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

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This edition of our Growth to Watch For series heads into the heart of the city, venturing through the northern area of Downtown Toronto along Yonge and Bay Street between Bloor and College Streets. Covering 0.75 km² (75 hectares), this small section of Downtown is one of the densest in the city, with new residential towers continuing to intensify the neighbourhood. A number of these proposals are going through the appeals process at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) following City efforts to manage the rapid pace of development. 

Picking up from where we left off last time in our Church and Jarvis corridors report, we will begin travelling westbound on Charles Street, turning south on Yonge to College Park, heading west to Bay and veering north, ending at the eastern edge of the University of Toronto campus. Along the way, we'll provide an overview of the developments currently making their way through the planning process, buildings that are under construction, and projects nearing completion.

Map outlining area covered, base image retrieved from Google Earth

The future of this area is looking to be tall and dense, with three proposals—2 Carlton, 415 Yonge, and 1075 Bay—that if they are approved and built, would rank among the top ten tallest buildings in the city if completed today. Over a dozen projects planned and in the works in the area covered would exceed heights of 140 metres, primarily within long spines of density forming around Yonge and Bay streets, though the Historic Yonge Heritage Conservation District is affecting the design of new applications for the former.

2 Carlton Street, image via submission to the City of Toronto

Another high-rise canyon now dominates the narrow Charles Street East, where tall condominium towers line both sides of the residential street. At the east end of the stretch, 55C: 55 Charles Condos is the latest project to begin construction in the Charles Street canyon, just steps east of the completed Casa III Condos.

Looking up at 55C: 55 Charles Condos, image courtesy of MOD Developments

There's much, much more in the report!

New Growth to Watch For 2020 reports are being released on an ongoing basis, each covering a different section of the Greater Toronto Area. The series' upcoming 19th report will move into the University of Toronto area, and other neighbourhoods west of Downtown.

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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