A series of industrial buildings near Bloor Street West is the proposed future site of a high-rise condo development in the southern part of the Junction Triangle.
In late September, an official plan amendment and rezoning application was submitted to city planners to build an 18-storey condo at 1405 Bloor Street West. The developer, Lamb Development Corp., is working on several new construction condo projects across Toronto, including East 55 Condos and The Bread Company Condos.
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The development site in question sits on the southwest corner of Bloor Street West and Ruttan Street, bordered by Sterling Road to the west. Spanning approximately 43,080 square feet, the irregularly shaped lot has a narrow, 83-foot frontage onto Bloor Street West and a depth of 587 feet. Five low-rise, industrial-type buildings currently exist on the site, occupied mostly by automotive repair businesses. One of the buildings, a two-storey, mixed-use structure at 1407-1409 Bloor Street West, houses two service shops below two loft-style live/work units that are in use as rentals.
The proposal imagines redeveloping the site into an 18-storey mixed-use building that would encompass 230,175 square feet of total gross floor area and house 326 residential units. From its 18-storey height, the building would step down to 12 and four storeys.
The building’s four-storey low-rise component, which consists of three storeys plus a mezzanine level, would house 23 grade-related residential suites. The residences would front onto a proposed north-south pedestrian “mews” extending south from Ruttan Street. This would be part of redeveloping the adjacent property, which is currently in use as the site’s driveway, the planning rationale by Bousfields Inc. explains.
A 6,835-square-foot outdoor amenity space would be built on the roof of the four-storey component, which connects into an indoor residential amenity space. A total of 15,435 square feet of amenity space would be housed within the building. About 7,158 square feet of indoor amenity area would be included throughout the second, third and fourth levels. An additional outdoor amenity area would be added at-grade, proposed as a dog run area.
At the southern end of the building, a 67-foot leg extends to the southwest, flanked by a potential future public park.
On the seventh floor, the building steps back to create a mid-rise component, which would feature private outdoor terraces that are screened from the public by “an architectural feature comprised of ‘louvers’ and vertical apertures,” says the planning rationale. At the 13th level, the building is set back again, making room for private terraces and a green roof on the top of Level 12. The 19th floor would contain a wrapped mechanical penthouse with a three-bedroom layout.
Of the 326 residential units, 49 studio, 197 one-bedroom, 43 two-bedroom and 37 three-bedroom suites would be included.
Approximately 2,551 square feet of retail space would be incorporated on the ground floor in the building’s northeast corner, which is accessible from Bloor Street West. On the same level, the residential lobby would be built in the northwest corner, sharing the floor with garbage and loading areas, plus internal vehicle elevators that lead to the underground parking garage.
The three-level parking garage would house 101 residential parking spaces. Bicycle parking would be provided throughout the garage, totaling 330 spaces, 296 of which would be reserved for residents.