The Victory Soya Mills Silo Site Master Plan is a comprehensive development plan for three mixed-use blocks (commercial, retail, and residential uses) in the Keating Channel Precinct Plan’s west quarter. The master plan includes approximately 1 million square feet of developable gross floor area, of which approximately 90% would be residential uses. As part of a negotiated settlement with the City of Toronto, a full 12% of the residential area will be dedicated for affordable rental housing.
SvN was retained to prepare a development master plan for the purposes of negotiating a settlement for the amendment of an area specific zoning by-law proposed for the sites; and to form the basis for a multi-phased development that will anchor the eastern end of Toronto’s Waterfront. The three blocks include a significant Heritage Designated Structure – the Victory Soya Mills Silo, built circa 1920 – as well as a substantial portion of the future Waterfront Promenade. SvN’s services included architectural design for all structures on the site, coordinating a response to the adaptive re-use of the heritage structures, preparing a planning and urban design rationale for the City, and participating in all pre-OMB and OMB settlement proceedings.
Castlepoint Numa and Standard Life’s shared objective was to create a vibrant waterfront community inclusive of high quality rental housing, affordable housing, retail spaces, commercial office space as well as quality private open spaces and connections to future public spaces. SvN’s approach included looking at deployment of the density across the site to assure the proposed built-form met our clients’ efficiency and marketability objectives while surpassing Waterfront Toronto’s expectations for the buildings to contribute to the Waterfront’s character as a ‘spectacular space’.
SvN’s design ensures access to daylight in all residential units, creates more direct waterfront views, and includes thoughtful integration with grade level open spaces to produce a high quality retail environment. SvN’s multi-tower scheme also introduces a sculptural building along the waterfront, rearranging density in the central block to allow for the tallest tower along the eastern waterfront.
The master plan formed the basis for a settlement between all parties that is in the final phases of negotiation. SvN’s understanding of both public objectives (Waterfront Toronto and City of Toronto) objectives as delivered through the Precinct Plan and Secondary Plan, and their integration of these objectives into the ‘client objective’ driven solution, is a critical part of the master plan’s success.