Queen and Coxwell plans expand

Toronto and East York Community Council is hosting a final public meeting next Tuesday to consider an application for a six-storey mixed-use building at Queen and Coxwell.

The proposal for the development has been in the city’s pipeline since early 2015, first surfacing as a six-storey building with around 60 units and several live/work spaces on the KFC lot at 1630 Queen Street East.  Since then, the developer Marlin Springs Investments (who is also the developer behind the Canvas condominiums on Danforth near Woodbine) has acquired the two lots to the west at 1624 and 1628 Queen – the Shop Task inline skate shop and the former Emerald Grill – and has expanded the project to include those lots.

Now, the proposal is for a six-storey development with 93 residential units, retail spaces at grade, and 56 underground parking spaces.

During a community consultation in June 2015, nearby residents expressed concerns about the height and density of the building, loss of privacy, increased traffic, ground water issues, and lack of commercial space.

An open house was held in June 2016, detailing changes the developer made since initial consultations and since purchasing the extra lots. Twenty people attended the meeting.

City staff are recommending the city approve the application, noting that the rezoning application “is generally consistent” within the Queen Street East building design guidelines, passed by council following the 2012 Queen East visioning study. The 1630 lot is used in materials as an example of a property ready for development.

Following the January 17 public meeting, community council will make a recommendation on the application to be forwarded to city council.

*This post has been updated to reflect that while the application generally falls within the Queen Street East building design guidelines it does not fall completely within them. There are three areas of non-compliance with the guidelines and area-specific zoning bylaw, according to the report: the ground  floor height, the overall building height, and the building setback from the curb of Queen Street East, although staff provide rationale as to why the project should be approved despite areas of non-compliance.


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