A new development on Toronto's Broadview Avenue a couple blocks north of the Danforth is looking to uncover a forgotten heritage gem, and bring an 18-storey seniors residence to the area. Retirement home developer Revera Living first proposed an Official Plan amendment for the site in 2018, and have recently filed a rezoning application with the Planning department. 

View of the restored Chester Public School Building, image courtesy of Revera Living

Designed by Montgomery Sisam with heritage aspects overseen by ERA Architects, the redevelopment would completely restore the east facade of the 1891-built Chester Public School Building that has been hidden behind an unflattering addition for decades. Behind it, the accompanying new residence would be clad in glass and spandrel window wall, beige-colour precast accent panels, and feature projecting balconies.

The site in 2018, image retrieved from Google Street View

Rising 60 metres, the 214 unit building would house 61 bachelor apartments, as well as 127 one-bedroom and 26 two-bedroom units. All of the units would be available on a rental basis and offer both assisted and independent living options to tenants.

The tower at 954 Broadview, image courtesy of Revera Living

Additional information and images 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 in the field provided at the bottom of this page.

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