Toronto has long struggled with a lack of purpose-built rental units amid increasingly low vacancy rates. One recently proposed purpose-built rental development in the city’s west-end, however, will do its part to ease some of the scarcity.
Skale Developments recently submitted a zoning by-law amendment application to construct an eight-storey, 46-unit apartment mixed-use complex at 1375 Queen Street West in Parkdale. The building would replace a 0.17 acre vacant rectangular lot on the southeast corner of Queen Street West and Close Avenue, previously home to a gas station. In the area, Skale Developments has also been working on 1181 Queen West Condos, located slightly east at Gladstone Avenue and Queen Street West.
The exterior of the first five storeys would consist of brick, so as to match the other structures fronting Queen Street West, according to the project’s planning rationale. Inset Juliet balconies from the second to fifth floor would also be included. The upper portion of the building features an angular extension with a white glazed brick facade.
On the ground floor, 4,822 square feet would be reserved for retail and commercial space, along with a residential lobby. While no parking spaces will be provided, the proposed rental building would include 56 bicycle parking spaces, six of which would be for short-term use. In the underground portion of the building, 2,034 square-feet of indoor amenity space, plus additional commercial area, would be incorporated.
The rental suites would range from 400 up to 1,100 square-feet in size, consisting of 34 one-bedroom, seven two-bedroom and five three-bedroom units. Approximately 20 percent of the apartments would be designated as affordable, but the decision has yet to be made, as explained in the rationale.
Another eight-storey rental development has been proposed in the neighbourhood by BSäR Group of Companies at 1521 Queen Street West, located just slightly to the west. To the northeast, 57 Brock Condos is under construction.