As one of Toronto's hippest neighbourhoods, The Junction has become home to and a wave of residential developments, all of which aim to capitalize on the trendy cultural node's growing land values. Submitted to the City of Toronto last week, the area's latest proposal looks to to redevelop an existing Green P-operated surface parking lot an an adjacent surface lot for JM Auto Sales, located at 406 Keele Street, just north of Dundas. 

406 Keele Street, Block Developments, RAW Design, Toronto406 Keele Street, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

The new project from Block Developments features architecture by RAW Design, combining cubist-inspired massing with a materiality that references the red brick seen on many of the heritage structures that make up the neighbourhood. With a proposed height of 16.8 metres, the 4,545.52 m² boutique condominium development will rise four storeys, plus a mezzanine level that includes a mechanical penthouse and private amenity terraces.

406 Keele Street, Block Developments, RAW Design, TorontoNortheast view, 406 Keele Street, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

406 Keele Street is proposing a total of just 30 condominium units, coming in a mix of 2 one-bedroom (6%), 12 two-bedroom (40%), 11 three-bedroom (37%), and 5 live-work units (17%), with an overall average unit size of approximately 151.52 m². The five live-work units will be situated on the development's ground floor, fronting onto Keele Street. While the project is being proposed as otherwise entirely residential, the inclusion of these live-work spaces has the potential to enrich the at-grade conditions on Keele with a limited commercial/retail presence. Other units will be accessed via two entrances along Vine Avenue.

406 Keele Street, Block Developments, RAW Design, TorontoSoutheast view, 406 Keele Street, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

A significant portion of the project's required amenity space will come in the form of private outdoor terraces housed on multiple levels, including rooftop spaces that could be as large as 68.57 m². These private outdoor spaces will be complemented by a 158.81 m² landscaped courtyard at the southwest corner of the site, featuring landscaping work by PMA Landscape Architects.

406 Keele Street, Block Developments, RAW Design, TorontoCourtyard, 406 Keele Street, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

Residents of the project's 30 suites will be served by an underground garage containing 26 parking spaces, divided between 22 residential and 4 visitor spaces. At grade, 32 bicycle parking spaces are proposed, consisting of 27 resident bicycle parking spaces and 5 visitor bicycle parking spaces.

406 Keele Street, Block Developments, RAW Design, TorontoSoutheast aerial view, 406 Keele Street, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

We will be sure to return with additional details as new information about the project emerges. In the meanwhile, existing project renderings and statistics can be found in our Database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment using the field provided at the bottom of this page.