The consolidation of two high schools in Scarborough's Midland and Lawrence area will soon free up space for a new townhome development. The closed Bendale Technical Institute on Midland and the soon-to-close David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute on Lawrence are being folded into the new Lawrence Midland Secondary School on Brockley Drive between the two sites. Originally targeted to open for the start of the September semester, construction trade strikes this past summer have pushed back the new school's opening.

The area around the schools, with the former Bendale site left of centre, image retrieved from Google Maps


A recent application seeking Site Plan Approval offers details of the upcoming residential development on the former Bendale site. Proposed by Madison Group, the plan for 1555 Midland calls for 13 blocks of freehold townhomes with a group of semi-detached houses to the north of the site, designed by Flanagan Beresford Patteson Architects, and served by a network of new public roads and lanes connected to a northerly extension of Brockley Drive which then turns west and connects to Midland Avenue. The most northerly portion of the site is to become an extension of Donwood Park, connecting it to Norbury Crescent and the new townhome development.

Site plan, 1555 Midland, image via submission to City of Toronto

Supporting documents included with the submission reveal four different exterior finish packages with a range of materials. These includes varying tones of brick, stucco, stone, aluminum, glazing, and roofing tiles that will give the blocks of homes some variety.

One of the townhome blocks proposed at 1555 Midland, image via submission to City of Toronto

A landscape plan from landscape architects Ferris + Associates Inc. shows that 59 trees would be removed from the site, though they would then be replaced at a 3:1 ratio for 177 total trees. The plantings would allow for a tree-lined right of way on an extended Brockley Drive and a pair of yet-to-be-named streets.

Additional information and images can be found in our Database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment below.

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Related Companies:  Ferris + Associates Inc., Madison Group