On the east side of Dundas Street West just north of Bloor, a resubmitted plan proposes more height and density than first sought. Beside Bloor GO and UPX station and across from Dundas West station in Toronto's West Bend neighbourhood, revised plans for 2400 Dundas Street West call for a trio of high-rises designed by Giannone Petricone Associates for Fora Developments, ranging from 25 to 42 storeys, plus a new public park.

Looking northeast to 2400 Dundas Street West, designed by Giannone Petricone Associates for Fora Developments

The site encompasses 2400 and 2440 Dundas Street West, spanning approximately 11,143m². It is occupied by low-rise commercial buildings, including a single-story grocery store and a two-story commercial structure housing a drug store and a car rental agency. Surrounded by a mix of residential properties and retail, it also provides surface parking and direct access to the Bloor GO station passenger pick-up and drop-off loop.

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

In March, 2023, Fora Developments first submitted a Zoning By-law Amendment application proposing 18, 25, and 36 storeys. Prominent among the feedback was the call for a dedicated on-site parkland, enhancements to the pedestrian experience, and the integration of the existing Shoppers Drug Mart facade into the new development.

Previous plan, designed by Giannone Petricone Associates for Fora Developments

This revised proposal presents a notably denser and taller vision. It still calls for three mixed-use towers, but reaches heights of 90.8m/25 storeys, 130.8m/37 storeys, and 142.8m/42 storeys, while the total proposed units have jumped from 873 to 1,214. The Gross Floor Area (GFA) has also expanded from 58,900m² to 78,179m², pushing the Floor Space Index (FSI) from 5.3 to 7.0 across the site. Amenities would total 4,856m², divided equally between indoor and outdoor facilities.

An aerial view looking southeast to 2400 Dundas Street West, designed by Giannone Petricone Associates for Fora Developments

Architecturally, the site has been reorganized to accommodate the increased scale and public space requirements. The initial layout featured less distinct separation between the towers; however, the revised plan would introduce a more defined massing strategy. The design includes two principal buildings, with the two towers on the south end rising from a shared, bent L-shaped podium. Notably, the ground level would now include a 1,044m² public park and a 303m² POPS (Privately-Owned Publicly-accessible Space).

Site plan, designed by Giannone Petricone Associates for Fora Developments

With three elevators in the shortest tower, and four in each of the taller ones, there would be approximately one elevator per 87, 115, and 124 units respectively, indicating longer than preferable wait times for residents in the two tallest towers. Within one level of underground garage, vehicular parking has been reduced from 212 spaces to 100 resident and 72 visitor spots. Bicycle parking facilities have increased from the previous total of 989, now set to include 243 short-term and 1,093 long-term spaces, and 37 non-resident spots.

Ground floor plan, designed by Giannone Petricone Associates for Fora Developments

Located within the Dundas West-Bloor Mobility Hub. Dundas West station is 200m away, or a mere 3-minute walk. Bloor GO / Union Pearson Express station is just 50m away, or a one-minute walk. For cyclists, there is the nearby West Toronto Railpath, along with bike lanes on Davenport Road, Dupont Street, and Bloor Street. Future transit enhancements are also on the horizon, with a direct connection between Bloor and Dundas West stations now under construction, and the GO Expansion program aiming to increase service frequency and to electrify the lines to improve regional transit efficiency.

Map of the site and surrounding current and future transit, image from submission to City of Toronto

There are many other proposals nearby, along with current and recent construction projects. To the north, closer to Dupont Street, Junction Point is nearing completion at 8 storeys, while Grain Lofts calls for 10 storeys. Southwest towards Keele station, construction on the 13-storey Westbend Residences progresses, with nearby proposals at 1728 and 1730 Bloor Street West aiming for 19 and 25 storeys respectively. Along Bloor Street to the southeast, proposals include the 14-storey 1439 Bloor Street West, 19-storey Sterling Automotive, and 20-storey development at 1425 Bloor Street West. Further south, the Sterling Master Plan includes the 14-storey 150 Sterling Road under construction and the proposed 39-storey 158 Sterling Road. South of the site, construction of the 27-storey LNX Residences at Bloor and Dundas is essentially done, with a 27-storey proposal at 1540 Bloor Street West. A massive redevelopment planned for 2280 Dundas Street West would transform the existing shopping centre into a seven-building community ranging from 6 to 38 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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Related Companies:  Arcadis, Bousfields, EQ Building Performance Inc., Fora Developments, Giannone Petricone Associates, Groundwater Environmental Management Services Inc. (GEMS), Jablonsky, Ast and Partners, MCW Consultants Ltd