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Developers have big plans for Toronto’s Midtown. In September alone, the City received no shortage of major development proposals -- some leaning mixed-use, others decidedly family-friendly, and all promising to add density to the rapidly growing area.

And now, a forthcoming development is ticking all those boxes and more… albeit, two applications later.

In April 2022, a revised proposal was resubmitted to the City on behalf of Hazelview Investments proposing to redevelop 40 Raglan Avenue for a 29-storey residential building. The revised proposal, featuring a design by Graziani + Corazza Architects, was approved by Council in July 2022.

The new development will replace an existing seven-storey rental building, but will offer more than four times the density, containing 274 residential units, including 62 rental replacement units. The units will be a mix of bachelor units, one bedrooms, one bedrooms plus den, two bedrooms, two bedrooms plus den, and three bedrooms.

The initial rezoning and rental housing demolition applications -- submitted to the City in September 2021 and later rejected -- detailed redevelopment of the site for a 28-storey apartment building (96.6 metres in height, including mechanical penthouse), with 279 dwelling units (over 21,148 square metres of residential GFA) and four levels of underground parking.”

The revised proposal contained a few key differences, including “increasing the west tower set back from 7.5 m to 10.0 m… while decreasing the east tower set back from 6.7 m to 5.2 m and the north tower set back from 6.0 m to 5.5 m” which would reduce the tower floorplate, according to the planning rationale.

Screen shot 2022 10 13 at 11Graziani + Corazza Architects

With the tower floorplate reduced, the total GFA would be increased from 21,148 square metres to 21,551 square metres, with 21,287 square metres of residential gross floor area, 245 square metres of community space gross floor area, and 19 square metres of micro-retail gross floor area. The micro-retail and community spaces are exclusive to the revised proposal.

The revised proposal also bears some similarities to the 2021 application; it maintains the proposed improvements to the public realm along Raglan Avenue, as well as the proposed on-site parkland of 174 square metres.

The subject site is located in the heart of Midtown’s Cedarvale neighbourhood, with the St. Clair West subway station and the St. Clair streetcar line around the corner. The future residents of 40 Raglan Avenue will be able to enjoy an all-inclusive lifestyle, with everything they could need just steps away.

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