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Bloor & Dufferin

community-oriented, pedestrian-first urban design

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About the project


The vision for Bloor & Dufferin is a truly mixed-use community. New office, retail and residential space alongside new public areas and parkland will infuse the existing fabric of the neighbourhood with a new energy and limitless opportunities.



To ensure we stay on target we’ve developed a series of Guiding Principles to direct us through each step of the journey. Read more about our Guiding Principles below.



Aerial Rendering

Ground Floor Retail Plan




  • 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


  • Toronto District School Board declares
    Bloor & Dufferin site 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 is selected
    after competitive process.

Dec 2016 to
Feb 2017

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

Feb to Mar 2017

  • Guiding principles and concepts
    for the project developed.

April 13, 2017

  • First Open House.
  • Developer led community
    consultation meeting.

September 20, 2017

  • Initial application submitted to the City of Toronto.

Spring to
Fall 2017

  • Continue community outreach.
  • Revise pre-submission materials based on feedback.

Winter to Spring 2018

  • Participate in city-led community meetings.
  • Receive initial comments from city planning staff.
  • Participate in Urban Design Review Panel.
  • Continue community engagement.
  • Revise application (second submission)
    based on consolidated feedback.
  • Ongoing community engagement and modification to plans.
  • Site plan application submitted.

Summer to Fall 2018

  • Receive detailed comments from city Planning staff.
  • Participate in additional work group meetings.
  • Continue community engagement.
  • Engage with Social Development, Finance & Administration staff to coordinate proposed Community Hub design and programming.
  • Revise application (third submission) based on consolidated feedback.

February 2018

  • City-led community meeting.
  • Preliminary report presented to Toronto
    East York Community Council.

January 2018 to 2019

  • Application review with planning staff.
  • Community consultation.


April 15, 2019

September 2021

  • Hazelview and Fitzrovia took over as co-development managers for the project.

End of 2023

  • Site groundbreaking: construction starts.