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FOCUS: Developments on your doorstep (Mar. 2023)

April 12th, 2023 · No Comments

New and continuing developments in the Bloor/Spadina area

By Fox Oliver

The annual Annex Gleaner development synopsis will now be published over a series of editions. The sheer volume of developments in our area requires this. Where possible images of the current site will be presented with architectural renderings of what is proposed/being constructed for that location. 

The KESKUS International Estonian Centre design.

9-11 Madison Ave. (KESKUS International Estonian Centre) Construction on the KESKUS International Estonian Centre, located at 9-11 Madison Ave., began in April, 2022. 

KESKUS will be replacing the Toronto Estonian House, originally located near Danforth Ave. and Broadview Ave., as the cornerstone for Estonian heritage, community, and culture in Toronto.

The construction of the centre is also meant to encourage business relations between Canada and Estonia. 

The interior of the building will feature a large event and performance space that will be made available to the public, as well as spaces for other Estonian services. 

This project has a budget of $41 million and an estimated completion date of October 2024. Rendering from Keskus Website.

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300 Bloor St. W. now and to come.

300 Bloor St. W. Demolition has begun for the 29-storey Cielo Condos at 300 Bloor St. W. and platforms have been prepared to begin the shoring process, according to a statement from the developer.

The condominium will be one mixed-use structure built alongside and behind the historic Bloor Street United Church at 300 Bloor St. W. 

The majority of the existing church, built in 1886, and the entirety of the Pigeon House will be retained, with only some of the northern and western parts of the building requiring demolition.

The building will have 284 units, retail/café space, and office space. Worship, community, and office space for the church will also be provided.

The developer is contributing $2.3 million towards capital improvements for new or existing Toronto Community Housing units and/or affordable housing over a 15-year period, as no affordable housing will be part of the new development. 

As of October 2022, 90 per cent of the condos had been sold and prices of the remaining units start at $1,253,000. Building occupancy is scheduled for 2026. 

316 Bloor St. W. now and to come.

316 Bloor St. W. v After a successful OMB application a condition permit has been issued by the city to construct a new 31-storey mixed-use building with at grade commercial, 403 residential units and 3 levels of underground parking. 

Located at the northwest corner of Bloor St. W. and Madison Ave., the 341 units within the building will be a mix of condominium, commercial, and outdoor spaces. 

A three-and-a-half office building currently on the site will need to be demolished for construction to occur. 

Rendering from State Building Group’s Website.

320 Bloor St. W. now and to come.

320-332 Bloor St. W. This proposed vast 37-storey building, designed by BDP Quadrangle and developed by First Capital, sits at the northeast corner of Spadina Ave. and Bloor St. W., directly across the street from the proposed 334-350 Bloor St. W. development. 

While the building has not begun construction yet, the developers are currently waiting for consent to build an overhang in favour of 316 Bloor St. W. 

An estimated completion date of 2026 for the building is listed on BDP Quadrangle’s website. The building would contain 366 residential units, which are not currently designated as rental or condo units. 

The building is planned to have retail space at grade, two publicly accessible spaces bookending the site, pedestrian access from Bloor St. W. to Paul Martel Park, and access to Spadina Station. 

The building’s exterior will feature a distinct vertical terracotta pattern, intended to add depth and design to its facade. 

Rendering from BDP Quadrangle’s Website.

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334 Bloor St. W. now and to come.

334-350 Bloor St. W. This 35-storey condominium proposed to take over the northwest corner of Spadina Ave. and Bloor St. W. is still in the community planning phase. 

Its construction would force out the 7-Eleven, Tim Hortons, and office spaces that exist on the lot currently. On July 27, 2022, Toronto’s Director of Community Planning shared a report recommending that city council approve the decision to construct this building.

The building would be mixed-use, containing 422 residential units, 8,200 square metres of non-residential floor space, and 3,716 square metres of office use space. 

An “Urban Living Room,” surrounded by kiosks, would be built on the ground floor, and public art by an Indigenous artist is proposed to be incorporated in the design. 

Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2024 and last for 42 months. The TTC’s original plans to extend the Spadina subway platform in 2040 may be advanced to coincide with this construction which will be happening overhead.

Rendering from the applicant’s submission to the city.

700 Spadina Ave. pre-construction and to come.

700 Spadina Ave.  The University of Toronto’s project to construct a 70 metre-high, 23-storey student residence is still underway. 

The building is planned to house 508 students and provide student amenity space, as well as retail space along Spadina Ave. A small townhouse is also being built on the site. Above-grade construction began in the summer of 2022, and as of the beginning of the 2023 new year, the seventh and eighth floors are being constructed. 

The streetscaping along Spadina Ave. and Sussex Ave. is planned to be completed by the fall of 2023, with the entire project planned to be completed and ready for occupancy by the fall of 2024. 

Rendering from University of Toronto Website. More info:


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