Over five years since it was initially proposed in a rezoning submission to the City of Toronto, plans continue to evolve for a mid-rise residential development at Bathurst Street and Glencairn Avenue. The plan from Riverking Developments LP would bring a nine-storey, IBI Group-designed building to 2795 Bathurst Street, a site currently home to a group of buildings that include a single-storey, Art-Deco former bank branch at the intersection's northeast corner.

Looking northeast to 2795 Bathurst Street, image via submission to City of Toronto

The proposal has been evolving since the initial 2015 Zoning By-law Amendment submission, with tweaks included in a 2017 Official Plan Amendment application, an updated design revealed at the start of 2019 following a settlement being reached at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), and now once again with the project's initial submission for Site Plan Approval. 

The latest design is the biggest change to the proposed building's aesthetic since the initially proposal, with a newly-introduced look that includes darker brick finishes replacing the previous red brick, and a new terraced massing with curved floor-plates and warehouse style windows for the corner and upper volumes. One of the most notable updates is the acquisition of the former bank building on the corner. While the bank building would not be retained in the latest plan, its curved design informs the updated massing for the building's rounded corner volume.

Previous and current plans for 2795 Bathurst Street, image via submission to City of Toronto

The total gross floor area (GFA) of 15,570 m² is an increase from the initial proposal's 13,900 m², and is now planned in a mix of 14,720 m² of residential and 850 m² of non-residential GFA, increasing from 13,150 m² residential and 750 m² retail in the 2015 plan.

Bathurst Street frontage at 2795 Bathurst Street, image via submission to City of Toronto

The plan now calls for 165 units, increasing from the 150 units initially proposed in 2015, and approved in the LPAT settlement. These are proposed in a mix of 89 one-bedrooms, 60 two-bedrooms, and 16 three-bedroom units. While previously planned as rentals, the latest submission leaves the units' tenure to be determined at a later date.

The building would have a three-level underground garage with 174 parking spaces, increased from 161, in a mix of 142 spaces for residents, 24 for residential visitors, and 8 for the retail and non-residential uses.

Looking northeast to 2795 Bathurst Street, image via submission to City of Toronto

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