Condominiums tend to crowd out a lot in Toronto. While the abundance of new towers has virtually wiped out areas like the club district, an unofficial car dealership district in Corktown and the Riverside neighborhoods has found a way to continue through fancy new housing developments with street-level dealers.
The latest combination of condo car dealerships proposed for the East Side seeks to replace a Volkswagen car dealership showroom and adjoining two-storey car park in the northeast corner of Adelaide Street East and Berkeley Street, replacing it with a new mixed-use development .
While Volkswagen appears to be on the way out, the AWIN Group of Dealerships’ plans for 550 Adelaide East were to integrate a dealership exhibition concept at the bottom of a new 29-storey Giannone Petricone Associates-designed tower with 240 condominium units.
The dealer is depicted in signage with representations of the luxury Italian car brands Maserati and Alfa Romeo, the two companies that share a ‘brand group’ under Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s wider umbrella.
It looks like the location would either replace or complement the existing Maserati / Alfa Romeo showroom at the bottom of a condominium at 88 Davenport and work with the nearby spare parts and service center at 90 Eastern Avenue.
Over 1,000 square meters of commercial space will be dedicated to this ‘lightweight’ dealer and service workshop model, which will offer car sales, limited repairs and service pick-up and drop-off.
However, the new space will mainly serve as a showroom and transit point for cars, where most customers’ vehicles will have to be shuttled to other locations for service and repairs after delivery.
The proposal includes 100 parking spaces across the ground floor and three underground levels, the lower two levels for residents and visitors and the upper two contain space for dealer parking and an area for detailing cars.
All of these cars would spill out from a garage ramp on Berkeley Street, but that would probably not make much of a difference to the traffic in the area, as it would replace a large multi-level garage serving the existing dealer.