A pocket of Flemingdon Park could become home to hundreds of new residents in the not-too-distant future.
A new proposal submitted to the City of Toronto plans to significantly improve an underutilized tower site at 200 Gateway Boulevard with a massive new development and add transit-supported density to accommodate the growing population.
The development will sit steps away from the future Flemingdon Park Ontario Line Subway Station. The construction of the Ontario Line officially broke ground last March.
A proposal submitted by SvN Architects + Planners on behalf of developer Novi Properties outlines plans to introduce a 47-storey residential building with eight townhouse units connected to its podium, as well as a 12-storey residential building with 353.2 sq. m of accessory commercial uses at-grade and two townhouse blocks.
A total of 558 new residential units are proposed for the site.
The new development will feature 1,424 sq. m of indoor amenity space and 2,561 sq. m of outdoor amenity space. Notably, the site will boast a future public park, a basketball court, a fenced dog park, a playground, and several seating areas.
The public park is part of a Block Plan to holistically improve the public realm and public block pattern. The plan maintains several mature trees and is expected to improve pedestrian connections by removing existing barriers and introducing new animated and safe pathways.
Surely coming as a relief to its residents, the existing 17-storey apartment building at 200 Gateway will be retained and will benefit from several building improvements, like new indoor and outdoor amenity space. Additionally, four new apartments will be introduced at-grade.
The site’s existing apartment tower was built in the early 1960s and features 284 rental units, 65.5% of which can be considered affordable by the definition provided by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation for 2022. It features a one-storey parking garage, along with a surface parking lot.
While the timing of the completion of the shiny new Flemingdon Park subway station is anything but certain -- especially judging from the infamously delayed construction of the LRT -- one thing is guaranteed: this pocket of Flemingdon Park is going to look a lot different in the coming years.