Our annual Growth To Watch For series is back for another year, bigger, taller, and more comprehensive than ever before. This year's Growth to Watch For reports are presented by NEEZO Studios. Over the course of the year, we will bring 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 under construction or about to be completed. 

A total of 21 reports from Toronto and additional reports from the surrounding 905 will be available to subscribers throughout the year. (Details of how to get the reports can be found at the bottom of this article.) For a taste of what's offered in the first report in our 2020 series, here's a sneak peek at some of the contents.

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We begin our 2020 journey in the Entertainment District, in what has been the most active development area in Toronto over the past several years. A staggering number of office and residential towers are planned or under construction within the roughly one square kilometre area bordered by Simcoe Street, the Rail Corridor, Bathurst Street, and Richmond Street. To be home to tens of thousands of more residents and workers, the Entertainment District is quickly becoming one of Toronto's densest neighbourhoods with a slate of high-rise and mid-rise buildings on the way.

The District ranges from Bathurst to west of Simcoe, & south of Queen to the rail tracks, base image via Google Maps

Starting at the southeast corner of the area covered, we take a winding path through the area starting on Front Street West, before winding back and forth along Wellington, King, Adelaide, and Richmond Streets to summarize the what remains as Toronto's busiest development node. Along this path, we'll cover some of the country's most significant planned and under construction projects.

Projects covered in this report range from massive complexes to smaller-scaled projects lining side streets. Among the heavy hitters covered in this area are mixed-use, multi-tower complexes like The Well and Union Park are aiming to create complete communities that interact with the surrounding cityscape.

Union Park, image via submission to the City of Toronto

One notable project hotly anticipated since being revealed in 2012 is Mirvish+Gehry, a pair of Frank Gehry-designed 81 and 91-storey condo towers proposed for the north side of King Street between John and Duncan, the taller of which would stand as Canada's tallest building if completed today. Other architectural standouts planned in the area include the Bjarke Ingels Group-designed KING Toronto development, for which site clearing has begun.

Looking northwest to updated plans for Mirvish+Gehry Toronto, image courtesy of Great Gulf/Dream/Westdale

Serving all of this density, public spaces of various sizes are on the horizon for the area. By far the largest and highest profile of these is the proposed Rail Deck Park. First announced in 2017, the 13-acre $1.7-billion public park would bridge over the rail corridor between Bathurst Street and Blue Jays Way, providing some much-needed green space in the downtown core—if a way to pay for it can be found. 

Concept drawing of Rail Deck Park facing east, included in the City's latest study

New Growth to Watch For 2020 reports are to be released on an ongoing basis, each covering a different section of the Greater Toronto Area. The series' upcoming 2nd report will move into the King & Queen West, Liberty Village & Parkdale areas.

Subscribers can get access to the complete existing and future reports for the year on our Growth to Watch For 2020 landing page. Subscribe today as a standalone subscription purchase for $199+tax, and you'll receive access to all reports.

The full list of the Toronto Growth to Watch For 2020 instalments includes:

1.  Entertainment District

2.  King & Queen West, Liberty Village & Parkdale

3.  South Etobicoke

4.  Etobicoke Centre & Bloor West

5.  Dupont, the Junction, & St. Clair West

6.  North Etobicoke & Weston

7.  York to Yorkdale to York Mills

8.  Downsview & York University

9.  North York Centre & Willowdale

10.  North Scarborough

11.  Central Scarborough

12.  Beaches, Leslieville, & The Danforth

13.  East York & Don Mills

14.  Midtown: Eglinton to St. Clair

15.  Bloor-Yorkville & Rosedale

16.  Corktown-Regent Park-Cabbagetown

17.  Jarvis & Church Corridors

18.  Downtown Toronto North

19.  U of T, West of Downtown

20.  Downtown Toronto Core

21.  Toronto's Central Waterfront

Additional reports will cover development in the surrounding '905' region.

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