A 45-storey condo tower with retail and institutional space is being proposed for the property currently occupied by the two low-rise buildings at 70 and 72 Carlton Street, seen here from the intersection of Church & Carlton Streets …
… but it is unclear if the development site includes this surface parking lot behind the two buildings, at the corner of Church & Wood Streets. The lot is seen here from Wood Street, looking toward Maple Leaf Gardens on Church Street.
New neighbour for the Gardens: Details are sketchy, but a proposal to build a 45-storey mixed use tower at the northeast corner of Church & Carlton Streets — directly across the street from Maple Leaf Gardens — has been filed with the City’s planning department.
An undated entry on the development projects page of the City of Toronto website says that applications have been filed for site plan control, zoning bylaw amendment and rental housing demolition for property at 70 Carlton Street. The site would be redeveloped with “a 38 storey tower atop of a 7 storey podium separated by a two-storey reveal comprising of 35149m2 of residential space 845m2 of retail space and 17m2 of institutional/other space. There will be a total of 202 parking spaces,” the website entry states.
Buildings with medical clinic and gay bar sold in 2012
70 Carlton Street is a 2-storey building on the northeast corner of Church and Carlton Streets. It once served as executive office space for Maple Leaf Gardens across the street — back in the days when the Gardens was still hosting NHL hockey games. After the Toronto Maple Leafs moved to the Air Canada Centre, 70 Carlton was leased to Maple Leaf Medical Clinic (a group of doctors not affiliated with the hockey team), a medical laboratory, and a pharmacy.
Last summer, doctors at Maple Leaf Medical began advising patients that their practices would be relocating because 70 Carlton had been sold. Although speculation was rampant that a developer had purchased the property for redevelopment into condos, the doctors were not told who the buyer was, or what its plans actually were. The doctors and the lab moved two blocks west to 14 College Street last October, but the pharmacy has remained open in its street-level premises.
Around the same time that 70 Carlton was sold, the neighbourhood began buzzing with world that the 2-storey building next door at 72 Carlton — home to a gay bar called Zipperz & Cell Block — had also been purchased by the same buyer. This news convinced many area residents that property was being assembled for a major condominium tower development. Many had long believed the corner sites were ripe for redevelopment, particularly since there is a large surface parking lot directly behind them — plus a Loblaws grocery store and Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre in the revitalized Maple Leaf Gardens on the opposite side of Church Street.
No word if parking lot is part of development site
The condo plan isn’t surprising. At some public meetings I attended in 2011 and 2012, city planners said they fully expected that a development application would be filed for property at the northeast corner of Church & Carlton. However, one planner told me that the parking lot behind the two Carlton Street buildings would not likely be part of the redevelopment site. The development description on the City website doesn’t mention the parking area, but it curiously doesn’t mention 72 Carlton, either. However, the 70 Carlton site, on its own, is not large enough for a tower.
I will update this post with further information once I’m able to obtain more details about the proposal.
Below are several more photos showing 70 & 72 Carlton and the parking lot to their north.
A view of 70 Carlton, left, and 72 Carlton. The Main Drug Mart is still open, but the Maple Leaf Medical clinic has relocated to 14 College Street. Zipperz bar is still open for the time being, too. The 12-storey building next door to Zipperz contains rental apartments and Tobias House accommodations for people with disabilities.
70 and 72 Carlton, seen from the south side of Carlton Street
A view of the parking lot at the corner of Church & Wood Streets, directly behind 70 and 72 Carlton Street. The brown and green building at left is the Sunrise co-operative at 95 Wood Street, while the blue and beige building is Tobias House at 84 Carlton Street. The brown building at right is the rear of 72 Carlton.
Looking south from Wood Street toward the parking lot, Tobias House (left), 72 and 70 Carlton Street (brown low-rise buildings), and Maple Leaf Gardens (right)
Looking west across the parking lot toward the revitalized Maple Leaf Gardens, which is now home to a Loblaws grocery store, a liquor store, a Joe Fresh clothing shop, and the Mattamy Athletic Centre of Ryerson University