Urban Strategies is working with First Capital Realty (FCR) to explore the future of the former Christie Cookie’s site at 2150 Lake Shore Boulevard West and 23 Park Lawn Road. This 27 acre former-industrial site is located at the heart of the Humber Bay Shores area, where rapid residential growth has occurred without a comparable investment in transit and other community services and amenities. This reality presents compelling opportunities and challenges for the site, as its redevelopment presents the opportunity to “complete” the Humber Bay Shores community. At the outset of our involvement, Urban Strategies completed due diligence work to inform FCR’s purchase of the site in 2016. FCR inherited an Ontario Municipal Board appeal seeking to redesignate the site from a Core Employment Area to a new land use designation that will permit a more vibrant mix of uses. Urban Strategies continues to assist in settlement negotiation, and related consultation activities to understand community aspirations for the site. We supported FCR in its design competition to a select a high profile architect to develop a future master plan for the site, and have been working with Hatch and BA Group to confirm the site’s potential to accommodate a future Park Lawn GO Station, identified as a top priority by the City and local community. We will continue to work with FCR, the consultant team, the City, and the community to define a new vision and master plan for the site, and to advance the required approvals to realize that vision.
Urban Strategies is providing urban planning expertise related to master planning, policy, and the regulatory framework.