Many who frequent Christie Pits park may have wondered what would become of the lot at 737 Bloor Street West on the southwest corner at Grace Street. The answer: a recent proposal submitted to the City of Toronto by Terra Gold Properties Inc seeks Site Plan Approval for a 3-storey mixed use building with commercial space at grade and two two-storey residential units above. Previously, the project had been proposed as a renovation, but has since been revised to be a redevelopment. 

View of the site, looking north towards Christie Pits park (retrieved: Google Earth)

The proposal will replace the two-storey garden centre and convenience store that has lain vacant since 2014, adding an additional storey to bring the proposed building’s height up to 11 metres. While the addition represents an increase in the building’s total floor area and height, it still will not maximize its permitted 16 metres of as-of-right height.

North elevation of current building on site (retrieved: Google Earth)

The residential units will occupy approximately 260 , with the commercial portion of the building—intended for use as a restaurant with an outdoor patio space—occupying roughly 110

The residential units will consist of two floors each, with units occupying the north and south halves of the building respectively. As they have been depicted in the project’s drawings, the main floors of both units will include a kitchen and living space, with two bedrooms and a den each on the top floor. 

Floor plan for residential floors 2 and 3 [Coloured by author]

An outdoor area, where the garden centre’s plants were previously kept, will be retained as a patio space for the proposed restaurant. The space is elevated slightly above grade, overlooking Grace Street and Christie Pits park just across Bloor Street.

West elevation of current building, facing Grace Street (retrieved: Google Earth)

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