A non-profit company wants to build a condominium tower behind three existing Danforth Road rental highrises in a deal — it says — will benefit highrise tenants and the surrounding area.
Options for Homes took a zoning amendment application to Scarborough Community Council this month, asking for land to be severed at the rear of 1340, 1350 and 1360 Danforth Rd., identical buildings north of Eglinton Avenue.
The company would build an 18-storey, 277-unit condominium tower at the property’s western edge, beside Knob Hill Park, and create a private drive and walkway to Danforth Road.
The existing 15-storey highrises will remain, but a total of 14 new rental units would be created on their ground floors as part of the proposal.
A convenience store, unused pool and change rooms and a place of worship would be converted to apartments under the plan, but a party room and a gym for residents of the rental buildings would also be created.
Added tenants on the ground floors “will increase security on site,” Jessica Speziale, the company’s marketing coordinator, said in a message last week.
Options for Homes sells its condo units at cost, and Speziale said “our intent is to add cost-effective ownership buildings into several apartment neighbourhoods thus adding the positive energy of homeowners to these areas.”
The company said all condo units in its Danforth Road tower will be classified as affordable housing and almost half will have two bedrooms.
Promised benefits from intensifying the 9.5-acre site, according to a report by City of Toronto planning staff, include “landscaping, walkways, on-site lighting, fenced garbage enclosures and a new children’s play area to the north of the 1350 Danforth Road building that would be accessible to existing and new residents.”
This week, Glenn De Baeremaeker, the local councillor said he would host a community meeting on the proposal, probably in January or February, before it returns to Scarborough councillors for possible approval.
“My response is so far, so good,” he said of the application, adding home ownership in the midst of rental housing could help the area.
De Baeremaeker also said he is hoping playground improvements for Knob Hill Park or other community benefits can be arranged through the Options for Homes proposal.