30 Ordnance Street
Urban / Suburban / Vacation
Located just east of Liberty Village, 30 Ordnance Street is located adjacent to one of Toronto’s most vibrant new neighbourhoods. Within walking distance of the lakeshore and the entertainment/shopping/gallery districts of West Queen West, Trinity Bellwoods Park, King Street West and Ossington, 30 Ordnance is also a quick bike or streetcar ride away from the downtown core and financial district. The site faces the new parks being added to the Fort York precinct and will thus have protected views of the dramatic downtown skyline to the east.
One Development is investing in the property as manager of the RPDI Fund, in joint venture with Diamondcorp and the Whitecastle New Urban Fund. The existing building on the site is an underused warehouse space in an area undergoing intensification due to its prime location. In order to encourage economic diversity in the city, the space currently allocated to employment uses will be maintained and enhanced in the future development through a “mixed-use” designation. Rather than simply converting the property to an “all residential” use, the redevelopment will include 26,000 sf of employment space (office, studio or workshops) in addition to the new residential uses. This innovative approach of “no net loss” of employment uses was strongly supported by the City as an important precedent to redevelopment of infill industrial sites.
The redevelopment will help transform this site from an underused industrial zone into a green and diverse neighbourhood. As part of the new park to the east, the City of Toronto is building a dramatic new sweeping S-shaped pedestrian bridge that will connect the Wellington neighbourhood in the north to Fort York and the waterfront in the south. Proximity to transit and mixed-use designation reinforce green planning principles. Building envelopes will be carefully designed to avoid excess glazing on facades; window design will thus provide good daylighting to suites while avoiding excessive summer heat gain and winter heat loss issues associated with standard window wall construction.
30 Ordnance will be a 500,000 square foot mixed use development with a podium containing the 26,000 square feet of office / studio use, and street related townhouses that will animate a new pedestrian walkway that will connect Ordnance Street to the new park and bridge. Two residential towers will provide a wide range of unit types, most with uninterrupted views of the downtown skyline and Lake Ontario.