Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood is soon to see another ‘gentle density’ proposal by an Ontario numbered company developer looking to construct a six-storey building at 1488 Queen Street West. The mixed-use project would rise 6-storeys, house two retail units at grade, and 29 loft-style units above. The site is currently home to a single-storey Guardian Pharmacy location. 

Perspective rendering of 1488 Queen West, image from the public consultation presentation on

Designed by IBI Group, the pre-application design is for a building massed in 4 stepped-back volumes, alternating between red and black brick for the first three step-backs, and transitioning to a window-wall façade for the mechanical penthouse above. In-all, the building would rise 25.5 metres in height.

Southern elevation of 1488 Queen West, image from the public consultation presentation on

The design was recently presented at a pre-application public consultation, a step more developers now take before submitting Zoning Bylaw Amendments or Site Plan Approval applications to the City, to receive community feedback to better inform their development strategy and hopefully eventually gain support. According to, the reaction to the building was poor, with residents claiming it looked too much like the Tim Hortons down the street, a two-storey infill development with 4 residential units completed by Old Stonehenge Development Corporation in 2010. 

The Tim Hortons that residents are referencing, image courtesy of Old Stonehenge Development Corporation

With the consultation occurring just last week, it will be interesting to see how and if the proposal changes architecturally before it is fully submitted for City review. 

The current Guardian Pharmacy as it currently stands, image from the public consultation presentation on

In the meantime, you can learn more about 1488 Queen West by visiting the database file linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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Related Companies:  IBI Group