Leaside development

Another large development proposed on Eglinton in this Toronto neighbourhood

A proposed development in Leaside will transform the site currently home to the Hyde Park Plaza, at the southeast corner of Eglinton Avenue and Brentcliffe Road. The new plan includes four condominium towers of 16 to 28 storeys, two new public roads and two new privately-owned, publicly accessible open spaces (“POPS”).

The site, which is on the route of the Crosstown Eglinton LRT, housed a long-time Staples store, as well as a piano store, and other retail amenities.

Already, the application has caught the eye of local city councillor Jaye Robinson, in whose ward the development site is located.

“While this application was only submitted a few weeks ago and is at the early stages of the City’s planning process I am very concerned by the proposed tower heights,” said Robinson.

The development application includes room for 937 parking spaces for residents, visitors and commercial patrons are provided in a two-level underground garage. There is also an off-site public parkland dedication and westerly expansion of the existing public park (Leonard Linton Park) to approximately Aerodrome Crescent adjacent to the redevelopment site on the south side of Vanderhoof Avenue.

The development will require both an official plan and a zoning bylaw amendment. Robinson said, the properties are also subject to the new Laird in Focus Secondary Plan, which city council approved two years ago. She said, Laird in Focus anticipates maximum heights of 12-16 storeys for the site.

“Despite the clear policies in the place, all but one of the proposed towers in this application exceed the maximum permitted height, ranging from 16-28 storeys,” said Robinson. “It’s frustrating to see developers continue to disregard new municipal planning policies. This approach is not conducive to good planning and does not respect the efforts of city staff or the community members who put countless hours into developing a comprehensive, community-based plan for this fast-growing area of the city.”

There are now three large-scale, multi-tower mixed-use developments currently being planned or proposed along one block of Eglinton Avenue from the southeast corner of Laird Drive to the southeast corner of Brentcliffe, which will completely transform the neighbourhood.

On the opposite side of Brentcliffe to the new proposal, Diamondcorp’s mixed-use development contains three towers with another six towers that are part of the redevelopment of the 8.8-acre site on the southeast corner of Laird and Eglinton.

The developments will bring thousands of new residents to Leaside.

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