Rendering: Studio JCI

Location: 252 Parliament Street, Toronto
Developer: Core Development Group
Architect: Studio JCI

Earlier this month, a rezoning application was submitted to city planners to construct a nine-storey, purpose-built rental building at 252 Parliament Street in Cabbagetown South that would house 71 units.

The rectangular development site sits on Parliament Street between Dundas Street East and Shuter Street, flanked by Poulett Street on the west side. A vacant, single-storey building with frontage onto Parliament Street currently occupies the lot, formerly used by a Salvation Army Thrift Store. The building would be demolished to make way for the new development.

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The proposed nine-storey rental building would span 54,874 square feet of gross floor area, with 1,506 square feet dedicated to ground-floor retail space fronting onto Parliament Street. The partial two-level ground floor would contain the main residential lobby, plus two studio units and one four-bedroom suite fronting Poulett Street, a handful of other residential units and a garage room.

In the northern side of the ground floor, a courtyard would be constructed as a communal amenity space and a source of light for some residential suites. The remainder of the residential suites occupy levels two to eight, with an indoor and outdoor amenity space included on levels two and nine.

“The programming of this amenity space will be determined through the site plan control process, but co-working space, meeting rooms and a community lounge are currently contemplated,” explains the planning rationale, authored by Bousfields Inc.

Rendering: Studio JCI

Of the 71 proposed rental units, there would be 35 bachelors, 18 three-bedroom and 18 four-bedroom units. According to the planning rationale, some of the larger units would be planned as two-level suites.

In an underground parking garage accessible from Poulett Street, 20 vehicle spaces would be provided, 15 of which are designated for residents. In the same garage, 78 of the 88 bicycle spaces proposed for the development would be included.

The developer, Core Development Group, is behind a number of other Toronto-based projects, including Clonmore Urban Towns and the redevelopment of Filmores Hotel.

In the neighbourhood, rental registration is open for Oben Flats Sherbourne, while construction is expected to kick off at Warehouse Lofts this month.

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