Replacing a former 7-11 store in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood east of the downtown core, this mixed-use building for Hullmark Developments comprises retail functions on the ground floor, along with five storeys of rental apartment units above. Fronting busy Queen Street East, the building provides an opportunity for intensification and an alternative housing model to the predominantly single-family residential building stock in the area.
Consistent in scale and height with the neighbouring buildings on this block, the development reads as only four storeys; the top two floors are set back in deference to the datum line of the street and the scale of the neighbourhood. Similarly, setbacks are employed at the rear of the building, which terraces down to reduce massing and to preserve views. The resulting roof decks, patios and balconies on the upper levels offer the additional benefit of prized outdoor space for tenants.
Contextual sensitivity is evidenced by the use of brick as the primary cladding material, reflecting the texture and tone of the existing buildings along the street. And in keeping with the established use and function of Queen Street, the 4,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space offered by this development ensures a continuous and lively street edge while fostering commercial enterprise.
A mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments of the 52 units available offer choice to a wide variety of potential tenants; singles, couples and families are all accommodated. Despite the compact nature of the project, amenity space is available in the ground-floor lobby for tenants to socialize, fostering a sense of community. Further opportunities for engagement exist on the rooftop with a party room that accesses a generously scaled wraparound outdoor terrace, providing expansive views of Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto’s impressive skyline.
Extremely tight site conditions necessitate an elevator system to lower vehicles into the underground parking lot to access the 21 spaces available – supplemented by an additional five parking spots at grade.
Location: Toronto, ON
Size: 45,500 sf
photo: rendering by Norm Li