Application has been made to the City of Toronto to redevelop the property at 595-601 Parliament Street to add three storeys of residential space, to create 11 units, above the existing two-storey retail property.
Details can be found through the city’s Application Information Centre. Kelly Sather, Constituency Assistant for Ward 28, says to make sure “Community Planning” is selected. A searchable city map comes up and enter the address “595 Parliament Street”, which will take you to the online documents provided by the developer.
A thorough (24-page) Heritage Impact Assessment (link opens a PDF) prepared by ERA Architects contains a good overview of the project.
To quote from the assessment’s executive summary:
“The Development Site is occupied by a two storey white brick and concrete block commercial building, constructed circa 1975. The property is not listed on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register or designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. The Development Site is located adjacent to the Cabbagetown North and the Cabbagetown-Metcalfe Area Heritage Conservation Districts (HCD). The Cabbagetown Northwest HCD is located to the west of Parliament Street. Additionally, several buildings located on the west side of Parliament, across the street, are listed on the City’s Heritage Register.
“The proposal involves the adaptive reuse of the existing building, including the addition of three new floors, for a mix of commercial and residential uses. Residential uses are proposed for the upper three floors, while retail tenants will be accommodated on the first and second floors of the building. The exterior of the building will be fully redesigned and will be clad with stone, red brick and precast concrete trim.
“Recessed balconies are proposed for the third storey of the street-facing façade, and for the central portions of the north and south elevations of the third, fourth, and fifth floors. The three new upper floors of the building will step back within a 45 degree angle away from both Parliament Street and at the rear façade away from the two adjacent Heritage Conservation Districts.”