Our annual Growth To Watch For series is back for another year, bigger, taller, and more comprehensive than ever before. Over the course of the year, we're bringing you to every significant development happening across the 416 and beyond into the Greater Toronto Area. We're covering everything from brand new proposals, to those inching their way through the planning process, to those already under construction or about to be completed.
A total of 25 reports will be available to subscribers throughout the year, with ten released so far. (Details about how to get them can be found at the bottom of this article.) For a taste of what's offered in the eleventh report, here's a sneak peek at the area highlighted.
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This edition of our Growth to Watch For series picks up where our previous report left off, moving from Sheppard Avenue's eastern terminus back west again on Kingston Road an into the bulk of Scarborough south of the 401. Along the way, the winding route covers growth along major Scarborough thoroughfares like Ellesmere Road, Lawrence Avenue, Eglinton Avenue, and Kingston Road.
Like many areas within Toronto’s inner suburbs, rising land values are making the large swathes of land occupied by industrial lots, car-dependent shopping centres, and business parks have become ripe for redevelopment, bringing a wave of high-density developments to the area. Among the latter, a low-rise business park at 670-690 Progress Ave is the site of one of Scarborough's densest development plans, with Fieldgate Homes planning a 7-tower project with heights as tall as 48 storeys, designed by TACT Architecture.
With all this new density, Scarborough is soon to get more higher-order rapid transit via the controversial extension of the Line 2 subway, replacing TTC's Line 3 'SRT'. Both the 1-stop and 3-stop plans feature the proposed Scarborough Centre Subway Station, an AECOM-designed subway station that could feature a 28-bay underground bus terminal serving local and regional routes.
The subway extension factors into other plans in Scarborough Centre, where Oxford Properties' Scarborough Town Centre could be modified significantly. An existing Cineplex theatre at the southeast end of the site is planned to come down to make way for the subway station construction, while the mall will have an addition built at the northeast end to support a new Cineplex theatre and associated 'RecRoom' entertainment and dining venue. The mall's vacated Sears space is also set to be redeveloped into a new multi-tenant retail wing. The surrounding parking lots would eventually be redeveloped with over 40 buildings, a long-term master plan currently in its early stages.
Many proposals less grandiose in nature are found throughout Scarborough. You'll find over 4 dozen of them in this instalment.
New Growth to Watch For 2019 reports are being released on an ongoing basis, each covering a different section of the Greater Toronto Area. The series' upcoming 12th report will move back west, covering the several projects coming to East Toronto's Beaches, Leslieville, and Danforth areas.
Subscribers can get access to existing and future reports for the year on our Growth to Watch For 2019 landing page. Subscribe today as a standalone subscription purchase for $199+tax, and you'll receive access to all 25 reports.