The site is presently occupied by six pairs of semi-detached dwellings constructed between 1909 and 1922. The development would replace the existing homes with a 28-storey, 27,927.8-square-metre residential building with a six-storey podium and at-grade townhouses.
Designed by superkül, 32 Raglan features a tower design that appears like stacked volumes which articulate at certain levels to respond to the heights of neighbouring buildings. The tower is set back at six storeys with a podium height that references the abutting apartment building at 40 Raglan Avenue.
If approved, the building would be constructed adjacent to St. Alphonsus Church at 540 St. Clair Avenue West, an early 20th-century property listed on Toronto’s Heritage Register.
According to the Heritage Impact Study conducted by ERA Architects, the “proposed materials blend into the fabric of the existing neighbourhood and echo the red brick at St. Alphonsus Church, as well as the materials of a number of the single- and semi-detached houses and pre-war walk-up apartment buildings that run the length of Raglan Avenue.” The proposal also includes improvements to the shared laneway with the church, adding to the vibrancy of the public realm.
The townhouses front Raglan Avenue and wrap around the south and west ends of the building along a rear laneway. Renderings show landscaped pathways leading up to these homes, which are clad in a light-coloured brick material, creating contrast with the main tower. The residence’s main entrance and lobby are accessed through Raglan Avenue at the building’s northeast corner. A ramp leading to the two-level underground garage and bicycle storage area is situated at the northwest corner of the site.
Inside, the project proposes to house a total of 399 suites consisting of 14 townhouses, 22 studios, 182 one-bedroom, 130 two-bedroom and 51 three-bedroom units. A mix of indoor and outdoor amenities are split between the 6th and 13th floors for a total of 1,596 square metres of amenity space including an outdoor terrace area. The proposal also calls for 400 bicycle parking spaces and 148 vehicle parking spots, including 30 equipped with EV charging.