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Project Profile: Cabin at 45 Dovercourt


Last month,
Curated Properties submitted a
rezoning and site plan application for a 6-storey, 25-unit building at 45
Dovercourt Road in Toronto. The project is known to the market as Cabin and you
can register for it now.

The project
immediately caught my attention (because of its design, because of its
branding, and because I like the work of Curated), so I decided to dig in
further and get a copy of their architectural drawings. Development
applications and their supporting documents are all public. Anyone can request
a copy. But the city isn’t great at making this known.

Since I’m excited
to see more of these small scale urban infill projects in the city, today I
thought I would highlight some of its key features and some of the things that
are being proposed in order to make a project like this work.

The Homes

First of
all, 100% of the suites are 2-storey. 76% of the suites are also 2 bedroom or

The result
is that the project is essentially a series of townhomes stacked on top of each
other. I suspect that this will appeal to more end-users as opposed to
investors. Hopefully, it will also attract more families to the area.

Here’s the
third floor plan:


probably can’t see it, but all of the suites are marked as “Level 1”, obviously
indicating that there’s more than one level.

Also worth
mentioning is the notch or cut out on the north side of the building. This is
what makes the 2 suites in the middle of the floor plate possible. In order for
them to have windows, they need to be setback from the (north) property line.
It also means those suites get terraces.

The Parking

Turning to
the ground floor plan, it’s interesting to see that they are proposing 8 triple
car stackers that will be accessible off the rear laneway (right side on the plan below). That equates to 24 parking spaces in the building (8 bays x 3
cars per stacker).


On small
urban sites like this one, it can be very difficult to accommodate parking. So
it’s inevitable that we will see more parking stackers in the city and a continual
reduction in parking minimums.

The Construction

Finally, I
have been told that this project is expected to be framed in wood, as opposed
to reinforced concrete, which is more typical of condominiums in Toronto.

As of the
beginning of this year (2015), the
Ontario Building Code was modified to allow wood-frame buildings up to 6
. Before this change, the highest you could go was 4 storeys.

This change
was done with the intent of reducing construction costs so that it becomes more
feasible to develop smaller infill sites such as this one. So expect to see
more of this.

I know that
a lot of people would like to remain in the city even when they start having
children. But it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find affordable low-rise
homes. And not everyone wants to live in a high-rise tower. 

That’s why I think
we will see more, not less, low-rise and mid-rise infill projects like Cabin.
If you’re interested in this topic, also check out a post I wrote called 3
stages of intensification

The rendering at the top of this post is from Curated Properties and the
drawings are by RAW Design.

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