More changes are coming to Marlee Ave! An application has been submitted by KFA Architects and Planners on behalf of 809726 Ontario Ltd to build a 9 storey, residential condo on the corner of Marlee and Glencairn.
Where Will the Condo be Built?
The lot is located on the North East corner of Marlee and Glencairn. The application was submitted to re-develop the addresses known as 529, 537, 539, 541 and 543 Marlee Avenue as well as 811 and 813 Glencairn Ave. For application purposes, the building is referred to 819 Glencarin Ave – but that name may change as the approval process progresses.
What is Currently on Site?
The lot is occupied by a three strorey mixed use building with commercial uses at grade and walk-up apartments above.
Sidenote: we know this corner very well, as we’ve had many dinners at Li Cheng’s!
How Many Units Will be Built?
The current application calls for 84 residential units with retail at grade. The retail space can be divided into a variety of options, from 1 large unit to 6 smaller ones.
What Type of Layouts Will 819 Glencarin Ave Have?
The current proposal is calling for:
28 one bedroom units
24 one bedroom and den units
28 two bedroom units
2 two bedroom and den units
2 three bedroom units
What Will The Project Look Like?
What Amenities Will the Building Have?
Plans are calling for a gym and party room along with a shared outdoor balcony.
Will the Condo have Parking?
Three levels of underground parking will be included in the design, along with 79 parking space with two spaces for commercial use and eight for visitors. They will also have bicycle parking off of the main level.
When Will 819 Glencairn Ave Be Built?
Plans were submitted to the city in September 2017 and the first community consultation meeting was in January 2018. There was a lot of community push back and a many changes suggested to the overall project. As more info is known, we’ll update the blog!
Our Thoughts on the Project
Marlee Ave is ripe for development – it has the vibe, feel and potential to become “The Ossington” of midtown! This application is the second of the year for the strip (first being a series of stacked townhomes at Wenderly Ave), and atleast to us, a welcomed addition to the area.
In January 2018, we attended the community consultation and unfortunately many in the room didn’t share the same enthusiasm for the project as we did! There was a small handful of the usuals who flat out wanted no changes whatsoever. BUT there was also a larger group that were open to redevelopment, so long the height was brought down.
Personally, we think 9 storeys is perfect for the area! A short walk south on Marlee is where you’ll find several condos, built in the 70’s, with heights of over 20 storeys tall. We also like the use of red brick for the exterior, helps set it apart from yet another boring glass building.
From the sounds of it, it looks like the architects will be going back to the drawing board to makes changes to the proposal. Be sure to check back as we’ll be providing updates as more is known!