New plans for Bayview Village to be unveiled
The developer seeks to add an acre-sized park to the mall redevelopment
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.”