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Location: 419 College Street, Toronto
Developer: Ironwood Bay
Architect: Quadrangle Architects Ltd.

New details are now available surrounding the proposed residential redevelopment slated for Sneaky Dee’s on College Street.

Official plan and zoning amendment application documents became publicly available late last week following the initial planning submission announcement that came during the Labour Day weekend. Beloved Tex-Mex restaurant and music venue, Sneaky Dee’s, is located in one of the five buildings within the development site at 419-431 College Street.

According to the planning rationale, written by Goldberg Group, the rectangular development site covers 21,099 square feet on the southeast corner of Bathurst and College streets, bordered by Lippincott Street to the east. In addition to Sneaky Dee’s, three other two-storey, mixed-use buildings occupy the lot, along with a single-storey commercial building that is presently occupied by a bank. NEST, located at 423 College Street, is another bar and music venue that neighbours Sneaky Dee’s on the development lot. Two residential rental units exist on the site, but are not required to be replaced in the proposal, according to the planning rationale.

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The application seeks to demolish the existing commercial buildings on the property and build a 13-storey, “stepped and terraced” mixed-use building with 169 condo units and ground-floor retail space. Within the gross floor area of 140,027 square feet, the new building would contain 7,542 square feet of commercial area, alongside 6,533 square feet of amenity space.

A seven-storey podium would house the lobby for the residential portion fronting onto Bathurst Street. A 290-square-foot indentation proposed for the northwest corner of the building “is shaped to enable a Privately Owned Public Space.” In architectural drawings of the ground floor created by Quadrangle Architects Ltd, one of the three retail spaces on the ground floor is labeled as a “potential music venue” with a stage.

“The proposal contemplates the potential retention or replacement of one live music venue on the
ground floor along College Street, potentially maintaining a cultural space on the subject site,” reads the planning rationale. “Noise concerns from this potential new live music venue will be addressed at the site plan stage.”

Rendering: Quadrangle Architects Ltd.

Various setbacks and stepbacks would be integrated on the College and Bathurst frontages to create terracing effects and massing relief.

“The setbacks, stepbacks, and lower level rear terracing are design measures aimed to provide a[n] appropriate transition to the low-rise residential properties to the south, along with visual interest, massing relief, and compatibility,” explains the rationale.

Approximately 3,853 square feet of indoor space will be added to the second and 13th floors, with an outdoor amenity rooftop terrace on the 13th floor. Balconies and terraces are expected to be incorporated into the majority of the condo suites.

Of the 169 condominium units, the breakdown would include 102 one-bedroom, 44 two-bedroom and 23 three-bedroom suites.

A two-level underground parking garage would house 62 parking spaces and 114 bicycle spaces, with some vehicle spots reserved for visitor parking. At the rear of the building, 48 long-term, 17 short-term and 7 retail bicycle parking spaces will be added in two separate rooms, for a total of 186 spots throughout the proposed development.

In the neighbourhood, registration is now open for MRKT Alexandra Park and 170 Spadina.

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