The
Project

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At Bloor & Dufferin we see a unique city building opportunity to collaborate with a thriving community and create a world-class destination. Through community outreach we’re learning what the neighbourhood wants to see in the future of Bloor & Dufferin and we’ve assembled an exceptional team to ensure that this vision is realized. What does the future of Bloor & Dufferin look like?

Bloor Street

Bloor Street will add a vibrant mix of storefronts to reflect the existing character along Bloor Street. The new retail will frame the south side of Bloor and create an animated pedestrian experience that complements the spirit of the neighbourhood.

Bloor & Dufferin Plaza

The plaza and atrium space will provide a welcoming gateway and landmark at the southwest corner of Bloor & Dufferin. The plaza will be designed as an extension of the sidewalk to provide ample room for pedestrians and act as meeting place for people in the community.

High Street

Extending from Bloor Street to Croatia Street, this new street will serve as the grand promenade of the community while adding a new mid-block connection. This multi-faceted shared space will be the heart of this new urban quarter – a truly unique addition to the Toronto urban scene. This street is envisioned as a pedestrian focused space that will be supported by special destination retailers and restaurants whose patios will spill onto the boulevard.

Artist Commons

Inspiration for the Artist Commons came from meeting with community members that took place early in the planning process. The Artist Commons is a potential series of artists’ spaces within the laneways that the community can inherit and continue to curate for generations to come.

Community Park & Square

The park will be a bustling, year-round destination designed to support activities throughout all four seasons, including markets, events and festivals.

Community Park & Square

The community park and square will compliment the existing neighbourhood by adding a partly hardscaped urban gathering space.

Historic Kent School

We plan to celebrate the unique heritage of this site by restoring and re-purposing this community asset. The newly restored building could support a variety of uses, including a community hub, incubators, office space or residential lofts. Enhanced landscaping along Dufferin Street will help support any future uses of the Kent School.

  • Guiding Principles

    We want to create a new type of neighbourhood destination in Toronto that captures the spirit of the community – a place where people will come to take in the local cultural offerings and unique urban experiences. Based on what we heard from the community over the last few months, we have identified ten guiding principles that will help shape the redevelopment of the site.

  • A City Building Opportunity

    We are excited to create a world class project in this community that will be relevant to our time and celebrated by future generations.

  • Diverse Housing

    We are committed to delivering a range of housing types to meet the needs of a growing and diverse population in different life stages.

  • Retail & Lifestyle Experience

    We understand the importance of providing diverse retail throughout the development to support local businesses and engage the local community.

  • Celebrating Heritage

    We are committed to exploring ways to commemorate and integrate the unique heritage elements of The Kent School into our masterplan.

  • Integration

    We intend to create new connections that knit this site into the fabric of the existing neighbourhood.

  • Placemaking

    We envision creating a series of lively and interesting pedestrian-oriented spaces that add to the vibrancy of the neighbourhood through a variety of uses and experiences.

  • Parks & Green Space

    Our goal is to encourage community health and well-being by creating a community park and new public gathering spaces.

  • Sustainability

    Sustainability is important to us. We will be exploring ways to improve energy and water efficiency, support public transit and cycling, and integrate green infrastructure.

  • Artist Commons

    We imagine a series of artists’ spaces within the laneways and pedestrian mews that the community can inherit and curate for generations to come.

  • Inclusivity

    Public engagement is an integral part of our planning process and we intend to keep the community involved as we move forward with the redevelopment of this site.

The Process

2014

  • Toronto District School Board declares
    the Bloor & Dufferin site as surplus.

June 2016

  • Bloor & Dufferin/ TDSB Lands Community
    Meeting organized by TDSB, Toronto
    Lands Corporation and City of Toronto.

Dec 2016

  • Capital Developments and
    Metropia team selected.

Dec to Feb 2017

  • Initial meetings with City staff, Councillor Bailão,
    local community groups and other stakeholders.

Feb to Mar 2017

  • Develop guiding principles and
    concepts for the project.

April 13, 2017

  • Stage our first Open House.
  • Present initial ideas and concepts.

Spring 2017
to Fall 2018

  • Continue community outreach.
  • Revise pre-submission materials based on feedback.
  • Submit application to City of Toronto.

2018

  • Participate in city-led community meetings.
  • Receive initial comments from city planning staff.
  • Participate in Urban Design Review Panel.
  • Revise application based on consolidated feedback.
  • Additional community meetings and final review
    at the Urban Design Panel.