New proposals continue to pop up for various Beer Store locations around Toronto. Following on proposals submitted for Beer Store locations at 1580 Avenue Road, 227 Gerrard Street East, 784 The Queensway, 572 Church Street, 1200 Dundas Street West, 3429 Bloor Street West, and 28 River Street, the latest Beer Store site with a redevelopment application is that of 1285 Queen Street East, just east of Leslie Street.

1285 Queen Street East, Fieldgate Urban, TACT Architecture, TorontoQueen Street frontage, 1285 Queen Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

The proposal from Fieldgate Urban aims to replace the existing retail location with a mid-rise condominium development. Featuring a design by TACT Architecture, the six-storey building—proposed at just over 79 feet tall—will incorporate a stepped-back massing for the top levels that keeps the the new building from overwhelming to its lower-rise neighbours.

1285 Queen Street East, Fieldgate Urban, TACT Architecture, TorontoSouthwest view, 1285 Queen Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

In character with the heritage brick-clad, punched window-style built form that exists on surrounding blocks, 1285 Queen East's cladding mixes brick with warmly coloured accent materials between windows and at suite entrances. The north side which faces Queen Street and the south side which faces Memory Lane will each have their own look, with the warmer of the two colour palettes fronting onto the laneway and park to the south.

1285 Queen Street East, Fieldgate Urban, TACT Architecture, TorontoNortheast view, 1285 Queen Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

The development's design aims to extend the Queen Street retail strip with 763 m² (8,209 ft²) of street-facing retail, split into two spaces divided by the residential lobby. At the rear of the building, the ground floor's frontage onto the quiet Memory Lane will support entrances to the four 2-bedroom townhome units, and provide parking and loading access.

1285 Queen Street East, Fieldgate Urban, TACT Architecture, TorontoSoutheast view, 1285 Queen Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

The project's 68 other condominium suites will be found on levels 2 through 6, and will consist of 48 one-bedroom and one-bedroom + den units (67% of total), 19 two-bedroom and two-bedroom+den units (26% of total), and 5 three-bedroom units (7% of total). The roof of the 6th floor will house a 208 m² outdoor amenity space, as well as the service entrance for a recessed mechanical penthouse and elevator overrun.

1285 Queen Street East, Fieldgate Urban, TACT Architecture, TorontoNorth view, 1285 Queen Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

The project would be served by a single-storey underground parking garage, accommodating a total of 41 spots. 73 bicycle parking spaces will also be provided for residents, divided between 65 long-term and 8 short-term spaces. These will be housed partially on the P1 level of the garage, with the rest on the second level above-ground.

1285 Queen Street East, Fieldgate Urban, TACT Architecture, TorontoNorth view, 1285 Queen Street East, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

Additional information and images can be found in the project's Database file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment using the field provided at the bottom of this page.