25 St. Mary
There is a 24-storey purpose-built rental building with 259 units on site, built in the 1960’s. The property also includes underground parking and landscaped areas along the street frontages.
As of right now, there are no changes for the tenants. We still do not have all of the necessary approvals to begin construction. Tenants will remain in their current units, where no changes will occur other than regular and ongoing maintenance work. Tenblock is committed to keeping tenants informed throughout the process and encourages them to reach out should they have any questions or feedback.
The proposed development includes two contemporary towers which will replace the existing building at 25 St. Mary. The East Tower is proposed to be 54 storeys and the West Tower would have a height of 59 storeys. The proposed development will include 259 replacement rental units, a minimum of 50 new affordable rental units, and 1,024 new market residential units (tenure of these 1,024 units has not been determined).
A 500 m² public park is proposed at the southeast corner of the property, with frontage onto St. Nicholas Street and Inkerman Street. A 339 m² publicly-accessible open space is also proposed along Inkerman Street linking the proposed park with the neighbouring site's open space. An additional new mid-block connection is proposed along the west edge of the property.
The proposal also includes a 730 m² daycare facility within the lower levels of the West Tower that will accommodate 62 children. Commercial space is proposed at grade within the East Tower, fronting onto St. Nicholas Street, helping to further animate the public realm.
Beyond the public benefits outlined in the previous question, the proposal features numerous enhancements to improve the pedestrian experience along all public frontages. These enhancements include minimum 2.1 metre wide sidewalks along all street frontages (including minimum 6.0 m setbacks from nearest building element to street curbs), enhanced planting and new street trees along St. Mary Street and St. Nicholas Street, and new public art opportunities.
New indoor and outdoor amenities will better support the needs of existing and future residents. Key aspects include a central courtyard, pet relief areas to achieve the City’s guidelines on pet-friendly design, as well as dedicated indoor and outdoor amenity spaces. The proposal also includes first-in-class, high quality bicycle parking and amenities. The exact programming of the amenity areas will be determined later in the process.
Development Application Process
The final report recommending approval of the Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, and Rental Housing Demolition applications was adopted by Toronto City Council on May 10, 2023. The final by-laws were enacted by City Council for Official Plan Amendment (OPA 647, By-law 595-2023) and Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law 596-2023) in June 2023.
We look forward to continue working with the City and community as we progress through the Site Plan Approvals process.
While the final report recommending approval of the Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, and Rental Housing Demolition applications was adopted by Toronto City Council on May 10, 2023, there are still several steps to complete before construction could begin, including advancing through the Site Plan Approval application, and there is no exact timing estimate at this time.
This website will be where you can learn about any updates to the proposal, ask questions, and provide feedback. We encourage the community to use this digital tool as the go to resource for the redevelopment process. Have a question that wasn’t answered here? Want to provide your feedback? Give us a call at 416-391-0209 or submit your questions and ideas through the contact us form.
Existing Tenants of 25 St. Mary
Current rent will not increase as a result of this development proposal. The standard increases allowed through the Residential Tenancy Act still apply.
All of the 259 purpose-built rental units will be replaced on site in the new development. All tenants who live at 25 St. Mary when the application was submitted and when the notice to vacate is distributed later in the process, will have the right to return to one of the new rental replacement units. To learn more about the rental replacement process and your rights as a tenant, reach out through the contact page.
We encourage all existing tenants of 25 St. Mary to reach out to us through the contact page of this website, we would be happy to answer any questions you have. City Housing Policy Staff will also be available throughout the process to answer your questions. If you would like to speak to them directly, we would be happy to provide their contact information.