Mixed-use 39-storey tower likely coming to Toronto’s Deer Park cemetery

Last month, an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment application was submitted to city planners regarding constructing a 39-story mixed-use tower at 1406-1428 Yonge Street in Toronto. 

What’s unique about the high-rise project is that if it’s approved, the building will back on to St. Michaels cemetery, the oldest Catholic cemetery in the city. It was first built in 1855, houses 29,00 graves and is part of Ontario’s Heritage Act. 

The proposal outlines a 39-storey mixed-use tower that features a four-storey podium and ground-floor retail space.

The actual building features 406 residential units, including 184 one-bedroom, 182 two-bedroom and 40 three-bedroom units. While the condo’s application refers to the units as condos, Livable_ believes they’ll be rental units. 

On the other hand, the two ground-floor retail spaces measure at 962 sq. ft. in total. The Archdiocese and cemetery will still be accessible through a dedicated driveway in the northeast corner of the building. This area is also home to a moving room, loading space and bicycle elevators. 

The plan also outlines a second-floor long-term bicycle parking space with storage for 324 bikes. Underground parking will be included in the project as well, with a total of 24 spaces. Finally, the building’s 2,195 sq. ft. shared amenity area is located on the 39th floor, while its indoor facilities are on level three. 

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