KENSINGTON MARKET REDEVELOPMENT
near Dundas Street West & Spadina Avenue
A new rental building in Kensington Market
The current proposal is for a 5-storey, student-focused residential rental building with 77 units and ground-floor retail space. The building provides a 3-storey base that complements the 2-3 storey buildings on St. Andrew Street and Kensington Avenue, and steps back from the base on the 4th and 5th floors. The building will feature a mix of unit sizes, with approximately 80% studios and 1-bedroom units and 20% 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom units to accommodate a variety of residents, including students and families. The design respects Kensington’s unique mixed-use character and incorporates enhancements to the public realm to contribute to the active streetscape that distinguishes this neighborhood.
A new, student-focused rental development in one of Toronto’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.
The building responds to Kensington’s distinctive character, while contributing to incremental changes around the neighbourhood.
The proposed building includes 1,400 square feet of retail space fronting onto St. Andrew Street, contributing to the mixed-use feel of the Market. With a generous setback at ground level and thoughtful additions to the public realm, the building would contribute to Kensington’s close-knit community.
The project is entirely purpose-built rental, supporting the need for rental housing in Kensington Market. With a mix of unit sizes, it would accommodate a need for student housing while offering options for families (2- and 3-bedroom units). By introducing residential and retail uses to a lot that is currently vacant, the project would animate the site’s location in the Market.
The site has excellent access to transit, bike lanes, and a bustling pedestrian environment. The new development would integrate with the surrounding transportation networks while widening the sidewalks and improving pedestrian connections to support the high volumes of pedestrian traffic on St. Andrew Street and Kensington Avenue.
The City of Toronto has scheduled two opportunities for community members to participate in the consultation process for 17 St. Andrew, Councillor Layton will be in attendance at both sessions:
Community Consultation Meeting
In-person Drop-in Session*
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
17 St. Andrew parking lot
*Note: the in-person session will follow guidance from public health officials at the time of the event. Masks and physical distancing will be enforced.
Here you will find all materials submitted to the City as a part of our application.
We will also provide materials presented at community consultations.
Application for Zoning By-law Amendment
Toronto Green Standards Checklist
Heritage Impact Statement
Transportation Impact Study
Civil and Utilities Plans
Landscape and Lighting Plans
Project Data Sheet
Draft Zoning Bylaw Amendment 569-2013
Draft Zoning Bylaw Amendment FGZBL
Public Consultation Strategy Report
What are you planning for the site?
What kind of units would the building include?
What is the site’s history?
In October 2015 St. Andrew Poultry closed its doors, and ever since, the building at 17 St. Andrew has been vacant. We purchased the site in 2018 and are looking forward to improving it by introducing a new rental residential building.
Will there be student housing?
What will happen to the building currently on the property?
The original 2-storey commercial structure would be demolished to accommodate the proposed new building.
What are the heritage considerations?
How much car parking will be included?
While the proposed building does not include vehicular parking, there is a multi-level Green P parking structure directly across the street with 504 spaces.
Will the building include bicycle parking?
Recognizing that many residents get around by bicycle, the proposal includes 156 bike parking spaces on the ground floor and basement levels, including 144 long-term spaces for residents.
Will there be a loading area?
There will be a loading area accessed from the existing laneway immediately to the west of the site. By moving loading off of St. Andrew Street, obstructions to pedestrian movement will be minimized.
What is the timing for this project?
We submitted our development application in October 2019. We anticipate that the review process will take several months. We have also had discussions with community groups, City Staff, and Councillor Layton regarding the proposal, and will continue these discussions throughout the application process.
How can I get involved?
We welcome your general input as well as specific feedback about the proposal. Please scroll down to ask a question or provide your comments on this proposal. We will also be updating this page with events, including public meetings, where there will be opportunities to get involved and provide feedback.