A new proposal is poised to add a mid-rise to an under-used site in Toronto's Stockyards neighbourhood. Positioned just a 12-minute walk west of the numerous shopping opportunities at Keele Street, this proposed 11-storey rental apartment complex at 2335 St Clair Avenue West would offer more housing in an area that seen much recent transformation.

Looking southwest to 2335 St Clair West, designed by 4 Architecture Inc for Lancaster Homes

The project, from developer Lancaster Homes and designed by 4 Architecture Inc, is one of the latest additions to the neighbourhood's growing trend of mid-rise structures. The Zoning By-law Amendment application submitted for this project outlines a vision to enhance the streetscape and respond to the increasing demand for rental housing in the city.

Looking southeast to 2335 St Clair West, designed by 4 Architecture Inc for Lancaster Homes

Currently, the site is occupied by a used car lot. The Stockyards neighbourhood, with its rich history transitioning from an industrial meat-processing area to a vibrant residential community, offers an eclectic backdrop for this development.

Looking southeast to the current site, image from Google Maps

The application details a structure that stands at 39.6m in height, encompassing 11 storeys and housing 73 residential units, with one elevator. The total Gross Floor Area (GFA) would be approximately 5,388m² with a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 5.61. Its unit mix prioritizes one- and two-bedroom units, with 31 and 28 respectively, catering to professionals and families. The built form entails a 6-storey streetwall, with a series of step-backs and projecting balconies in the upper levels. 

An aerial view of the streetwall and upper-level stepbacks, designed by 4 Architecture Inc for Lancaster Homes

Plans call for 146m² of indoor and 147m² of outdoor amenity areas. The ground floor would feature a gym, lounge, pet salon, and dining room, with the 11th floor home to additional indoor amenity space connected to an outdoor terrace.

The proposal includes a single level of below-grade parking with 16 vehicle spaces, comprising 10 residential and 6 visitor spots. Plans call for 81 bicycle parking spots, with 66 long-term and 15 short-term spaces, meeting the City of Toronto’s requirements for active transportation and goals for reduced car dependency and greater use of public transit.

Site plan, image from submission to City of Toronto

Bus stops at St Clair Avenue West and Runnymede Road are just a two-minute walk away, facilitating commutes to Runnymede and High Park stations on Bloor Line 2, or St Clair West station on University Line 1. Additionally, the future St Clair-Old Weston GO station will be located approximately 1.2km away, at the northeast corner of St Clair Avenue West and Weston Road. It will offer residents bike parking and is situated a single stop away from Bloor and Mount Dennis GO stations.

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

Surrounding developments echo the mid-rise trend, with similar built forms in the vicinity contributing to the neighbourhood's character. Across the street to the north is the recently completed Stockyards District Residences at 2306 St Clair Avenue West, standing 10 storeys. Eastward, 11-storey buildings are proposed at 2255 and 2231 St Clair Avenue West. Meanwhile, 87 Ethel Avenue southeast of the site hints at future vertical growth for the neighbourhood, with four towers proposed ranging from 31 to 34 storeys.

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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