Our annual Growth To Watch For series is back for another year, bigger, taller, and more comprehensive than ever. 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 fourth report in our 2020 series, here's a sneak peek at some of the contents.

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This report heads north from where our last South Etobicoke instalment left off to explore the rapidly growing Etobicoke Centre and Bloor West areas of Toronto. Passing through neighbourhoods, along avenues, and into an important growth centre, there is plenty to cover in this area of the city, with development coming in all sizes, shapes, and scales. As we loop westward through Etobicoke Centre and then travel back eastward along Bloor towards the centre of the city, we make our way through several popular areas, stopping in Kingsway, Bloor West Village, High Park, Lower Junction, and Christie Pits, before ending up on the edge of the Annex.

Map of the Etobicoke Centre Bloor West report area, base image via Google Maps

The area covered includes a stretch of Dundas Street beside Kipling Station, where a new transit hub is taking shape to better serve the region. The surrounding area is already home to a growing cluster of high-rises and also includes active construction projects like The Kip DistrictPinnacle Etobicoke, and The Westward.

Looking southeast on Aukland Road to The Westward, under construction in March, 2020, image by Forum contributor drum118

Urban developments closer to the city centre include the ongoing redevelopment of Honest Ed's at Bathurst and Bloor, where the Mirvish Village community is taking shape, one of many shopping centre redevelopments covered in this report. Further away from Downtown, many suburban malls and shopping centres are seeking to capitalize on their large footprints with significant redevelopment projects including Cloverdale MallHoneydale Mall, and Humbertown Plaza. Malls closer to the city centre are also planning redevelopments, like the Dufferin Grove Village project planned to augment the Dufferin Mall site.

Aerial rendering of conceptual Cloverdale Mall redevelopment, image via submission to the City of Toronto

One of the standout projects in the pipeline for this stretch of the city is a brand new Etobicoke Civic Centre to be built on the east side of Kipling between Dundas and Bloor. The project's design by Danish architects Henning Larsen was selected as the winner of an international design competition in 2017, and plans have been advancing in the years since. This report includes an update on the project's path through the planning process in the years since the winning design was selected.

Looking northwest to the proposed Etobicoke Civic Centre, image via submission to the City of Toronto

Other trends emerging in this part of the city include the resurgence of timber-frame construction, with projects such as T3 Sterling Road and 77 WADE proposing modern, mass timber office buildings. 

Rendering of T3 Sterling Road, image via submission to the City of Toronto

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 5th report will move into the Dupont, the Junction, and St. Clair West 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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