High-rise development is bringing about a massive transformation of Etobicoke's waterfront, primarily at its east end in the booming Humber Bay Shores community. Other stretches of the Etobicoke waterfront are witnessing growth pressures to a lesser degree, including just to the west in Mimico, where we are now learning about a development proposed at 2313 Lake Shore Boulevard West.
Currently occupied by two 10-storey rental apartment buildings containing 266 units, the proposal calls for a new 25-storey condominium tower to be constructed on the lake side of the property, adding 241 suites for a total of 507 residential units on the combined site. The proposed development would increase the gross floor area of the site by 23,061 m2, bringing the total number up to 50,260 m2. The current residential zoning allows for a maximum 1.5 times coverage of the lot, though the existing buildings and new proposal would combine to take up 4.32 times the area of the lot, and is one of the reasons that Shoreline Towers Inc,. the owner of the site, is pursuing rezoning.
Amongst the issues that the Planning Department will be analyzing regarding the plans will be their conformity with the Mimico-by-the-Lake Secondary Plan and the Mimico 20/20 Urban Design Guidelines. The Secondary Plan—not yet in force—and the Guidelines both seek to bring redevelopment that is appropriate for renewal of the area yet which supports its small town, lakeside character.
Plans include access for residents to a new section of the Waterfront Trail was opened past the site last year. Residents in suites facing the lake would have views across the harbour area, protected by the green fingers of the Humber Bay Parks, and typically filled with pleasure craft in warmer months. The view of the Toronto skyline across Humber Bay will be another major selling feature for this development.
The new building would include 390 vehicle parking spaces and 223 bicycle parking spaces. 102 of the existing surface parking spaces would be displaced by the new development, and be replaced in the new tower's 3 levels of underground parking and 4 levels of above ground parking.
We will return with updates as additional information about the project emerges. In the meantime, you can join in the discussion by visiting the associated Forum thread, linked below, or by leaving a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.