Next Property Group’s application to the City of Toronto proposes the development of a 7-storey mid-rise office building with flexible collaboration space on a vacant lot located at 77 Wade Avenue just northwest of the Lansdowne Avenue and Bloor Street West intersection. The site is approximately 3,400 square metres in area with frontage onto Wade Avenue of over 100 metres in length and a lot depth of 32.5 metres.
The building’s total gross floor area is 14,000 square meters with appropriate considerations for shading, size, and orientation to fit harmoniously into the neighbourhood and ensure adequate access to skyline views. The building’s ground floor would reserve approximately 500 square meters for flexible space suitable for both retail and office use. 34 parking spaces will be located at-grade only, underneath the second floor of office space and hidden from view behind the retail units, building lobby, and bicycling facilities. Two parking spaces will be barrier free and another two spaces will be designed for electric vehicles. There will be 6 short-term and 114 long-term bicycle parking spaces available on-site. The main pedestrian entrance to the site will be located on Wade Avenue.
Floors two through seven would be dedicated to office use with flexible design to serve a variety of business types. Office space will be designed to meet market demand for facilities typical of high tech business culture. This design is in keeping with the Bloor-Lansdowne area’s reputation as a good location for IT and startup tech companies such as Ubisoft Canada located at 224 Wallace Avenue. The building will feature additional indoor and outdoor amenity space, including a green roof, located near the mechanical penthouse on the roof.
The proposed compact commercial development will make efficient use of an under-utilized, vacant parcel of land zoned for employment. The construction and design process will consider environmental factors by remediating existing soil contamination and ensuring LEED-Gold standards. The development will create greater employment densities in a transit-rich area served by the TTC Bloor-Danforth Line, the Union-Pearson Express, and the Lansdowne bus route. 77 Wade Avenue is also directly adjacent to the GO Barrie line corridor. The site plan will allow for a pedestrian and cycling access corridor through the site and across the rail corridor. The site’s design also accommodates transportation demand management through the supply of sheltered bicycling parking facilities, connections to nearby active transportation routes, and minimal surface parking.