A newly resubmitted application to the City of Toronto spells out changes to a proposed condominium development at 135 Portland Street in the Fashion District. The plan from Adi Development Group has evolved from a 2017 proposal with a design by Quadrangle following a 2019 OMB settlement over the zoning. The latest Site Plan Approval (SPA) application addresses comments from various City departments and agencies in response to a 2019 SPA, and includes a revised design by Core Architects, largely retaining the previous massing while incorporating dark exterior finishes into the design.

Still planned at 16 storeys, the building is now proposed to reach a height of 49.9 metres, falling slightly from the previous height of 52.7 metres. A total gross floor area of 8,224 m² is proposed entirely as residential space, containing 129 condominium units (increased from 117) proposed in a mix of 13 studios, 52 one-bedrooms, 51 two-bedrooms, and 13 three-bedrooms. No retail or office space is included in the proposal.

Looking northwest to 135 Portland, image via submission to City of Toronto

The current plan maintains many of the changes introduced in the previous submission, including the planned in-situ retention of the exterior of a row of Gothic Revival townhouses on site. Above, the 16-storey tower volume largely maintains the massing shown in earlier renderings, but with a revised exterior now planned with a mix of dark finishes primarily consisting of black metal panels and clear glazing.

Other changes introduced in the new version include a street-level canopy being pulled away from the heritage buildings and raised to meet the level two floor line, aimed to avoid disrupting a south-facing brick wall, and providing a clearer view of the retained heritage component, as well as the revision of a decorative metal fence to a lighter design for the townhouse frontage. Some of the less visible changes include the addition of a pet wash area on the ground floor, and adding 130 bike parking spaces on the P1 parking level.

Previous and current versions of the proposal, image via submission to City of Toronto

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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