Vision for Value Village

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What? Bloor – Lansdowne Block Plan

Why? Using the existing sidewalk grades to create a better urban experience

Who? Diamond Corp

 

The Big Idea: Utilizing the unique intersection of the Barrie line Railway Corridor and Bloor Street West (currently known as the Value Village store) to enhance the area’s pedestrian experience and allow different types of retail to flourish in a mixed-use development.
We know that 2nd storey street retail usually doesn’t work. Architects in the 60’s have tried it in many forms, and their experiments have failed time and time again.

Why? Because retail needs a natural flow of pedestrians in order to thrive.

At 1319 Bloor Street West, the Value Village site is extremely well connected to surrounding transit, which creates the perfect storm for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development in the Dufferin Grove Neighbourhood.

The site lies at the intersection of the Barrie line Railway Corridor and Bloor Street West, which is a rare instance where two street levels intersect. It also exists between two major transit stops, with Lansdowne station approximately 200 m away and Dundas West station about 750 m away. The newly proposed Bloor Lansdowne GO station will further connect this location to the rest of the GTA. 

We designed our Bloor-Lansdowne Block Plan with several features and big moves in mind, including:

  • Extending the West Toronto Rail Path, which is a cycling and walking trail 500 m from the Site, as part of the required safety setback from the railways
  • Creating a linear park for cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy and one that would greet GO users as they get on and off the train
  • Locating small-grain retail such as coffee shops to face the linear park
  • Utilizing the lower level of retail that faces Bloor Street West with large-scale, anchor retail
  • Designing the residential component in a European-style block with two tall buildings
  • Using the placement of the buildings to create a comfortable, protected green space for residents and the public 

At 1319 Bloor Street West, we present a great possibility for Toronto to develop a prime piece of land near an emerging transit area that will help put the City in a good position for future anticipated growth.