At the edge of Downtown Toronto, just east of the Don River, swaths of industrial land are ripe for intensification and redevelopment, with millions of square feet already proposed. Although we do not know exactly what is in store for East Harbour—the landmark development looking to transform the area—since Cadillac Fairview’s September 2019 purchase of the site, plans have surfaced for an adjacent site. Oil and Gas firm Enbridge is looking to upgrade their existing facilities at 405 Eastern Avenue with a new 1,657 m² single storey warehouse and office space, doubling the size of their current space. 

Looking east to the subject site, image via Google Maps

The plans are split between two options for the site, both contemplated in this submission. Phase 1 of the project proposes the single storey redevelopment. Two more floors of office space are proposed in a second phase, however, pending the installation of new transit infrastructure in the area. (Supports for the additional floors would be installed into the single storey building to accomodate this future expansion.) The transit infrastructure being referred to here is the potential Ontario Line station that would be located at the East Harbour development. The new infrastructure, combined with the influx of office workers that would move into East Harbour, would make this location a far-more viable spot for office space. 

Single storey version of 405 Eastern, image obtained via submission to the City of Toronto

Submitted for Site Plan Approval, the redevelopment already has as-of-right zoning for the property, and makes some effort to contribute to the urbanization of Eastern Avenue from its current state as an industrial area. The building would be shifted from its current location closer to the street, moving parking partially to the rear of the building and to a single-storey underground garage.  Existing natural gas infrastructure, which supplies the majority of Downtown Toronto’s natural gas, would remain on the west side of the site abutting the elevated rail corridor. 

Designed by WalterFedy, the building would be characterized by curtainwall glass and brick framing on its north and south façades. 

Looking south-west to the Three storey version of 405 Eastern, image obtained via submission to the City of Toronto

You can learn more about 405 Eastern Avenue from our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like to, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread or leave a comment in the field provided on this page.

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