In an area dubbed the McCleary District — for a local park in Toronto's Port Lands — a mixed-use development in the early planning stages has been submitted by Castlepoint Numa at 115 Saulter Street South. Designed by COBE Architects, the proposal beside the area’s emerging Film Studio District includes 40- and 45-storey residential towers, along with retail spaces and production studios.

Looking northwest to the massing model for 115 Saulter Street South, designed by COBE Architects for Castlepoint Numa

The development site currently consists of a warehouse bounded by Saulter Street South to the west, privately owned land to the north and south, and municipally owned land to the east. The McCleary District, located centrally at the north end of the Port Lands at Lake Shore and Logan, is poised for significant growth. Adjacent to existing film studios, the site is positioned near major infrastructure projects supporting the ongoing transformation of the Port Lands into a dense, transit-oriented community.

Looking east to the current warehouse onsite, image retrieved from Google Maps

The proposed development envisions two residential towers rising to 40 storeys (125m) and 45 storeys (140m) from a shared seven-storey podium. The project would introduce 1,300 new residential units, significantly contributing to the housing supply in the Port Lands. With a total Gross Floor Area (GFA) of approximately 79,060m², residential use represents the majority at 73,650m² while 5,410m² is for non-residential purposes. The Floor Space Index on the site would be 12.61.

Site plan, designed by COBE Architects for Castlepoint Numa

The non-residential GFA includes 2,080m² dedicated to street-level retail spaces and 3,330m² for Production, Interactive, and Creative (PIC) uses. The PIC space is designed as a flexible “black box” studio to support and enhance the existing film industry in the Port Lands. The development also features eight elevators, with four in each tower, resulting in a ratio of one elevator per approximately 163 units, indicating extremely long wait times for residents.

Building base program, image from submission to City of Toronto

Parking provisions include a two-level underground garage with 175 spaces for residents, 15 for visitors, and 26 for the PIC uses. Additionally, the design provides 1,170 long-term and 286 short-term bicycle spaces, along with 10 publicly accessible spaces.

Ground floor plan, designed by COBE Architects for Castlepoint Numa

Major roads such as the Don Valley Parkway, Gardiner Expressway,  and Lake Shore Boulevard East provide convenient vehicular access. Presently, the area is served by TTC bus routes running along Commissioners Street, providing links to Pape and Union stations. Cyclists can utilize the nearby Martin Goodman Trail, an extensive east-west multi-use path that runs along the waterfront, as well as cycle lanes on Logan Avenue.

Significant transit improvements are planned for the Port Lands. East Harbour station, now under construction, is set to become a major transit interchange by bringing together GO trains, Ontario Line 3, and a TTC streetcar route via the Broadview Avenue extension. The proposed Waterfront East LRT (WELRT) extension, though not funded or scheduled at this time, could extend the existing waterfront LRT network east of Union Station close to the site in the future.

An aerial view of the site and surrounding current and future transit, image from submission to City of Toronto

Directly north of the site is a proposal for dual 35-storey towers at 685 Lake Shore Boulevard East. To the northeast, 120 Bouchette Street calls for three towers ranging from 43 to 49 storeys. South of the site, the construction of Pinewood Toronto Studios and the Basin Media Hub highlights the Port Lands' emerging role as a vital centre for Toronto’s film industry, with new facilities and office spaces rising to five storeys.

Map of Lower Don Lands, image from submission to City of Toronto

Northwest of the site, the expansive East Harbour site encompasses 60-acres slated for 15 buildings, ranging from 23 to 65 storeys, plus new streets and parkland. Further west, the Lower Don Lands redevelopment is bringing significant changes, with 309 Cherry Street, also from Castlepoint Numa, being the first of the proposals there, proposing three towers from 8 to 47 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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