A slender high-rise with an intricate façade has been proposed to replace a nine-storey commercial building near the southern boundary of The Annex.
Earlier this month, a Zoning By-law Amendment and Official Plan Amendment was submitted to city planners to construct a 28-storey mixed-use building with 46 condo units at 208 Bloor Street West. The developer, Plaza Partners, has rolled out a handful of building applications in recent months, including proposals for 14-storey condo towers in both Deer Park and Chaplin Estates.
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The development site is located on the north side of Bloor Street West between Avenue and Bedford roads. Spanning 5,728 square feet, the lot is narrow and rectangular with a 44.2-foot frontage along Bloor Street West and a depth of approximately 130 feet. A nine-storey commercial building with a two-storey restaurant on the lower levels and office space on the upper levels occupies the site.
To compare the slender scale of this project to other development proposals in the area, plans for a 35-storey condo tower were put forward in September 2020 for the same section of Bloor Street West. Covering 40,131 square feet, the lot area for the mixed-use project near the TTC Spadina station is seven times greater than the proposal for 208 Bloor Street West.
If approved, the slim new tower would contain 12,835 square feet of office space and 46 condos for a total of 97,779 square feet of gross floor area. The ground floor would be shared by lobbies for the office and residential portions of the building, along with a parcel room and service areas. Above, floors two to four would be occupied by offices, with condos constructed between levels six to 28.
The new high-rise intends to follow the existing development patterns along Bloor Street West by covering the full width of the site. Various architectural setbacks are included throughout the tower to make room for recessed balconies located behind the building’s ‘decorative architectural feature.’
“The proposed development’s distinctive architectural approach and high quality materials will create visual interest and reinforce the unique character of this section of Bloor Street West,” explains the application’s planning rationale, authored by Urban Strategies Inc.
Of the 46 proposed condos, the breakdown would include 41 two-bedroom and five three-bedroom suites. The unit sizes would average 1,603 and 1,621 square feet, respectively.
On the fifth level, a 2,002-square-foot indoor amenity space would be built with adjoining outdoor terraces on the north and south sides of the building. Short-term bicycle parking and trees would be included near the tower’s entrance. Twelve parking spaces would be provided in a one-level underground garage accessible by a car elevator at the building’s rear.