From approximately Victoria Park Avenue to Brimley Road in Scarborough, the Sheppard Avenue East corridor is characterized by mixed-use and apartment districts with low- to mid-rise retail and residential neighborhoods now shifting toward high-rise buildings. One such case of intensification is proposed at 4151 Sheppard Avenue East, a short walk from the Agincourt GO station. Applications have been filed here at the southeast corner of Lamont Avenue to amend the official plan and zoning bylaws for a 46-story high-rise.
Looking southeast at 4151 Sheppard East, designed by Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. for REACH Developments and Ripple Developments
The proposal, designed by Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. for REACH Developments and Ripple Developments, calls for the demolition of the existing buildings on site. The property consists of three lots totaling approximately 3,793 m² and currently consists of two two-story retail/commercial buildings and a single two-story single-family home.
Looking southeast at 4151 Sheppard Avenue East, image from Google Maps
The planned building offers a total of 732 residential units, of which 489 or around 67% are planned as one-room apartments. With six elevators assigned to the site, the development would average one elevator for every 122 units. The residential gross floor area (GFA) is expected to be 43,946 m², while the non-residential GFA adds a further 521 m². This corresponds to a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 11.72, reflecting the ambitious scope of the project.
Looking northeast at 4151 Sheppard East, designed by Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. for REACH Developments and Ripple Developments
Residents have 1,227 m² of indoor space and 951 m² of outdoor space at their disposal. The design calls for a 9-story U-shaped podium with amenities on the ground, second and 7th floors, as well as additional amenities at the roof level.
Site map, image from submission to the City of Toronto
The project is located just 250 feet from the newly constructed eastern sidewalk access to the Agincourt GO Station platform, while TTC buses serve Sheppard Avenue directly in front of the building. Its proximity to major transport services places it in an important transit station area. It’s also worth noting that Metrolinx is currently conducting a study looking at expanding rapid transit along Sheppard Avenue East, which could extend the Sheppard Line 4 to the Agincourt GO station and beyond to McCowan Road to reach the new end of the Danforth Line 2. which is currently under construction.
The project provides for 232 parking spaces for vehicles spread over three levels of underground parking, with 194 resident and 38 visitor parking spaces. Additionally, the draft takes into account the number of bicycle parking spaces required by the city per unit in this area, in this case 495 long-term and 55 short-term spaces.
Surrounding developments, image from submission to the City of Toronto
The development at 4151 Sheppard Avenue East is part of a larger narrative of growth and development in the Agincourt area. Several other development proposals are underway nearby, including three buildings ranging from 12 to 39 stories directly next door to the east at 4181 Sheppard Avenue East, while about a kilometer to the west, the Agincourt Mall Redevelopment envisions a 26-acre, 12-story master-planned community with a maximum height of 43 floors. Several other suggestions can be found within a kilometer radius.
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Sweeny & Co Architects Inc.