An entertainment landmark in Toronto's Bloor West Village area could soon go the way of the silent film, as the Bloor West Village area's Humber Cinema—constructed in 1948 for the Odeon chain—is slated for redevelopment. The historic theatre, along with four two-storey buildings on a block of Bloor Street West bounded by Jane Street and Riverview Gardens, would be taken down to make way for a new mixed-use development from developer Plaza.

2452 Bloor Street West, Quadrangle Architects, Plaza, TorontoAerial view of the subject site, image retrieved from Apple Maps

Featuring a design by Quadrangle Architects, the 14-storey mixed-use building at 2452 Bloor Street West would include a number of stepbacks to better integrate into the existing urban fabric. Multiple volumes of various heights would help to break up the building's massing, most notably the three incrementally taller volumes that form a density bridge between the office building to the east and the mid-rise condominium development at One Old Mill, a half block to the west.

2452 Bloor Street West, Quadrangle Architects, Plaza, TorontoView of the proposal from the southeast on Bloor, image retrieved from the City of Toronto

The lower levels of the building would be set back 6.2 metres from the public lane that runs along the north property line. At the third floor, the building would be step back 8.9 metres from the east portion of the rear property line. The proposal site is adjacent to an existing 5-storey office building to the east at 2 Jane Street. In response to it, the development proposes a blank “party wall” pushed against the east property line on the building’s 2nd through 5th levels. North of the party wall, the building would include an east setback of approximately 9.4 m on levels 2 through 7. 

The development proposes 4,969 m2 (53,485 ft2) of retail space on the two ground levels, the upper one fronting onto Bloor Street West, and the lower one fronting on the lane and parking lot behind. Above, the project would feature 244 residential condominium units, consisting of 90 one-bedroom, 129 two-bedroom, and 25 three-bedroom units.

2452 Bloor Street West, Quadrangle Architects, Plaza, TorontoView looking east along Bloor Street West, image retrieved from the City of Toronto

Residents of these units would have access to 504 m2 of indoor amenity space and 574 m2 of outdoor amenity space, giving each unit an average of 2.06 m2 of indoor common space, and 2.35 m2 of outdoor common space. The indoor amenity areas, with multiple spaces provided for the residents' use, shows locations for a kitchen and washroom on the proposal. They would be located on the second floor, connected to an outdoor amenity deck with north and west-facing views. Details about the specific amenities on offer are still preliminary, and would not likely be known until to  building is marketed.

The building would be served by a 4-level underground parking garage providing 331 vehicular parking spaces. 273 bicycle parking spaces would also be provided, including 15 spaces at grade for retail customers, 10 spaces on the P1 level for retail occupant use, 26 spaces on the P1 level for residential visitors, and 222 spaces on the P2, P3, and P4 levels for building residents.

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