Mas­sive de­vel­op­ment pro­posal on the way for Bayview Vil­lage shop­ping cen­tre

Res­i­den­tial build­ings up to 33 storeys pro­posed

Bayview Post - - Contents - by Chris Suppa

A de­vel­op­ment pro­posal has been submitted for the Bayview Vil­lage shop­ping cen­tre that would see five res­i­den­tial tow­ers up to 33 storeys built on the site if ap­proved.

On July 31, QuadReal Prop­erty Group submitted a site plan ap­pli­ca­tion to the City of Toronto on be­half of prop­erty owner bcIMC. It out­lines the de­tails for two prin­ci­pal de­vel­op­ment ar­eas, one north and one south­west of the ex­ist­ing shop­ping cen­tre, adding five new build­ings de­signed by Hariri Pon­tarini Ar­chi­tects and Di­a­log.

The north site pro­posal in­cludes one 19-storey, mixed-use build­ing and two six-storey, mixed-use build­ings. It also in­cludes a re­tail ad­di­tion to the shop­ping cen­tre with 372 dwelling units, 8,796 square me­tres of com­mer­cial space and an out­door re­tail prom­e­nade.

The south side pro­posal would con­tain a mixed-use build­ing with two tow­ers, 33 and 28 storeys, to­talling 760 res­i­den­tial units and 4,881 square me­tres of com­mer­cial space, plus 2,127 square me­tres of park­land and a five-storey park­ing struc­ture.

The pro­posed site would ex­tend out to Shep­pard Av­enue East at street level and in­clude a new en­trance to the Bayview TTC sub­way sta­tion.

“It’s a very ag­gres­sive ap­pli­ca­tion,” said coun­cil­lor David Shiner of Ward 24 Wil­low­dale. “While the site it­self is ap­proved for some in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion, at this time, most of that is sup­posed to be in the south­west corner of the mall prop­erty.”

Shiner noted that it is im­por­tant to get de­vel­op­ment that re­spects the com­mu­nity and al­lows the mall to re­main suc­cess­ful in an ev­er­chal­leng­ing re­tail en­vi­ron­ment.

QuadReal has set a 10 plus–year time­line on this project and plans to com­plete it by July 2028. It has also cre­ated a web­site to keep the com­mu­nity up to date at www.fu­ture­of­b­vshops.com.

City of Toronto city plan­ner Josh Reis con­firmed that a pre­lim­i­nary re­port on the ap­pli­ca­tion will be made in the next few months. Coun­cil­lor Shiner in­di­cated he ex­pects it will soon be pre­sented at North York Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

In the mean­time, QuadReal is in dis­cus­sions with the lo­cal res­i­dents’ group, Bayview Vil­lage As­so­ci­a­tion (BVA), to host up­com­ing town hall meet­ings and com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tions.

“We’re very pleased that QuadReal is look­ing to col­lab­o­rate in an ef­fort to en­sure that this com­plex de­vel­op­ment meets the needs and wants of our com­mu­nity res­i­dents,” said Vic­to­ria Joly, chair of the mu­nic­i­pal and gov­ern­ment af­fairs com­mit­tee of the BVA.

A ren­der­ing of what the shop­ping cen­tre could look like re­de­vel­oped

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