As high-rise, mid-rise, and single-family housing buildings spring up across Toronto, proposals of the intermediate "missing middle" of low-to-medium-scaled multi-residential buildings have been fewer and further between, but one such development was recently submitted to the City, seeking rezoning to allow a four-storey, purpose-built rental apartment building at 661-665 Huron Street.
The proposal from Originate Developments calls for an srm Architects-designed building to replace a pair of former single-family homes, since subdivided into apartments, at 661 and 665 Huron Street. While the existing buildings feature characteristic Annex Style architecture, various alterations and additions have degraded the buildings' aesthetic and structural integrity over the decades.
In place of these, the new 2,991 m² rental building would take on a slightly larger scale than the existing buildings, and is planned to feature architectural touches that mash up the area’s signature style with modern design. Details like brick finishes and pitched roofs would blend with the contemporary massing to form an architectural dialogue with surrounding buildings.
The proposal would bring 48 units—including 19 rental replacement units and 29 new rental units—to The Annex, planned in a mix of 31 one-bedrooms, 11-two bedrooms, and 6 three-bedrooms. There would be a minimal surface parking component at the rear of the property, accessed via the existing rear laneway, with 4 resident spaces, 2 car-share spaces, 3 visitor spaces, and 1 accessible space.
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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NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated that the two homes had become rooming houses. In fact, the homes are divided into individual apartments.