Collecdev Inc. and Northrop Development Corporation share a unique vision to build communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. These ideals inform all the fundamental drivers of 300 Bloor Street West—from the early planning stages, through to community engagement and project design.
Bloor Street defines Toronto’s character on so many levels that it can be considered an icon from a historical, cultural and community perspective. The street passes through several neighbourhoods of historical and multicultural significance. And Bloor Street forms the southern edge of The Annex, one of the city’s most beloved and diverse neighbourhoods which in and of itself, contains an awe-inspiring cross-section of Toronto’s identity.
Designed by the award-winning KPMB Architects, 300 Bloor Street West will provide the Bloor Street United Church with a membership and community base empowered by the ability to leverage its assets and modernize its facilities. Through the combined efforts of heritage consultants ERA Architects and KPMB Architects, a design solution has been developed to showcase the church’s original architectural merits with new contemporary features such as a glazed promenade.
This approach will not only permit more flexible community uses, but when combined with the addition of a 35-storey residential tower clad in an energy-efficient curtain wall, ensures the economical viability of the overall project in the foreseeable future.
The Annex represents a mature and stable neighbourhood demanding a high level of care so that future developments will only add to its urban fabric and social mix. To maintain its stable demographic base, it is also important for The Annex to maintain a high-quality offering of residences for purchase in an increasingly expensive Toronto real estate market. Because of this market reality, the type of residences being offered for purchase at 300 Bloor Street West will contribute to the ongoing sustainability and liveability of the neighbourhood. 300 Bloor Street West represents the aspirations of Collecdev, Northrop and the Bloor Street United Church as a development that offers an attractive package through progressive design that maintains an existing heritage building, supports community engagement, while delivering state-of-the-art architecture that is intended for contemporary living and environmental sustainability community for decades to come.