Massive development proposal on the way for Bayview Village shopping centre
Residential buildings up to 33 storeys proposed
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