We recently had the opportunity to visit the 260 High Park presentation centre to learn more about the dramatic church conversion development in Toronto.
President of Medallion Capital Group, Chris Giamou, and Co-founder Mike Giamou, walked us through their vision, and Raza Mehdi from Turner Fleischer Architects gave us a rundown of the building’s incredible design.
“When the site came up for sale we immediately put a plan into action to purchase it, and the first step, apart from the provincial plan, was we went to our long-time trusted associated, Turner Fleischer, to give us a plan of what could be achieved on the site,” Chris explained.
Chris and Mike Giamou (L-R)
“I went to Turner Fleischer because this is the third project I’ve been involved with the firm. I’ve known the firm for over 20 years and I’ve known the principals to be very capable, very trusted, very hands-on. To us, it was important to build on that relationship from other projects to look at 260 High Park.”
Medallion and Turner Fleischer spent three years working with the City, the community, and conducting heritage consultations in preparation for the launch of 260 High Park. The project launched in mid-2018 after Medallion confirmed financing, costing, and approvals. Demolition has commenced and the new condo is about 70% sold.
“It’s not every day you have this significant site at the corner of two prominent streets with a really iconic, existing building,” said Mehdi. “How we tie into that heritage aspect is something that we really wanted to keep with the intent of the design throughout...I’m really proud of what we ultimately achieved.”
The Alhambra church at Annette and High Park Ave. will be connected to and partially surrounded by a new four-storey condo. According to Mehdi, Chris and Mike, outdoor space was important to community members. So the condo features a stunning courtyard, a private dining room with a walkout to a garden, and a landscaped rooftop with barbecues and fire pits.
Other condo amenities include a 24/7 concierge, a multi-purpose lounge, a full kitchen, and a fitness facility with cardio equipment, a yoga studio, and sauna.
It’s not unheard of to hear about developers purchasing units in their own buildings, and Chris and Mike both said they are looking forward to calling 260 High Park home. “What really appealed to us was proximity to transportation, Bloor West Village, as well as 400 acres of High Park, the iconic municipal park destination in Toronto,” said Chris.
The new condo building features 55 units with one- to three-bedroom+den floor plans, ranging from 632 to 2,567 square feet. The new Church Lofts, which are now available, come in one- to two-bedroom+den models, ranging from 837 to 3,081 square feet. The church will have just 15 units.
A few of the impressive interior features and finishes include European inspired kitchen cabinetry, quartz countertops, porcelain tile, Miele appliance packages, rainfall showerheads, and the Church Lofts will have incredible stained glass windows and 10’ vaulted ceilings.
Visit 260 High Park today!
The new condo suites at 260 High Park
start from the mid $600,000s, and the Church Lofts range from $1 million to $4 million. Demolition is currently underway, and the plan is to break ground this summer.
For more information, visit the presentation centre at 2150 Bloor St. West Monday to Thursday from 12 pm to 5 pm or on the weekend from 12 pm to 5 pm. You can also call 416-766-9935 for more details.