A bustling pocket of downtown Toronto, in the heart of Little Portugal, will soon see a new mid-rise development, the likes of which have been in the works since 2021.

In February, Ontario planning firm Bousfields Inc. filed a Site Plan Control application with the City on behalf of real estate development and investment firm Block Developments. The application outlines plans to construct an eight-storey mixed-use building at 1494-1502 Dundas Street West, situated on the northwest corner of Dundas Street West and Dufferin Street in Brockton Village.

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If realized, the proposed development would bring 57 new residential units to the area. In addition to 3,900 sq. m of residential gross floor area (GFA), 407 sq. m of non-residential GFA is proposed, to be used to accommodate a retail component. Also proposed are indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, 18 stacked parking spaces, and 57 bicycle parking spaces.

The application includes renderings by Toronto architectural studio RAW Design depicting a sleek brick front facade with inset picket railing balconies and bird-friendly, spandrel glazing on the base component, as well as clear glazing, precast panelling, and architectural louvre on the uppermost levels.

Renderings also show a series of tiered terraces and green roofs, also slated for the uppermost levels.

Eight-storey mixed-use development proposed for Dundas WestRAW Design

The proposed Dundas West development has been a long time coming. In March 2021, a Zoning By-law Amendment application was presented to City Council with respect to the subject site, and in May 2021, Council green-lit the site for redevelopment. The associated Zoning By-laws 952-2021 and 953-2021 were adopted by Council in October 2021.

A second development, at 646-648 Dufferin Street and 1-3 Boland Lane, is also underway at an adjacent site. Also eight-storeys in height, the building will contain 135 residential units.

Both developments have been approved and the Site Plan Control applications are currently under review by the City.