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

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Our Growth to Watch For series continues west from our trip along Dupont, St Clair, and Eglinton West as we venture into the northwest corner of the city, taking a look at development occurring throughout north Etobicoke, the west end of North York, and through Weston. It's a quieter area of the city development-wise, with projects often a couple of kilometres apart, but a variety of new projects of different uses and scales is on the way nevertheless, and the area is priming itself for even more future development with new transit lines planned to traverse the area.

Area covered in this instalment of Growth To Watch For, base image from Google Maps

New LRT lines on Eglinton Avenue West and Finch Avenue West will drive development in this area for years to come. Preparing to begin heavy construction, the Finch West LRT is set to carry commuters between Finch West subway station at Keele Street in the east with Humber College near Finch and Highway 27 to the west. Meanwhile, a few kilometres to the south, construction presses on for the Crosstown LRT, set to enter service in 2022. The area covered includes the line's western terminus—Mount Dennis Station at the corner of Eglinton Avenue and Black Creek Drive—as well as a proposed future west extension that could bring the light rail line all the way to Pearson Airport.

Looking east to Mount Dennis Station, April 2020, image by Edward Skira

One notable development node is the 684-acre Woodbine Race Track site between Highways 27 and 427 north of the Kitchener rail corridor and up to Rexdale Boulevard. The multi-phased master plan includes a first phase Gaming District with a casino and resort complex, complete with hotel and performance venue, connected directly to the east side of the race track's existing Grandstand and stretching northward from there. With phase one already well into construction, future phases include an Urban Village retail and restaurant district, as well as office, entertainment, and commercial uses. A March, 2019 announcement revealed that Woodbine Entertainment would also be funding and constructing a new GO Transit station on the network's Kitchener Line, replacing the Etobicoke North station about two kilometres to the east.

Woodbine Casino construction progress, image by Edward Skira

Some architectural highlights are planned to add visual interest to the area covered, including a late 2019 proposal at the southwest corner of Eglinton Avenue West and The East Mall. Here, Harhay Developments is proposing four Core Architects-designed towers with twisting designs at 900 The East Mall, planned to reach heights of 20, 21, 21 and 21 storeys.

Looking west to 900 The East Mall, 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 7th report will move into the York, Yorkdale, and York Mills 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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