 2017. These heights would be considered too short for an area of massive vertical growth.
Rapid changes in the surrounding blocks led the project team to imagine their plan in what is being proposed today, primarily approvals of two buildings over 80 floors in the immediate vicinity.
The ambitious proposal is now in the hands of city staff, so sit well as this could be interesting.
BDP Quadrangle via City of Toronto