Within the Bridgepoint Health Campus in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood, Sinai Health is proposing to build the Bridgepoint Long Term Care (LTC) at Broadview Avenue and Jack Layton Way, a block north of Gerrard Street. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects for, the 20-storey, LTC facility would be situated to the east of Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital which opened in 2013. The new building aims to partly address the critical shortage of beds for Toronto's aging population.

Looking northeast to Bridgepoint Long Term Care (right), Toronto, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects for Sinai Health

Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications for the building note the critical need for LTC facilities in Ontario, particularly in Toronto where median wait times for placement in a long-term care home have only increased and are projected to worsen. Sinai Health is receiving some funding from the Province as part of its plan to add 30,000 new LTC beds over the next decade. The site, currently vacant, is addressed to 400 Broadview Avenue, and spans approximately 2,380m².

Looking northwest to the current site, image retrieved from Google Maps

The Bridgepoint LTC facility would stand at 102.23m, with a total Gross Floor Area (GFA) of 43,880m², and a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 18.4. The design facilitates a total of 392 beds; 312 beds are allocated for long-term care across 13 Resident Home Areas (RHAs) from the third to the eighth and tenth to sixteenth floors. The four uppermost floors (17-20) would house 80 beds for complex continuing care. Additionally, the facility would include specially designed family visiting rooms at the corners of the floor plates, for views of Lake Ontario, downtown Toronto, and the surrounding Don Valley.

Site plan, image from submission to City of Toronto

The application notes that LTC homes typically have 32 beds per floor, but that the site can only accommodate a 24-bed floorplate. To achieve this, the design extends up to each property line, save for a setback along Broadview Avenue on the ground and second floor. The ground floor's layout includes an adult day program space of 412m², which extends to an outdoor terrace of 57m², along with a commercial retail unit spanning 194m².

Looking southwest to Bridgepoint Long Term Care, Toronto, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects for Sinai Health

The development forgoes vehicular parking facilities, capitalizing on the underused existing parking infrastructure of the nearby Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital. For cyclists and visitors, the plan includes 28 long-term bicycle parking spaces situated on the ground floor and an additional 12 short-term spaces conveniently located at grade along Broadview Avenue. 

Currently, the site is served by multiple streetcar routes, including the Dundas and King cars which travel along Broadview Avenue, and the Carlton car which travels along Gerrard Street, all a short walk away. Broadview subway station is just over 1km to the north. Looking ahead, the Ontario Line will feature a station at Gerrard Street East and Carlaw Avenue, approximately 850m from the site, while Broadview Avenue will be extended south to a new GO and subway station at East Harbour which will include new streetcar service.

Surrounding current and future transit, image from submission to City of Toronto

The Bridgepoint Campus is undergoing a multi-phased redevelopment aimed at enhancing healthcare services across the area. As the home of the Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital and the historic Don Jail (repurposed as office space), the LTC will take one of three vacant blocks for redevelopment.

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


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