Oxford Properties awaiting approval for three-tower Scarborough rental complex

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Oxford Properties Group, which owns Scarborough Town Centre, is awaiting approval from the City of Toronto for a three-tower rental apartment complex next door to the west at 25 Borough Dr.. The three towers would reach 32, 41 and 50 storeys.

Urban Toronto says the development, designed by BDP Quadrangle, would include seven storey podiums, retail and townhome units at grade and 1,342 rental units. The overall GFA (gross floor area) will be 110,599 sq. m., including 1,508 sq. m. of at-grade retail space, and two levels of below-grade parking with 748 spaces.

The developers originally submitted Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications in 2019. They were resubmitted in July 2020 after discussions with city staff regarding the design on Borough Drive about streetscape configuration and cycling infrastructure, including a Right-of-Way Study with new grading and landscaping details, DataBid reports.

The Daily Hive says there will be more than 5,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor amenities for the buildings’ residents, including the seventh floor which has been set aside as an amenity floor.

Although the development would be much larger than surrounding buildings, the developers plan to use a seven-storey podium at the towers’ base to help to integrate them into the area.

“The project’s planning rationale is that the podium will be articulated through massing and materials to reduce the perceived scale of the base,” DataBid says. “A slight recess in the lower two floors helps to better define a pedestrian scale and create more generous streetscapes.”

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