Bloor West Village's character has evolved over the decades, with treed, comfortable residential areas bracketing the retail and restaurant strip, all low-rise, but now slowly giving way to some mid-rise redevelopments. Located across the street from Jane station on Bloor Line 2, a proposed redevelopment at 2453 through 2469 Bloor Street West, developed by the partnership of Leader Lane Developments and Windmill Development Group looks to introduce a mixed-use development to this West End Toronto neighbourhood.

An aerial view looking south to 2453-2469 Bloor Street West, designed by BDP Quadrangle for Leader Lane Developments and Windmill Development Group Ltd

The partners have submitted an application to the City that seeks a Zoning By-law Amendment to transform the site into a modern 12-storey mixed-use structure, set to bring 91 new residential units and at-grade retail spaces to the area. There are two elevators in the design, resulting in approximately one elevator for every 46 units.

Situated between South Kingsway and Jane Street, the site is approximately 1,200m² in area and currently houses two-storey brick buildings with a mix of retail and office spaces. Designed by BDP Quadrangle with sustainability in mind, the 8,250m² building would leverage mass timber construction and geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Looking south to the current site, image from Google Maps

The site's accessibility is a notable feature, as it is conveniently located near Jane station, providing easy access to Bloor Line 2 and several bus routes. The station is just 90m and a 1-minute walk away from the site, placing the site within its Major Transit Station Area. For cyclists, Bloor Street now boasts separated cycle tracks that extend east to Downtown and west to Islington Avenue, while the nearby Humber River ravine parks to the west features multi-use trails that run north-south.

An aerial view of the site and surrounding area, image from submission to City of Toronto

The proposal's ground floor is set to feature approximately 260m² of retail space along Bloor. The second floor of the building would offer two residential units and an indoor amenity area in the northern part, while the southern part would feature four units with projecting terraces and a green roof atop the first floor.

Approximately 370m² of indoor and outdoor amenity space would be incorporated into the project. This includes 186m² of indoor amenity area located on the second floor, as well as 184m² of outdoor amenity areas found on the ground floor and the roof, at the top of the 12th floor.

Ground floor plan, image from submission to City of Toronto

Vehicular access to the parking and loading areas would be provided from the existing laneway to the south of the site. The development proposes a single-level underground garage housing a total of 38 resident parking spaces, plus 2 visitor parking spaces at-grade to the south. Additionally, the project includes 111 bicycle parking spaces distributed between P1 and the ground level, with 82 for long-term and 19 for short-term use.

2453-2469 Bloor Street West from Jane and Bloor, designed by BDP Quadrangle for Leader Lane Developments and Windmill Development Group Ltd

With its strategic location, efficient design, and sustainable features, the proposal is poised to become a part of the evolving character of the Bloor West Village neighbourhood, which has witnessed the approval and construction of several mid-rise buildings in recent years. This project would stand alongside other nearby developments including the 12-storey Bijou on Bloor, currently under construction across the street to the north, Tridel's mid-rise Old Mill buildings that are now about a decade old just to the west, and the proposed 8-storey 2265 Bloor West to the east near Runnymede station, further highlighting the neighbourhood's continuing growth.

UrbanToronto will continue to follow progress on this development, but in the meantime, you can learn more about it from our Database file, linked below. If you'd like, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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Related Companies:  Aercoustics Engineering Ltd, ASPECT Structural Engineers, BDP Quadrangle, Bousfields, Crozier & Associates Consulting Engineers, EQ Building Performance Inc., LEA Consulting, Leader Lane Developments, Multiplex, RWDI Climate and Performance Engineering