Newly revised plans have been submitted for a proposed 18-storey office development at 65 King Street East in Downtown Toronto. Developed by Carttera Private Equities and designed by Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, the original proposal only included the properties of 65-75 King Street East, while the revised plans also now include the properties to the east at 79-81, 83, and 85-89 King Street East.

65 King Street East, Carttera, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoSouth view of revised plan for 65 King Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

Expanding the properties involved has resulted in a slightly enlarged proposed Gross Floor Area (GFA), while the floor count has been reduced from 19 to 18 storeys. Now envisioned as a simpler glassy tower, the design does away with the previous iteration's sandstone street-level frontages and vertical brick-tone accents along the tower volume. 

65 King Street East, Carttera, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoThe previous design, image via submission to the City of Toronto

With the addition of the extended properties, the proposal now features a Gross Floor Area (GFA) of 37,775 m² including 1,628 m² of retail space at grade, with storefronts on both King Street East and the much quieter and narrower Colborne Street to the south.

65 King Street East, Carttera, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoEast view on Colborne, 65 King Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

The heritage façades along King Street East that make up "Victoria Row" would be retained in the new proposal. However, the expansion of the site means that more of King Street's historic buildings would be demolished, with new office space behind the restored façades. At street level, each of the frontages would still be given over to individual retail spaces, attempting to preserve some of King Street's fine-grained character.

65 King Street East, Carttera, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoThe street level plan, image retrieved from submission to the City of Toronto

At the south end, the proposed tower is situated just 17 metres west of the similarly scaled Sixty Colborne, now under construction. The 65 King East site has seen a number of proposals in the past few years, including a 47-storey mixed-use condominium—submitted in 2012—that was scrapped after heavy criticism from both City staff and the local community. In November 2016, notice of a development application was made in regards to 79 to 91 King Street East, which included the Albany Club site one property to the east of this revised proposal. That proposal would now be withdrawn with Carttera's acquisition of 79 through 89 King East.

65 King Street East, Carttera, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoStreet level, 65 King Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

We will return with additional information as new details about the proposal emerge. In the meantime, you can find more information including more renderings on this proposal in our dataBase file for the project, linked below. If you want to join in the conversation, you can visit the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment using the field provided at the bottom of this page.