33-story residential proposal in St. Lawrence Market to provide hotel suites

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Developer Gupta Group has proposed a 33-story hotel and mixed-use residential development in Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market area that incorporates the existing heritage buildings located at 179 – 185 King Street East. IBI Group and heritage consultants ERA Architects seek to retain the heritage attributes of the existing 3-4 storey building with a zoning bylaw amendment and site plan control application prepared by the Goldberg Group.

Proposed rendering of 185 King Street East looking south from George Street, image from City of Toronto submission

Located at the southwest corner of King Street East and George Street, the site is part of the St. Lawrence Heritage Conservation District, one of Toronto’s oldest neighborhoods, defined by historic buildings such as St. James Cathedral, the Flatiron Building and St. Lawrence Market. The City of Toronto Downtown Secondary Plan identifies the site as a “Mixed Use Zone – 2 Intermediate”, which states: “Development will be encouraged to provide a diverse range of uses, including retail, service, office, institutional and residential uses “.

Currently, the 1,175 square meter rectangular lot is occupied by four 3-storey brick warehouses built between 1833 and 1855 listed on the City of Toronto Heritage Register and designated under Part V of the Toronto Heritage Act. ‘Ontario.

Site location at 185 King Street East, image from City of Toronto submission

Being located on King Street East, a main thoroughfare, the site is well served by existing frequent public transit services. The TTC’s 504 King and 503 Kingston Road streetcar lines provide east-west lateral connectivity and are accessible by a short 20m walk west of the site. 550 m to the west, King Station on the Yonge-University Line 1 is accessible via these streetcar services. Its location at King Station means that the land is within a major transit station protected area as defined by the Planning Division.

Existing building at 185 King Street East, looking south from George Street, image from Apple Maps

The listed heritage facades facing King Street East and George Street will be retained within the proposed 2-storey podium, aligning with the scale of adjacent properties to maintain a cohesive street frontage. Occupying the entire site, the footprint of the existing buildings will be retained, offering no setback on any of the elevations. Measuring 123m high, the stepped tower abuts the western plot line and appears centered on the eastern elevation, while the footprint of the tower gradually widens and lengthens from levels 3 to 6, giving the structure a seemingly heavy design.

Choosing to juxtapose the traditional red brick and vernacular stucco of the Saint-Laurent district, IBI Group designed a striking glass-clad tower with warm white metal panels that articulate the glazing and frame the views of the residential units located on the back. The dark gray mullions refer to the many commercial warehouses and industrial buildings in the area.

A combined gross floor area (GFA) of 19,323 m² includes 11,743 m² of residential gross floor area (located on floors 15-33) and 7,578 m² of non-residential gross floor area (primarily hotel suites located between floors 5 to 14). The 190 residential units and 140 hotel units are accessed via a dedicated residential and hotel lobby facing King Street East to the north. The proposed GFA also includes four levels of underground parking, giving the site a floor space index of 16.74. The underground parking lot, accessible by a ramp leading from George Street towards the southern edge of the site, offers 36 parking spaces, 33 for the hotel and 3 for residential visitors, as well as 190 bicycle parking spaces.

Proposed rendering of 185 King Street East looking west from King Street East, image from City of Toronto submission

The development consists of 190 residential units comprising 133 one-bedroom units (70%), 38 two-bedroom units (20%), 19 three-bedroom units (10%) and 140 hotel suites. These share third-floor amenity space on Level 3 and have their own dedicated indoor and outdoor amenity space on their corresponding levels.

UrbanToronto will continue to monitor the progress of this development, but in the meantime you can learn more about it from our database file, linked below. If you wish, you can join the conversation in the associated project forum thread or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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