Ryerson University could be getting a 41-storey tower on campus

Jan 8 2019, 3:30 am

A major development for a mixed-use building could be coming to downtown Toronto. That’s if a recently submitted proposal from Ryerson University is approved.

Designed by Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects with Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto, the proposed development would be located at 202 Jarvis Street and 166 Dundas Street East on a Ryerson-owned parking lot.

The ambitious project features a 41-storey tower with institutional, retail, and student residence uses, according to Ryerson’s rezoning application.

Artistic renderings of 202 Jarvis Street/City of Toronto

The building will consist of an 11-storey base component with 31,468 square metres of institutional space that will be home to classrooms, research facilities, and departmental offices in addition to 576 square metres of retail space.

The tower floors above will house a 29-storey Ryerson University-owned and operated student residence with capacity for 551 students to live on campus.

Artistic renderings of 202 Jarvis Street/City of Toronto

The proposed development includes a number of notable open spaces. In particular, the tower will be “pulled back” from Dundas Street to provide an urban open area that will have access into the adjacent learning gallery and retail spaces.

There would also be a new public square to accompany the tower, which would provide a pedestrian link into a new plaza fronting onto Mutual Street.

The new plaza, which is known as University Square, marks one of the main entrances into the building and will be a focal point for the downtown campus and a “valuable amenity” for building residents.

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