In this week's UTPro Instant Report, we turn our spotlight to Toronto’s Ward 19 Beaches-East York, to find a mixed bag of elegant living spaces and dynamic urban developments. Bordered by Lake Ontario to the south, Coxwell Avenue to the west, Sunrise Avenue to the north, and Victoria Park Avenue to the east, Ward 19 offers a living environment that ranges from stately treelined streets of single-family homes to high-rise, multi-unit living.

Map view of Ward 19, image from UTPro Instant Report

With a population of 109,465 as of 2022, Ward 19 is a thriving community with a steady population growth of 4.4% over the last decade, with 34% of its population being visible minorities. The region, well-serviced by the Danforth Line 2 subway and Danforth GO station, anticipates enhanced connectivity with the future introduction of the Ontario Line to the west.

Our Custom Location Report reveals a total of recent and ongoing 60 projects at various stages: 30 in pre-construction, 7 under construction, and 23 recently completed. The substantial number of pre-construction projects indicates an anticipated increase in density as more people move to the GTHA. These projects span a diverse range of categories, including residential (with 10,215 new dwelling units), commercial, institutional, and public spaces, showcasing the ward’s multifaceted urban landscape.

Summary of proposals in Ward 19, image from UTPro Instant Report

Completed in late 2020, Beech House is a luxurious boutique building that offers 95 spacious terraced residences. Designed by Richard Ziegler Architect and developed by Mitchell & Associates, this seven-storey building is addressed to 353 Beech Avenue, on the south side of Kingston Road. It provides a unique living experience with warehouse-style architecture, views over the low-rise neighbourhood to the lake, and access to amenities, including a state-of-the-art YMCA facility on the lower two floors.

Looking southeast to Beech House, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor AlbertC

Currently under construction at Bela Square is a contemporary 35-storey rental apartment building designed by Arcadis. Developed by DBS Developments and Preston Group, this infill project beside an existing 24-storey apartment building is located a 17-minute walk from of Victoria Park station. It will introduce 480 housing units on land that was previously mostly surface parking.

Looking west to the construction site of 90 Eastdale Avenue, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor tstormers

Looking ahead, significantly more infill is proposed at the southeast corner of Danforth Avenue and Main Street. The massive mixed-use development proposal for 2575 Danforth Avenue  is designed by WZMH Architects for Victoria Wood/Main Square LP. The project, which is steps to the subway or GO train, will feature five new buildings on an existing apartment block site ranging from 15 to 55 storeys, offering a total of 1,550 units and incorporating retail and community centre spaces, including upgraded landscaping of the grounds.

Looking southwest to 2575 Danforth Avenue, designed by WZMH Architects for Victoria Wood/Main Square LP

Current developments in Ward 19 vary in height, with an average of 36.6m and a maximum of 177.55m. With a median storey count of 7, the ward primarily features mid-rise developments, though the presence of buildings up to 55 storeys indicates potential for denser growth next to transit stations. The area boasts an average Floor Space Index (FSI) of 4.77 and a total Gross Floor Area (GFA) of 821,549m², accommodating diverse residential and commercial needs.

GFA breakdown for Ward 19, image from UTPro Instant Report

Ward 19 Beaches-East York reflects Toronto's dynamic urban development, with projects ranging from townhomes to high-rises, in rentals and condos. With work on the Ontario Line underway close by to the west, the area is not only poised for further growth and density but will likely only increase as a desirable destination for living and working in Toronto’s East End.

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Related Companies:  Arcadis, Bousfields, DBS Developments, EQ Building Performance Inc., Ferris + Associates Inc., Grounded Engineering Inc., Groundwater Environmental Management Services Inc. (GEMS), Kramer Design Associates Limited, Live Patrol Inc., MCW Consultants Ltd, My Design Studio, Precise ParkLink, Preston Group, Rebar Enterprises Inc, RWDI Climate and Performance Engineering, TUCKER HIRISE Construction, WZMH Architects