Following the Gupta Group's highly publicized announcement of the 52-storey Rosedale on Bloor tower near Bloor and Sherborne, interest in the project has remained strong, with Canopy by Hilton recently announced as a luxury hotel tenant. As the project continues to take shape, we spoke with the Gupta Group's Steve Gupta about what the new Page + Steele / IBI Group-designed development will bring to the neighbourhood.
With the 52-storey tower set to make a significant impact on the area skyline and streetscape, Mr. Gupta expanded on the presence that The Rosedale on Bloor will bring to the neighbourhood. "For decades, I've felt that the east end would become very attractive for development," Gupta explains, "and, in the last few years, a lot of activity has started taking place."
With recent and ongoing large-scale projects like The Selby and the James Cooper Mansion already starting to re-make the area into an increasingly attractive residential neighbourhood, the Bloor and Sherbourne community is quickly growing with new density, while maintaining approachable prices compared to nearby Yorkville. "People also don't realize how close the area is to Yonge and Bloor, and how urban the character of the neighbourhood is" Gupta tells us, emphasizing that the upscale vibe found west of Yonge is beginning to stretch its way east.
The inclusion of the Canopy by Hilton hotel at the tower's base brings an added element of vibrancy to the streetscape (above), with international travellers and businesspeople expected to imbue the area with a lively new presence. "We wanted to combine the social benefits of a hotel—which can help make the neighbourhood a hub—with the private amenities and more intimate ambience of a condo," Gupta continues, "and by creating a separate residential entrance on Selby Street, we allow residents their privacy."
Condo residents will be able to make use of hotel amenities (such as room service) while maintaining a sense of separation between the two through a residents' entrance and private condo amenities. "The one shared amenity will be the pool, however," Gupta notes, explaining that a shared pool allows residents to make use of a luxurious recreational facility without adding a significant burden to maintenance costs.
The Rosedale on Bloor will feature 476 residential suites ranging in size from 307 to 871 square feet (with a suite interior rendered above), with interiors by Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge, as well as landscaping by NAK Design Strategies. In terms of amenities, the condominium will include a chef's kitchen and dining room for entertaining, as well as a lounge and meeting facilities aimed at residents with home-based businesses.
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