Location: 353-355 Sherbourne Street, Toronto
Owners: United Property Resource Corporation
Architect: KPMB Architects Inc.
A 19th-century church that anchors a major intersection on the far west side of Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood could be upgraded into a residential and community complex.
In late June, an Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment application was submitted to city planners to construct a 12-storey mixed-use building with 100 new rental units at 353-355 Sherbourne Street in Toronto. The proposal would retain and integrate the existing heritage-designated St. Luke’s United Church into the complex, while creating new community space and expanding the church’s facilities.
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The development site in question is located on the southeast corner of Sherbourne and Carlton streets, directly across from Allan Gardens. The rectangular lot, which spans approximately 26,037 square feet, is occupied by St. Luke’s United Church, which was originally constructed in 1887, according to the application’s planning rationale by MacNaughton Hermsen Britton Clarkson Planning Limited (MHBC). The original structure has had multiple additions over the years, and is a designated heritage building under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, according to the rationale.
The proposal seeks to create a 12-storey mid-rise building that would wrap around the St. Luke’s United Church building. The original 1887 portion of the church would be fully retained and continued to be used as a place of worship. The existing sanucatary would join into a new double-height promenade at the south side of the church to provide entry to the building’s community outreach space and a new community hall on the second floor. Community support space and a balcony overlooking the sanctuary is also slated for the second floor.
A 3,638-square-foot publicly accessible open space (POPS) would be created at the corner of Sherbourne and Carlton streets, opening up the original 1887 church façade to the street, the rationale explains. The new open space would frame the entrance to the building’s ground-floor institutional and community facilities. A cafe would be built at grade to “activate the street and the proposed POPS space,” explains the rationale.
The residential entrance for the apartments would be located through the existing building entrance along Carlton Street. Above the second floor, the new building would form a “C” shape that faces Allan Gardens, with the majority of the rental units located on the third to 12th floors.
Of the 100 new rental units, the breakdown would include 14 studios, 43 one-bedroom, 23 two-bedroom and 20 three-bedroom units, ranging from 430 to 969 square feet, according to the application’s project data sheet. Thirty percent of the residential floor area would be designated as affordable housing units.
Indoor and outdoor amenity space would be provided on the third floor, with additional outdoor amenity facilities on the tenth level. No new parking spaces would be included in the project, with the exception of a loading space situated in the southeast corner of the site off of a laneway.