New plans for Bayview Village to be un­veiled

The de­vel­oper seeks to add an acre-sized park to the mall re­de­vel­op­ment by David Olsen

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Pre-hear­ings are un­der­way for the pro­posed Bayview Village mas­ter plan at the Lo­cal Plan­ning Ap­peal Tri­bunal (LPAT), which would see the shop­ping plaza at Bayview Av­enue and Shep­pard Av­enue East rede­vel­oped into five new mixed-use res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial build­ings of heights rang­ing from six storeys to 33 storeys, sur­round­ing the ex­ist­ing mall.

Since it was pro­posed to the com­mu­nity in De­cem­ber 2017, lo­cal res­i­dents’ group the Bayview Village As­so­ci­a­tion (BVA) has achieved party sta­tus to the ap­pli­ca­tion process and has been work­ing with the de­vel­oper, QuadReal Prop­erty Group, on its plans for the de­vel­op­ment.

“We’re adding a mil­lion square feet of ad­di­tional den­sity,” said Vic­to­ria Joly of the BVA.

“Do we have the sewage, the wa­ter, the en­ergy dis­tri­bu­tion, the hy­dro dis­tri­bu­tion to sup­port that den­sity? Is there enough park­land ded­i­ca­tion? Are we talk­ing about three small parks or one big park?” Ac­cord­ing to Joly, QuadReal has re­con­fig­ured the de­vel­op­ment plans to al­low for an acre-sized park on the north­east por­tion of the site that was not in the orig­i­nal pro­posal.

“What we’re go­ing to be look­ing for is us­able green space, a re­ally truly us­able and main­tain­able park,” said incoming city coun­cil­lor Shel­ley Car­roll, whose ward in­cludes Bayview Village. “It can’t just be a lit­tle patch of green that wraps around a build­ing be­cause that be­comes very dif­fi­cult to mon­i­tor and main­tain. I’ve got to think 20 to 30 years into the fu­ture.”

Joly has noted that the de­vel­oper’s strat­egy of in­vest­ing in real es­tate for the long haul gives it a vested in­ter­est in work­ing with the com­mu­nity to en­sure that the space works. She be­lieves the BVA’s new party sta­tus will give it even more of an in­flu­ence.

“We may find our res­i­dents just have a voice a lit­tle closer to the ta­ble, so to speak,” said Joly.

Car­roll hopes those voices will be used to deal with the is­sues be­yond park­land.

“There’s a lot of work to be done with all the com­po­nents of this site,” said Car­roll. “Green space is far from be­ing the only prob­lem in this pro­posal.”

QuadReal’s up­dated plans for Bayview Village are ex­pected to be un­veiled to the pub­lic in an open house in Novem­ber. The set­tle­ment date at the LPAT is sched­uled for April 24, 2019.

“Green space is far from be­ing the only prob­lem in this pro­posal.”

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