Developer seeks to add extra storeys to planned mixed-use tower on Scott Street

A developer that planned to build a 23-storey mixed-use tower on a vacant Westboro lot is now seeking to add two extra floors to the proposal after acquiring additional property near the original site.

Azure building
Azure's original proposal called for a 23-storey highrise.

Azure Urban Developments filed plans with the city last year to construct an apartment tower on an empty lot on the south side of Scott Street between Winona Avenue and Churchill Avenue North. The original proposal called for 241 residential units, 5,554 square feet for commercial use on the ground floor and a four-level underground parking garage with 146 spaces.

At the time, Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper wrote in an update on his ward website that he was skeptical the lot would be able to accommodate “such a dense development,” pointing out that other recent projects in the area have been approved as “narrower towers.”

The developer has now refiled an updated site plan with the city after acquiring additional land at 328 Winona Ave., near the original site at 2070 Scott St. The Winona Avenue property is currently occupied by a single-detached dwelling.

The new proposal calls for a 25-storey building with the same amount of commercial space plus 264 residential units and 160 underground parking spots. The developer has applied for a zoning bylaw amendment to raise existing height limits from 20 metres on Scott Street and 11 metres at the Winona Avenue property to about 80 metres and reduce the setbacks required.  

The area surrounding Westboro Transitway Station – which will be converted to light rail in the coming years – has been a hot spot for development as of late, with Colonnade Bridgeport building out its Westboro Connection down the road on McCrae Avenue as well as a neighbouring project on the site of the old Trailhead Paddle Shack. 

Colonnade Bridgeport is also looking to partner with Morley Hoppner a bit farther west on the site of the Granite Curling Club on a proposal that would see the curling club shifted to a nearby lot and a mixed-use highrise built in its place. Another builder, Surface Developments, has filed plans to build a 30-storey mixed-use tower just a few metres east on Scott Street that would contain more than 350 apartment units.