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Midtown site listed for $2.85 million receives multiple offers
Michelle Ervin – Postcity
Like most pieces of north Toronto real estate ripe for redevelopment, a Belsize Drive church has attracted a lot of interest after being put on the market with an asking price of $2.85 million in July. Glebe Presbyterian Church, which has been a part of the community since 1912, is planning to amalgamate with the nearby Leaside Presbyterian Church in 2013, Rev. Bill Elliott said. Faced with slowly declining attendance and resources spread more thinly, the move was identified as the best way forward, he explained.
“We decided that we should take some kind of positive action to build on what we’ve been and what we’ve done over the decades… and to do that before we simply faded away altogether and were just forced to close,” Elliott said.
Listing agent Stephen Ho said the church was marketed to prospective buyers who would either use the existing building or redevelop the 13,000-square-foot site within the existing planning permissions, but Ho received offers from a range of bidders. He didn’t expect that proposals from prospective buyers interested in redeveloping the site outside of existing planning permissions would be viewed as favourably.
“The price is obviously important, but equally important is finding a buyer who will respect the legacy of the church and the legacy of the neighbourhood,” Ho said.
The site is designated “neighbourhoods” within the City of Toronto’s official plan, which restricts development to low-rise residential and complementary uses. The zoning would only allow for up to three storeys.
Speaking from personal experience, condo developer Brad Lamb predicted that any proposal to build beyond what’s permitted in the official plan would not succeed at the Ontario Municipal Board.
With offers due Aug. 9, the church is now reviewing proposals made by prospective buyers. The next step is for the church to go back to its committee to narrow down the list to preferred buyers.
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Completed in 2004, The Glebe is a fabulous loft conversion of the architecturally magnificent Riverdale Presbyterian Church, located at 660 Pape Avenue, in prime Riverdale and just steps from the subway.
Very rarely does an opportunity come along to live in history. Designed by renowned period architect J. Wilson Gray, originally constructed for the trustees of the Riverdale Presbyterian Church, this imposing architectural building is now retrofitted, entirely within the existing envelope, into only 32 astonishing multi-level loft residences.
Erected in 1920 as an extension to the original 1912 Riverdale Presbyterian Church, this loft conversion pays homage to the soaring height of the original sanctuary in all of its two storey primary living spaces, featuring large open plans, expansive interconnected to flow with the building space.
Each loft is custom designed for the purchaser, to optimize the dramatic effects of light and spatial volume: incorporates solid masonry demising walls, thermopane windows, superior thermal and acoustical insulation, individual high efficiency heating systems, all new electrical and mechanical systems, and a host of luxury features.
Located at 660 Pape Avenue, steps from the subway and the vibrant cosmopolitan shops, restaurants and coffeehouses of the Danforth, close to the downtown and the cultural heart of the City, The Glebe offers a unique lifestyle for character, location, design features and value anywhere in Toronto.
Mitchell & Associates is a design/build firm that has been creating new residential built form in the City of Toronto for the past eighteen years. In 1982 they designed, developed and built the first legal loft condominium conversion in Toronto at 41 Shanly Street, previously the Dominion Felt Company, and won the Ontario Renews Award in 1984 for that project for excellence and innovation in design.
Since then, Mitchell and Associates, through subsidiary project specific companies, has converted numerous factories, Churches, and institutional buildings into high quality residential loft condominiums.
The principal of Mitchell and Associates, Robert Mitchell, holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, and the Canadian Institute of Planners, and has over twenty years hands-on experience in all aspects of the retrofitting and conversion of buildings into lofts.
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Christopher Hume – Toronto Star
Maybe it isn’t surprising Toronto has such problems dealing with its own success. The City of Neighbourhoods is full of people who stand on guard against change in all its forms. Often their vigilance is justified, but sometimes it’s simply obstructionist.
In either case, it means that even when things happen, they do so slowly and painfully.
But when an area such as Yonge and Eglinton has become as cosmopolitan as it is, you know that change can be a good thing, something we control but also encourage. Specifically, we’re talking about Yonge south of Eglinton, which wasn’t always what it is today.
The advent of the two residential towers on the east side of Yonge several years ago helped fill in a gap that in effect severed the street. That didn’t quell the anger of local residents who fought the project every step of the way.
At the same time, however, the old two- and three-storey buildings that line Yonge, Mount Pleasant and Bayview have been put to new uses over and over again.
Indeed, each generation remakes these modest but wonderfully flexible structures in its own image.
Condo Critic – Chaplin Place, 20 Glebe Road West
Tucked away on a tiny dead-end street halfway between Eglinton and Davisville Aves., this unusual red-brick condo takes full advantage of a site that many might consider problematic. Located alongside the TTC subway line, which was cut through the neighbourhood more than half a century ago, it would be a perfect place for anyone wanting to know if the trains are running on time.
Though far from beautiful, the five-storey building feels entirely appropriate in its context and thoroughly thought through. The boxiness seems right in such an urban setting. The large windows and slanted sunroofs on top make it clear this is residential, despite the presence of several businesses at street level. The entrance, which faces south onto Glebe, does not call attention to itself but is not hard to find. To the west, the units overlook the tracks, which may not sound desirable but this stretch of the subway is one of the most attractive.
Architecturally, the most interesting aspect of the building lies in the almost monumental quality of the masonry exteriors. With their strong vertical and horizontal lines, they bring a nice sense of simplicity and character to the place. Aesthetically, it looks like an early modernist variation on a vaguely Arts and Crafts theme.
The randomly arranged concrete planters out front don’t add much to things. Why we can’t manage to put trees into the ground where they belong is hard to understand. If North Toronto is to remain as leafy as we have grown to expect, it’s time to start planting.
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