Developer breaks ground on Toronto church-to-lofts project

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Ontario Construction Report staff writer

Medallion Capital Group has broken ground at the re-envisioned Alhambra Church, located on the southwest corner of Annette St. and High Park Ave. in Toronto.

The design of 260 High Park Church Lofts retains and repurposes the elements that are of historical value in the heritage building, while introducing a new addition massed sensitively around the main sanctuary.

“High Park area is an esteemed part of the west end of Toronto and a thriving community – from the beautiful park just minute away, to the Bloor West Village and Dundas West neighbourhoods, there’s a ton of character making it such a desired place to live,” said Chris Giamou, Medallion Capital president and co-founder. “We recognized these attributes and wanted to develop something unique but still beautiful.”

260 High Park is a 0.487-hectare (1.2 acre) site located at the southwest corner of Annette Street and High Park Ave. The plan for the project is to permit the adaptive reuse of the existing church building in a manner that retains and repurposes those elements that are of historical value and introduces a new addition that is massed sensitively around the main sanctuary.

Wilkinson Construction expects to start work this winter. The project team includes Boston-based Finegold Alexander Architects for the church’s heritage conversion, Toronto-based Turner Fleischer for the contemporary residences and Toronto-based ERA Architects for the heritage conservation plan.

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