Despite the unprecedented real estate boom that Toronto has enjoyed for nearly decade, the vibrant and highly-coveted Bloor West Village has remained largely untouched by redevelopment. Now, that is set to change as Harrington Developments Limited Partnership have applied to build an 8-storey condominium at the southwest corner of Bloor & Durie Streets. The plot of land in question is currently the site of a 3-storey apartment building and credit union (at 2265 Bloor Street West), two restaurants (at 2277 and 2279 Bloor Street West), and a single detached home (at 116 Durie Street).

The site as it exists today, image from Google Street View

The building, designed by TACT Architecture, would include 83 residential units (19 of which would replace the rental units that are currently on site) and almost 13,000 square feet of ground floor retail.

Looking southwest from Bloor & Durie Streets, rendering courtesy of TACT Architecture

Although the preliminary report identifies some issues that remain to be resolved, such as the scale of the building and its compatibility with the area, the application appears to be largely consistent with the City's guidelines for mid-rise "Avenue" development, including stepping back within the angular plane required by the City so as to not overwhelm its neighbours.

Looking northwest from Durie Street, rendering courtesy of TACT Architecture

Although planning staff, including Chief City Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, have expressed a desire to see more mid-rise development along Toronto's avenues, and particularly along those avenues serviced by rapid transit lines, such projects have typically faced opposition from locals. Stay tuned with UrbanToronto for further updates as they develop.

Want to see more? Click on our dataBase file, linked below, for more elevations and a site plan. Want to talk about it? Choose the associated Forum thread link, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

Rami Kozman is a commercial real estate lawyer in Toronto and can be found on Twitter at