Anyone who drives along Bloor Street past High Park on a regular basis will have noticed the clump of abandoned and boarded up homes on the north side between Oakmount and Pacific. A plan to demolish these homes and build a condo building has been evolving over the past five years or so and is slowly converging toward approval by the City; in fact, the demolition phase is already underway. The Daniels group has proposed to build a 14 storey, mixed-use building at this location, called 1844 Bloor Street West. The mixed-use building will consist of approximately 378 residential units, a free-standing daycare facility, indoor and outdoor amenity areas and approximately 1,500 square metres of ground floor retail space. Local residents have a number of concerns about this building and a working group has been struck including Daniels, City Planning and local residents. Meanwhile, Daniels is appealing an Etobicoke York Community Council decision to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). After years of wrangling between the developer and the City, it appears as if all this is converging slowly toward an approved application, maybe even sometime this year (but don’t hold your breath).
1990 & 2114 Bloor St West
North Drive Investments is proposing two redevelopment projects, a 12-storey, mixed-use building at 1990 Bloor St. West (just east of Clendenan) and a 10-storey mixed-use building at 2114 Bloor St. West (just east of Glendonwynne). As in the case of 1844 Bloor St. West, local residents don’t much like what the developer is proposing. No application has yet been submitted, and no timetable has yet been suggested. Even so, either or both of these could reach the approved application stage before 1844 Bloor St. West.
It’s been about 10 years since the old Swansea Plaza at 34 Southport Street was abandoned. After two aborted condo projects by another developer, the State Building Group seems to be on the right track to getting something done with this location. An application was submitted to the City about 10 months ago and, while the wheels grind ever so slowly, the application could be approved sometime this year. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.