Ottawa based developer Minto, who has built a number of rental and condominium projects in Toronto since arriving here in 1986 and is currently selling 775 King West, Spring, and The St. Thomas, has applied to replace an existing 9-storey office building at the corner of Cumberland and Bellair Streets in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood with a 26-storey mixed retail and condominium tower. 

UrbanToronto members androiduk and greenleaf have been to the area to snap photos of the existing building, and the proposal application sign, respectively.

94 Cumberland condos Toronto by Minto94 Cumberland, image by androiduk

94 Cumberland condos Toronto by Minto94 Cumberland, image by Tyler Greenleaf

While the existing building adds nothing to Yorkville's vibrancy, the application will likely find resistance from those who prefer a low-rise feel in the tony shopping district, and UrbanToronto members are already bemoaning the potential loss of popular people-watching cafe Lettieri currently housed in the base of the building. It will be interesting to see what the planning department's response to this application will be, and its reception by City Council. UrbanToronto will keep you informed as more information on this proposal comes out.