Preston Apartments, the owners of a 1967 tower-in-the-park apartment building at 25 St Dennis Drive in Toronto’s Flemingdon Park neighbourhood, recognized an opportunity for significant infill development on their property. There is an underserved market of families requiring adequately sized, mid-market rental apartments in the neighbourhood. SvN worked with Preston to develop a response that meets the significant challenges of providing rental housing in Flemingdon Park, from providing an appropriate unit mix that serves diverse families, to the design of an economical but durable, high quality architectural response.
The infill development proposes 646 units of purpose-built family-oriented rental housing in two parts: a 42 storey tower with accompanying 8 and 12 storey wings and a 6 storey building comprised of stacked townhouses. The unit mix is composed of nearly 50% large suites: 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms, and townhomes. The tower floor plate is configured such that smaller studio units can be easily combined in the future. The proposal occupies underutilized portions of the site to the north and south of the existing building. The massing strategy creates height transitions from nearby buildings while providing an animated and coherent street frontage at the public roads on the two sides of the site. Vital to the ground floor activation of the area are complementary uses, including a daycare and commercial spaces for family supportive practices such as medical and dental offices. The provision of a new, high-quality pedestrian route through the site creates connections to public transit and key commercial areas. Outdoor amenity and play spaces along these connections enhance safety and comfort.
Overseeing the project from the earliest planning approvals through to detailed architectural design, 25 St Dennis demonstrates the capacity of our multi-disciplinary firm to provide thoughtful and comprehensive solutions to the complex urban challenges facing Toronto’s changing neighbourhoods.