South Etobicoke subject area, base image retrieved from Google Maps

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 third report in our 2020 series, here's a sneak peek at some of the contents.

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This report begins at the intersection of The Queensway and Windermere Avenue in Toronto's Swansea neighbourhood. From here, we move west across the Humber River to focus on the emerging developments of South Etobicoke, which has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. The area covered in this report includes the booming Humber Bay Shores area, which now boasts one of the GTA's most impressive skylines, rivalling that of the larger development nodes outside the core. Our list includes all developments nearing completion, all projects under construction, and an ensemble of new proposals working their way through the planning process.

South Etobicoke subject area, base image retrieved from Google Maps

Several condominium towers are under construction in Humber Bay Shores currently, including work wrapping up for the current tallest in the neighbourhood, the 228-metre-tall tower at Empire CommunitiesEau du Soleil Condos, set to complete construction later this year.

Eau du Soleil Condos, image by Forum contributor Full Metal Junkie

The area's biggest coming change was announced last year, when concept plans were unveiled for the 27-acre former Mr. Christie's cookie factory site across the road at 2150 Lake Shore Boulevard West. The proposed community, master-planned by Allies and Morrison and Urban Strategies for First Capital and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, could consist of 15 towers—one as high as 71 storeys—along with a mix of commercial, hotel, and public space. Overall go-ahead for it is contingent upon a new Park Lawn GO Station being opened.

2150 Lake Shore, aka the Mr. Christie's site, image retrieved via submission to the City of Toronto

Another emerging node in the area is covered by the City's Mimico-Judson Secondary Plan, a large tract of rail-side industrial lands in the vicinity of Mimico GO station, a kilometre to the west. Multiple projects are in various stages of approval in this area, including a 25-storey residential tower at 25 Audley Street, 12, 26, and 37-storey residential buildings at 23 Buckingham, 22, 30, and 36-storey residential buildings at 39 Newcastle, and 20 and 24-storey towers known as Grand Park Village at 10 Audley Street. The report provides much more detail on each.

Mimico Judson master block plan, image retrieved via submission to the City of Toronto

One thoroughfare with major changes planned and already underway is The Queensway, home to a long list of projects covered in the report. These include everything from mid-rise infill projects on the street's eastern stretch all the way up to master-planned area redevelopments concentrated in the stretches to the west. In the former category, Queensway Park at 784 The Queensway is among the many Beer Store site redevelopments across the city: it's already under construction. Among the larger-scaled redevelopments coming to The Queensway, a mixed-use intensification of the Sherway Gardens shopping centre and the big box shopping areas to its north are the focus of several proposals and an area plan that would create a master-planned community in the area. One of the plans at 1750 The Queensway would add significant density to the Sherway area.

25 The West Mall (Sherway Gardens) rendering, image retrieved 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 4th report will move into the South Etobicoke area.

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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