Christie Cookies Approvals & Master Planning

2014 - Present

Toronto, Ontario

Urban Strategies is working with First Capital Realty (FCR) and a multi-disciplinary consultant team to guide the development of a comprehensive master plan and related development approvals for the redevelopment of this 28 acre former-industrial site, located at Park Lawn and Lake Shore. The surrounding Humber Bay Shores area has experienced rapid residential growth without a comparable investment in transit and other community services and amenities. This reality presents compelling opportunities and challenges for the site, with pressures to “complete” the Humber Bay Shores community.

Building on years of work advising the client, from their purchase of the site to the successful resolution of an LPAT appeal to introduce residential mixed use development on the site in the summer of 2019, Urban Strategies recently led a first Official Plan Amendment application to the City in October, 2019. This application outlines the team’s emerging vision and master plan for the site, strategically timed to provide input into the City’s work developing a Secondary Plan for the site.

The Master Plan includes a new Park Lawn GO Station, a fine-grain network of new streets, connections, open spaces, a public park, and TTC improvements that integrate street car and bus services to create an intermodal transit hub at the GO Station. The master plan introduces a range of new mixed use and commercial/retail buildings across the site, including approximately 41,900 m2 of new office uses, primarily clustered at the GO Station. A covered Galleria is located at the heart of the site, which allows for a vibrant retail environment across all four seasons, providing a focal point for the 42,700 m2 of proposed retail uses spread across the site. Parking, loading and servicing functions are consolidated in shared areas below grade, maximizing space for the public realm and prioritizing the pedestrian experience at grade. The public realm is made up of the proposed park, three large squares, and a range of other open spaces, which together cover over 25% of the site, providing a network of animated public spaces that enhance connectivity and last mile connections to transit.

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