Graywood Developments has unveiled a community engagement website for a proposed mixed-use project at 506-516 Church Street: www.506churchstreet.com. The website features early plans for a 15-storey building, plus a mechanical penthouse that combines residential units with retail amenities, while incorporating heritage elements from the current streetscape. Along with the reveal of a massing-plan and website launch, Graywood is also inviting community members to join a virtual information session on July 16.
“We know that there is a lot of interest in this site and what we are planning for 506 – 516 Church St.,” says Christine Yee, Director of Development, Graywood Developments. “We are still in the early stages of this project and will submit an application to the City in early July. The hope with the website and the information session in a few weeks is that we could offer a space online where interested parties could learn more about our plans and seek clarity on what’s being considered.”
The website and online information session are the first steps in what Yee says will be an ongoing engagement process. Once a formal submission is made to the City, Graywood and the design team anticipate participating in a range of City-led engagements.
Currently, 506-516 Church St. is occupied by retail, hospitality, and entertainment businesses, including Toronto’s beloved drag bar Crews & Tangos as well as Boutique Bar. Earlier this year, Graywood Developments extended Crews & Tangos’ lease for two years and released a statement announcing their intention to continue collaborating with owner Michael Ramawad throughout the development process. Current plans for the property show a retained heritage façade, and several retail spaces that could accommodate a return of the beloved business. Boutique Bar’s lease was also extended.
“Church-Wellesley is a wonderful neighbourhood in Toronto with a long cultural history, particularly with the LGBTQ2S+ community. Our team recognizes this site is entwined with the community and we have had some positive first steps working with our tenants and involving them in the process. We are looking forward to hearing from the community at our virtual information session,” says Yee.
Though designs are still in the preliminary phase, Graywood has identified a set of defining pillars to help guide the project. These include: emphasizing the importance of creating a mixed-use site, honouring the character of the Village, both through architectural design and programming, and engaging with the current commercial tenants throughout the design and development process.
Diamond Schmitt are the architects on the project, supported by ERA Architects who will manage the heritage conservation. At this stage the plan proposes a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, with an exterior courtyard, and a stacked exterior massing which recesses as the building height increases.
The virtual information session will be held on Thursday July, 16 at 6:30 p.m. and will include a presentation of the plan followed by answers to submitted questions. Participants can join online or by phoning in. The session will feature representatives from Graywood Developments, Diamond Schmitt, and ERA Architects. To register to participate or to simply access the YouTube livestream, interested community members should visit: www.506churchstreet.com
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