A new condo development is slated for a major intersection on a section of Queen West that’s known for its variety of restaurants and storefronts, not its residential buildings.
The southwest corner of Queen and Bathurst — currently home to a Pizza Pizza, Tim Hortons, Hone Fitness, Tacorrito and the Paddock Tavern — will be demolished for an eight-storey condo complex by 2024.
The mixed-use red brick building will house 70 residential units, some with balconies, as well as 13,700 square feet of ground-floor and basement retail space. There will be no on-site parking spaces.
The project comes just as the city is developing a plan to limit density and high-rise buildings in the area.
A forthcoming proposal seeks to place restrictions on new builds on Queen between Bathurst and Roncesvalles according to the Globe and Mail, like that they must be six storeys or fewer and that top floors must be recessed back from the road.
The 3.5 km-long strip may also soon become protected under heritage designation, much like nearby Kensington Market, which would hopefully prevent further development incongruent with the neighbourhood’s feel and history.
Written by Becky Robertson