Development at Bloor Street West and High Park to feature 17-storey mixed-use building

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

A proposed development at 1930-1938 Bloor Street West and adjacent properties in Toronto are set to transform the area across from the city’s iconic High Park. Situated near the High Park subway station, the site spans about 1,420 square meters and currently houses low and mid-rise rental buildings.

The new project is in line with Toronto’s goals of urban intensification and aims to provide a high-density, mixed-use space for the growing community.

The 17-story building, designed by Baron Nelson Architects, boasts a striking aesthetic with contrasting white and orange volumes. This unique design requires meticulous attention to material selection and construction methods to ensure durability and maintain the visual impact.

To support the structure’s height and address geotechnical challenges such as soil stability and groundwater conditions, deep foundation systems will be necessary. Additionally, the proximity to the subway station introduces the need for vibration analysis and mitigation during construction and ongoing operation to protect the transit system and the surrounding area.

The development will include 132 condominium units, primarily multi-bedroom, appealing to families seeking urban living options. Larger unit layouts mean innovative design and efficient space usage will be necessary to provide family-friendly amenities within the building’s footprint.

The project also includes 12 rental units in accordance with the city’s rental replacement policy, requiring a phased construction approach to minimize displacement and maintain housing continuity for current tenants.

Incorporating 379 square metres of ground-floor retail space, 63 parking spaces, and 159 bicycle spaces, the development aims to create a comprehensive community hub. Sustainable construction practices will be employed to minimize environmental impact, including green roofs, energy-efficient systems, and waste reduction measures during the build. Additionally, the design team will focus on integrating the building with the surrounding parkland, enhancing the public realm and positively impacting the local ecosystem.

Navigating Toronto’s planning and approval process will involve coordination with multiple municipal departments and compliance with zoning and development regulations. Engaging with the local community and stakeholders will be crucial, especially given the potential impact on the ambiance of High Park.

The construction of a high-rise in this locale necessitates deep foundation systems to support the vertical load and address any potential geotechnical challenges, such as soil stability and groundwater conditions. The proximity to the subway station adds complexity, requiring vibration analysis and mitigation during both construction and operation phases to prevent structural and acoustic impacts on the transit system and the surrounding area.

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