A long vacant and overgrown lot on Bloor west of High Park is one step closer to being redeveloped following an updated application to the City of Toronto seeking Site Plan Approval (SPA) was submitted last month. The project at 2115 Bloor West at Harcroft Road, known as The Howard Condos, was initially proposed in 2015 with a mid-rise design by Diamond Schmitt Architects that has evolved through the years.

Looking southeast to The Howard Condos, image via submission to City of Toronto

Initially proposed by developer Main and Main, the project is now in the hands of Hub Harcroft Developments, who submitted their latest SPA application with an aim to finalize project details for approval. The latest application for the eight-storey condo includes a tweaked design that maintains the aesthetic from previous versions while refining details.

Looking southeast to The Howard Condos, image via submission to City of Toronto

The proposal calls for a mixed-use building 25.48 metres high and a total gross floor area of 5,706 m², consisting primarily of residential space at 5,546 m², plus 569 m² of retail space. There are 54 condominium units proposed in a mix of three studios, 24 one-bedrooms, 17 two-bedrooms, and ten three-bedrooms.

Looking northwest to The Howard Condos, image via submission to City of Toronto

A material presentation board includes samples of the various finishes that would make up the building's exterior, including a mix of brick types, glazing, aluminum frames and panels, and stone detailing. With the project being named for John George Howard, Canada’s first professional architect and the benefactor who donated most of what is now High Park to the City, the use of higher-quality finishes is an important step in shaping the building's identity.

Looking northeast to The Howard Condos, image via submission to City of Toronto

With the project now far along in the planning and approvals process, a website has been set up with an active registration page. 

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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