Plaza Condo Proposal at 20 Maitland Morphs With the Market

Revisions have been made to a proposed development located a 20 through 26 Maitland Street, first submitted to the City of Toronto in October of 2019. Located just south of Wellesley Subway Station, the proposal for a 144.9 m tall tower is seeking an Official Plan Amendment, rezoning, and Site Plan Approval. The BDP Quadrangle-designed proposal from developer Plaza would see a mixed-use condominium rising to 45 storeys from a 3-storey podium, with ground-floor retail fronting Maitland Street, as well as 5 live-work units along the west side of the podium.

20 Maitland Street, BDP Quadrangle, City of TorontoAerial View of Current Site, BDP Quadrangle, City of Toronto

One change sees the Gross Floor Area (GFA) being reduced slightly from 36,010 to 35,932 , with residential space decreasing from 35,735 to 35,697 , and retail decreasing from 275 to 235 . Another change sees the number of units increasing from 527 to 596, due to a large increase in the number of studio units. The breakdown for the residential units is 333 studios (55.8%), 112 one-bedrooms (18.8%), 90 two-bedrooms (15%), and 61 three-bedrooms (10.4%). Of note, 148 of the studio units are designed with knockout panels so that two could be combined into a two-bedroom suite, allowing the developer to more easily respond should demand for two-bedroom units exceed the de facto 90 provided, potentially adding up to 74 more.

With the increase in the number of residential units, overall amenity space was also increased, now being 2,384 , which is made up of 1,366 of indoor amenity space and 1,018 of outdoor amenity space.

20 Maitland Street, BDP Quadrangle, City of TorontoLooking northwest to 20 Maitland, BDP Quadrangle, City of Toronto

Parking spaces have also been revised in the new proposal. With a 2-level underground garage, the new proposal decreases the vehicle parking available, with the original proposal seeking 126 parking spaces, and the new one proposing 114. Of the total, 89 are meant for residents, 21 for visitors, while 2 are commercial spaces and 2 are car share spaces. Bicycle parking sees an increase from the originally proposed 533 spaces to 602: 537 for residents, 60 for visitors, 1 for commercial long term, and 4 for commercial short term.

20 Maitland Street, BDP Quadrangle, City of TorontoPodium at 20 Maitland, BDP Quadrange, City of Toronto

The site was until recently home to a converted 3-storey Victorian house, then used as a lawyer’s office, and an additional 3-storey office building which was home to the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. As of June, 2020, both buildings were demolished, with the site now a vacant lot surrounded by a chain-link fence.  

20 Maitland Street, BDP Quadrangle, City of TorontoPrevious Buildings at 20-26 Maitland Street, City of Toronto

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