As the second phase of DBS Developments’ rental community in East York's Taylor-Massey neighbourhood, plans for Bela Square Phase 2 have been submitted to the City of Toronto for Zoning By-law Amendment. Designed by Arcadis, this 40-storey residential tower would be the culmination of the two-phase project, located south of 7- and 35-storey rental buildings of the first phase, on the west side of Eastdale Avenue, nestled between Lumsden and Secord avenues.

Looking southwest to Bela Square Phase 2, designed by Arcadis for DBS Developments

The site for Phase 2, at 88-90 Eastdale Avenue, currently houses townhome blocks that would be demolished to make way for the redevelopment. The site is approximately 4,800m² in area.

An aerial view of the site and surrounding area, image from submission to City of Toronto

Directly to the south would be a small public park, already secured as part of the initial phase. The site’s location offers access to several more parks within a 1km radius, particularly those of the city's ravine system along the nearby Taylor Creek. The location of Phase 2 south of the initial high-rise buildings on Eastdale Avenue is intended by the developer to create a cohesive and well-integrated urban block, while retaining the 24-storey apartment building immediately north of Phase 2.

Site plan for both phases, image from submission to City of Toronto

The proposed tower would reach a height of 132.7m, with 546 units in a 40storey tower and a 6-storey podium with townhouses at grade level. The inclusion of 65 three-bedroom units is intended to provide more than the City's 10% mandated family-oriented living spaces, to foster community cohesion, while also fulfilling replacement of the 31 existing townhouse units on the site.

Ground floor plan, image from submission to City of Toronto

With a total Gross Floor Area (GFA) of 38,848m², the design allocates 1,092m² each to indoor and outdoor amenities. Most indoor amenities area located on the second and third floors with a smaller amenity area on the seventh floor. The provision of four elevators, resulting in a ratio of one elevator for every 137 units, indicates longer than optimum wait times.

Podium for Bela Square Phase 2, designed by Arcadis for DBS Developments

The two-level underground garage is designed to house 172 parking spaces, a mix of 141 resident and 31 visitor spaces, complementing the existing parking facilities at 90 Eastdale Avenue and 2 Secord, which altogether provide 304 spaces. Furthermore, there would be 493 long-term and 110 short-term bicycle parking spaces, including 516 at grade close to the pedestrian sidewalks on the west and east sides of the site.

Looking northwest to the current site, image retrieved from Google Maps

Within a 15-minute walk of Main Street subway station, and shorter walks to Danforth Avenue and Main Street, the site is served by TTC bus routes along both roads. These routes provide access to multiple stations on Danforth Line 2, as well as the Danforth GO station. The upcoming Lakeshore East Line GO Expansion (LELGE) project is set to further improve service to that station, offering faster and more efficient train services that will benefit future residents.

An aerial view of both phases, looking southeast, image from submission to City of Toronto

This area in East York is seeing an influx of new residential projects. To the south, all clustered close to Main Street subway station and/or Danforth GO station, under-construction projects include Linx Condominiums nearing completion, rising to 27 storeys, The Dawes’ dual towers at 24 and 38 storeys, and Rushden Station's trio of towers with heights ranging from 29 to 39 storeys. Adding to this upward trend, 2681 Danforth Avenue is proposed at 33 and 44 storeys, while the plans at 2721 and 2575 Danforth Avenue each envision multiple towers, with the tallest proposed at 55 storeys.

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Related Companies:  Arcadis, Bousfields, DBS Developments, Grounded Engineering Inc., Groundwater Environmental Management Services Inc. (GEMS), Kramer Design Associates Limited, LEA Consulting, MHBC Planning, Preston Group, Rebar Enterprises Inc, TUCKER HIRISE Construction