Toronto Cabbagetown 19th-century church to be turned into rental housing

A 19th-century church located at a major intersection in Toronto’s east-end Cabbagetown neighbourhood could soon be turned into rental housing.

According to Livabl, an application has been submitted to the city regarding a Zoning By-law Amendment that aims to turn the church into a 12-storey mixed-use building with 100 rental units at 335-355 Sherbourne Street in Toronto. 

Given St Luke’s United Church is a heritage-designated building, it will be integrated into the design and also get access to a new community space, allowing the church to expand its facilities. The church was originally constructed in 1887. 

Pictures shown off by KPMB Architects reveal how the company aims to seamlessly integrate the church into the 12-story mid-rise building’s design, including the place of worship sitting adjacent to a double-height promenade located at the south side of the church. The church’s new community outreach space will be located on the second floor of the new structure. 

The rental building will feature 100 units, including 14 studio, 43, one-bedroom, 23 two-bedroom and 20 three-bedroom units, with sizes ranging between 430 and 969 square feet. Further, 30 percent of the residential portion of the building is poised to be affordable housing. 

Finally, KPMB Architects notes that indoor and outdoor amenities will be provided to residents on the third floor and that no new parking spaces will be included in the project. 

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