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

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This report from our Growth to Watch For series moves east from our last instalment that explored North Etobicoke and Weston, and heads further into the former municipalities of York and North York. Zig-zagging our way eastward, we explore the area of the city north of Eglinton Avenue but south of the 401, stretching from Black Creek Drive in the west to Yonge Street in the east. Working our way through several diverse neighbourhoods, we highlight all projects currently under construction, all proposals moving through the planning process, and all developments in the early stages of design.

Map outlining the area covered in this report, base image via Google Maps

One significant neighbourhood-wide redevelopment unfolding in the area covered in this report is the ongoing Lawrence Heights Revitalization, where multiple new condominium, townhome, and rental buildings are being constructed along the mixed-income model that has proven successful in Toronto's Regent Park and Alexandra Park neighbourhoods. The Toronto Community Housing project, the largest in its history, is being rebuilt with private development partners Context Development and Metropia to replace all 1,208 of the community's rent-geared-to-income units with new subsidized housing, while adding 4,902 new market-priced residential units.

Concept rendering of the Lawrence Heights Revitalization, image courtesy of TCHC

Other large-scale projects are emerging Dufferin Street, including a plan to build towers of 23, 27 and 29 storeys on the Holiday Inn site at 3450 Dufferin, just south of Highway 401. Just east of this site, the ever-expanding Yorkdale Mall is planning a massive mixed-use redevelopment calling for a combination of residential, commercial, and retail uses, with buildings ranging in height from 4 to 30 storeys.

Conceptual rendering of the Dufferin Street frontage for the Yorkdale Mall redevelopment, image courtesy of Oxford Properties

The wide avenues covered in this stretch of the city are home to a growing collection of active and proposed mid-rise developments. One such node is the Avenue Road and Lawrence area, where mid-rise condominium projects like Empire Maven and Avenue & Park in varying stages of construction, while another medium-density project is planned nearby at 250 Lawrence Avenue West.

Empire Maven under construction, image by Edward Skira

North of the growing cluster of towers at Yonge and Eglinton, Yonge Street's path through the north end of Midtown Toronto includes a mix of mid-rise and lower high-rise projects in the works. From south to north, projects along this stretch include a 14-storey condo at 2500 Yonge that would include retained facades of the heritage Capitol Theatre, a nine-storey boutique condo building at 2577 Yonge, a nine-storey condo known as The Winslow at 2779 Yonge, a seven-storey luxury rental building at 2851 Yonge, and a 13-storey condo at 2908 Yonge. While the proposed density on Yonge drops off sharply north of Lawrence, bigger plans are in the works at the Yonge and Wilson/York Mills intersection. At the intersection's northwest corner, a proposed two-tower condominium and hotel development would rise 21 and 35 storeys at 4050 Yonge.

4050 Yonge, 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 8th 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.

Individual reports from our 2019 and 2020 Growth to Watch For series can now be purchased à la carte for $39.99 per report. Please contact us for more details.

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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