The property was listed for sale in 2014 and purchased by Intentional Capital in 2017. In May 2018 a Development Application was submitted to the City of Toronto proposing redevelopment into a 16-storey mixed-use residential building designed by Sweeney & Co Architects. The plan proposes retaining parts of the façade (with some alterations), although the rear of the building would be demolished.
Name & Location
Palace Arms 950 King Street West Niagara, Toronto
Palace Hotel, Palace Arms Hotel, Palace Tavern
A hotel has occupied the site since at least 1870. In 1890, the current building was constructed. It was designed by F.H. Herbert and owned and operated as a hotel by George White. It was designed in the Romanesque Revival style, with rounded arch motif and stone detailing. A turret with a conical roof is located at the southwest corner. The red-brick masonry was painted several times and is currently painted pink. The Palace Tavern used to operate out of the building. In 1897, attached brick houses were built along Strachan Avenue (95-99 Strachan Avenue). In 1902, attached houses were also added along King Street (938-944 King Street West). In the 1970s, the building was converted to a low-cost, long-term hotel for men by a new owner. In 2014, it was put up for sale. It was purchased by Intentional Capital in 2017, with the intention of residential redevelopment. At the time of its sale, it was still used as a rooming house for men with over 90 rooms; tenants at the time were offered compensation to leave, although about 14 tenants remain. In May 2018, a Planning Application was submitted to the City of Toronto proposing to redevelop it into a 16-storey mixed-use residential property. The proposal includes ground floor retail space, a floor of rental studio apartments, and condos.
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Development Application - 950 King St. W Author - Bousfields Inc. Date - 4 May 2018 Notes - Zoning By-law Amendment to facilitate the adaptive re-use of the existing Palace Arms building for a 16-storey mixed-use building with at-grade retail and residential units above. Includes links to several PDFs regarding studies and plans for the site. More information
Last call at the Palace Arms: Developers covet the King West property, but where will its poor tenants go? Author - Arthur White, Globe and Mail Date - 26 June 2015 (updated 5 June 2017) Notes - Globe and Mail article outlining potential future for property and concern with future of existing long term tenants. More information
16-Storey Redevelopment Proposed for Palace Arms on King Author - Jack Landau, Urban Toronto Date - 11 May 2018 Notes - Urbantoronto.ca article detailing the proposed redevelopment. More information
For Torontoâ€™s poor, the Palace Arms has been their castle âˆ’ now, a new condo looms Author - NICHOLAS KÃ–HLER Date - June 22, 2018 Notes - Globe and Mail article discussing the proposed redevelopment and its effect on the current tenants. More information
Infamous Toronto rooming house could soon look like a giant sailboat Author - Lauren OÂ´Neil, BlogTO Date - 11 May 2018 Notes - BlogTo article discussing the proposed redevelopment of the site. More information
People hate the condo thatÂ´s going to replace the Palace Arms Author - Tanya Mok, BlogTO Date - March 2019 More information
Heritage Impact Assessment Author - ERA Architects Inc. Date - March 26, 2018 Notes - Part of the Development Application for Palace Arms. Heritage Impact Assessment detailing the siteÂ´s heritage, architectural features, and proposed conservation strategy. Document - Palace Arms Heritage Impact Assessment
Palace Arms Rezoning Application Architectural Plans Author - Sweeny & Co Architects Date - 2018 Notes - Part of the Development Application. Architectural plans for the proposed redevelopment of the Palace Arms.
June 2018 Staff Report Author - City of Toronto Planning Staff Date - June 2018 More information