Located on Dufferin Mall’s northernmost parking area, Dufferin Grove Village represents the creation of an urban and dynamic mixed-use neighbourhood, in one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods. This new community is in direct proximity to Dufferin Station on the TTC’s Bloor Line, and it introduces a mix of residential and commercial uses. The new project does not impact the existing mall, and in fact, is planned to enhance it by adding an additional 80,000 square feet of retail uses, as well as new loading, garbage and other services to modernize the existing and new retail offering. The west block is comprised of two residential buildings of 35 and 39 storeys, and the east block also has two residential buildings of 14 and 23 storeys. Combined, they will introduce approximately 1,135 residential rental units to the site. In addition, a public park is also proposed which will act as a link between Dufferin Grove Village and the surrounding green spaces. Once complete, Dufferin Grove Village will offer our new residents fantastic access to public transportation, shopping, parks and other neighbourhood amenities.
The proposed development consists of a new private road that connects Croatia Street to Dufferin Street, and creates two development blocks. The west block extends from the existing Dufferin Mall and includes a five-storey podium with two tall buildings, 35 and 39 storeys in height. The east block consists of an eight-storey podium with two tall buildings, 14 and 23 storeys in height. Altogether, 1,135 residential units are proposed; these are currently planned to be purpose-built rental housing. The proposed development also includes a 1,561 square metre public park, 11,639 square metres of retail uses, and streetscape improvements along Dufferin and Croatia streets.
Of the 1,135 residential units, 105 (9%) are three-bedroom units. The average three-bedroom unit is 110 square metres in size, which is larger than the City’s recommended size for family-friendly dwellings. These units are distributed throughout the development, with 26% being clustered in the podiums of the proposed buildings in order to provide more direct access to the outdoors and to reduce dependency on elevators. An additional 461 units (41%) are two-bedroom units, which will also appeal to a range of household types.
The proposed buildings incorporate flexible construction methods which allow some adjacent one-bedroom units to be converted into larger units (two-bedrooms + den or three-bedroom units). If all of these units were combined, an additional 62 three-bedroom units could be provided (16% of all units).