A Zoning By-law Amendment application to the City of Toronto looks to add new density on a challenging site at 1405 Bloor Street West. Located approximately halfway between Dundas West and Lansdowne subway stations, the proposal by Lamb Development Corporation through limited subsidiary Lamb Sterling seeks zoning for an 18 storey building that steps down to 12 and then to 4 storeys to the south.

Designed by architectsAlliance, the application would add 326 residential dwelling units with a mix of 49 bachelor units, 197 one bedroom units, 43 two bedroom units, and 37 three bedroom units. While the 21,384 m² proposal is predominantly residential, 237 m² of retail at grade is also proposed in the 67.5 m tall building. 101 parking spaces are proposed underground, accessible via two car elevators. 330 bicycle parking spaces are also proposed for the building–which would front the new Bloor bike lane extension–with 296 for residents, and 34 for guests.

Rendering of 1405 Bloor St W, noting the extension south of Bloor. Image via submission to City of Toronto

The proposal site–which encompasses 1405, 1407, 1409, and 1409A Bloor Street West, and 229, 231, and 231A Sterling Road–is quite narrow, extending far south of Bloor. It abuts Sterling Road at its south end, and Ruttan Street on the east side at the north end. While houses line Sterling Road, and new townhomes are across Ruttan, an aging multi-use warehouse extends south from where Ruttan ends at Merchant Lane. Both sides are zoned as apartment neighbourhoods, while Bloor Street is zoned for mixed use. 

Map of the proposed development, noting the slender but long site. Image via submission to City of Toronto

While the 1405 Bloor West proposal requires zoning amendments, it falls within the Dundas West-Bloor Mobility Hub, as defined by the 2019 Growth Plan. The site is also within 200 m of the West Toronto Railpath, Bloor GO station, UP Express’ Bloor station, and the planned Bloor-Lansdowne GO Regional Express Rail (RER) station. Despite the great transit and cycling connections, the developer is also seeking an Official Plan amendment in regard to the boundary of the mixed-use areas designation.

Bloor St W frontage, highlighting the narrow site. 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 in the space provided on this page.

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