Redevelopment unveiled for former Avenue post office
Ambitious plans call for modern new addition with a restaurant
Plans are underway to redevelop the former Canada Post station at 1780 Avenue Rd. The corner property near Melrose Avenue sold for $5.8 million to Cresford Developers in 2014, and the company has hired OfficeArchitecture to create a modern building for commercial use.
The first three floors will call for mixed office, retail and restaurant occupancy, and the building will include six parking spots underground. The current design proposes floor-to-ceiling glass windows to extend across three sides of the development.
“It’s a nice neighbourhood and [residents] care about what goes in. We’ve been fortunate with these clients who allow us to be more reasonable with density,” said Walter Bettio, an architect with OfficeArchitecture.
Bettio noted that the building will not be demolished, but rather built upon, although he acknowledged that the plan is not yet set in stone.
Terry Mills, an urban planner, is familiar with the City of Toronto’s Avenue Road Study, which examines issues of urban design and development on Avenue Road from Lawrence Avenue West to Wilson Avenue. Mills said he believes parking is always an issue and suggested that some of the building space should be reallocated to help accommodate daytime parking.
“Whenever people redevelop, you need comprehensive parking,” Mills said. He also stressed the importance of the community consultation process. “It’s important that everyone come forward and conscientiously discuss the project and refine it,” he said, before he noted that Avenue Road will also be an important model for other areas.
The South Armour Heights Residents’ Association (SAHRA) shares concerns over parking limitations, especially in consideration of the potential size of a future restaurant. Nearby residents’ privacy is also an issue along with increased noise levels, traffic, signage and lighting.
Sheila Dunlop, secretary of SAHRA, said community members hope for more transparency from the developers.