Six years after the Krugarand Corporation first submitted a plan to the City of Toronto to redevelop an office building at 80 Bloor Street West with a 68-storey condominium, a new plan that also covers the property to the west has been submitted for the Bay and Bloor site. The latest submission seeks an Official Plan Amendment from the City to permit a 79-storey tower designed by Giannone Petricone Associates.

Site of the proposal, image via submission to City of Toronto

Renderings of the new proposal show a striking design with both gradual and supper stepped reductions to its floor plate as it rises, tapered inwardly in spots, and clad in a “pleated” curtain wall glazing that would catch light at different angles to give the exterior a sense of motion.

Looking southeast to 80 Bloor West, image via submission to City of Toronto

The total gross floor area (GFA) is approximately 121,965 m², the majority of which—114,268 m² or 93.7%—would be residential. A total of 1,430 residential condominium units are proposed in a mix of unit types that includes approximately 8.8% three-bedroom units and 15.5% two-bedroom units. Just shy of 7,700 m² of retail space is proposed at ground level, second level, and one level below ground, accounting for 6.3% of the total GFA.

Looking northeast to 80 Bloor West, image via submission to City of Toronto

The plan calls for the full retention of the existing 4,673 m² Harry Rosen flagship store and head office at 82 Bloor Street West, which would be integrated into a surrounding podium rising 17 storeys, or 63.5 metres above Bloor Street West. 62 more storeys of residences would be placed atop, bringing the tower to a height of 266.50 metres. If this proposal topped out today, it would stand as the 5th tallest building in the city.

Worm's-eye view of 80 Bloor West, image via submission to City of Toronto

Entrances to the main lobby space include escalators descending to a concourse level containing retail space and a connection to Bay subway station. Elevators would connect residents to a 5th-floor sky lobby. From there, the main elevator core would connect residents with their suites and amenities.

Bloor Street frontage at 80 Bloor West, image via submission to City of Toronto

Residents would have access to 2,587 m² of indoor and 1,347 m² of outdoor amenity space. Indoor amenties are found on the 4th, 5th, 15th, 16th, and 17th levels, while outdoor amenities are located on the 16th, 17th, and 62nd. The uppermost outdoor amenity space is a 538 m² terrace with commanding views to the north, south, and west.

Looking northwest to 80 Bloor West, image via submission to City of Toronto

With direct subway access included in the proposal, the plan calls for a limited parking component relative to the unit count, consisting of just 172 spaces with 140 for residents and 32 for visitors and retail, spread across a five-level underground garage. 500 bicycle parking spaces are also proposed, with 437 for residents on the third floor, while 49 for visitors and retail uses are on the retail concourse level.

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 below.

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