A local urban infill condo builder is asking the city for permission to demolish an unoccupied two-storey single-detached dwelling in Little Italy, according to municipal records.
The purpose of Domicile Developments' application for 518 Rochester St. is to "accommodate potential redevelopment," according to the city.
Located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Rochester and Pamilla streets, the house is surrounded by surface parking lots.
Little Italy is seeing a surge of condo development activity. While the Fanto Group has been planning condos on Rochester Street for several years, most of the activity has so far been concentrated west of Preston Street.
Domicile is currently constructing the 12-storey 94-unit hōm condominium project several blocks over at 100 Champagne Ave. S. As of June, 80 per cent of the units had been sold, a Domicile official told OBJ at the time. Domicile is also the builder behind the Merrion Square Norfolk project on Loretta Avenue, which consists of an eight-storey and a 10-storey condo building, along with a block of townhouses.
In a 2009 interview, Domicile president John Doran said the Preston Street area "pulled" the developer in and continues to get "better and better."
Elsewhere in the city, Domicile is constructing the eight-storey One3One condominium on Holland Avenue, just south of Wellington Street West, and recently filed a site plan application for a 10-storey condo building on Beechwood Avenue.