Toronto’s Long Branch neighbourhood in South Etobicoke was developed a century ago, and has seen investments for redevelopments along Lake Shore Boulevard over the last several years, but now we are seeing a proposal being made in the heart of the community, across the road from the lake. A proposal from The Lake Promenade Co-Tenancy for 220 Lake Promenade would replace the five existing apartment buildings with larger and fully modern buildings.

Looking northwest to the current apartments at the site, image retrieved from Google Street View


On behalf of the landowner, Bousfields has submitted Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications for the site east of Long Branch Avenue and north of Lake Promenade. The site is across from Long Branch Park and has a frontage along Park Boulevard to the north as well. The site is generally rectangular and about 36,630m² in area. The five rental apartment buildings currently on the site are seven storeys tall each and are mostly arranged along the periphery of the site, with one going up through the middle on the south side. A western courtyard is mostly surface parking while the eastern courtyard is partly surface parking and mostly lawns. This proposal would occur in phases to gradually move existing residents into the new buildings.

Looking southeast from Long Branch Avenue and Park Boulevard to 220 Lake Promenade, designed by BDP Quadrangle for The Lake Promenade Co-Tenancy


The proposal would see the aging buildings demolished and replaced with modern buildings significantly larger in size. Two of the buildings would contain replacement rental suites, while the others would be condominiums. The design divides the site into North and South blocks via a proposed new public road. Buildings on the North Block would stand at 12 storeys or about 40.8m tall. On the South Block, buildings on the west and east sides would stand either 12 or 14 storeys (up to 49.53m tall), while two towers in the middle would be 30 storeys or 97.28m tall.

Looking south from Long Branch Avenue and Chapel Road to 220 Lake Promenade, designed by BDP Quadrangle for The Lake Promenade Co-Tenancy

BDP Quadrangle’s architectural drawings show a total of 2,021 suites, 548 of which would be rental replacement, 29 of which would be market rental, and 1,444 of which would be market condo suites. It may be preliminary at this point, but all of the buildings, whether 12, 14, or 30 storeys tall, are shown with 3 elevators each. The shorter buildings would be well served by elevators, but the two 30-storey towers would have approximately 1 elevator per every 130 suites, well above the 1 elevator per 100 suite threshoid.

Looking north from Lake Ontario to 220 Lake Promenade, designed by BDP Quadrangle for The Lake Promenade Co-Tenancy

Buildings generally would have six-storey podiums, all but two with two towers each. All towers are designed to incorporate a series of step-backs to help transition not only to the low-rise houses nearby, but also public parkland proposed to along thew west side of the property; a new park is proposed on the North Block of about 2,695m² in area that would expand an existing City parkette, while a South Block park of approximately 2,337m² would continue a green corridor south towards the lake alongside Long Branch Avenue.

Looking south from Thirty Third Street to 220 Lake Promenade, designed by BDP Quadrangle for The Lake Promenade Co-Tenancy

In total, the project calls for 1,307 new parking spaces for vehicles in three underground garages of two storeys each, with 101 of the spots meant for visitors. Located alongside the Waterfront Trail, there are 1,556 resident bicycle spaces planned across the site, or about .75 spaces per unit, with another 86 spots for visitors. 

A diagram of the proposed five towers and two public parks, image from submission to City of Toronto

The site has 8,101m² of amenity space proposed, divided nearly evening between indoor and outdoor.

Site and surrounding area, including public transit options, image from submission to City of Toronto

The site is approximately 700m from TTC streetcar stops along Lake Shore Boulevard to the north, while GO Long Branch station is about a 1.7km walk to the north and west from the site, also served Mississauga’s MiWay buses. North-south TTC routes serve Browns Line to the west and Kipling Avenue to the east.

UrbanToronto will continue to follow progress on this development, but in the meantime, you can learn more about it from our Database file, linked below. If you'd like, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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