AVENUE AND LAWRENCE REDEVELOPMENT
This 2.7 acre site (284- 290 Lawrence Avenue West and 1507-1545 Avenue Road) encompasses seven existing properties on the northeast corner of Avenue and Lawrence: from the 3-storey apartment building at 284 Lawrence Avenue West around the corner, up to including Pusateri. Royal Lighting is not part of the development. The subject properties were acquired by First Capital Holdings over the past few years. An application for two new buildings was submitted in May 2020. LPRO and the other three affected resident groups – Bedford Park Residents Organization (BPRO), Upper Avenue Community Association (UACA) and South Armour Heights Residents’ Association (SAHRA) – have been communicating with the developer since late 2019.
A preliminary report for the proposal was considered by North York Community Council on September 10, 2020. This report identified issues to be addressed and resulted in the scheduling of a community meeting. No decisions have been made with regard to approval or refusal of the proposal.
Since then the Developer acquired an additional property to the east: the adjacent office building at 272 Lawrence Avenue West and is working on a revised plan for the site.
LPRO and the three other residents groups submitted a joint letter to North York Community Council. The letter expressed our initial concerns with the proposal: lack of required onsite parkland, vehicle access issues, excessive height and a lack of upper-level step-backs. The four residents groups recently met with City Planning, the Developer and Councilor Colle to discuss the proposal. A virtual community meeting took place on October 22, 2020. The City provided an overview of the proposal and existing policies. The Developer provided additional information on the proposal. There was an opportunity for questions and comments.
The proposal is for two buildings, referred to as Building A and Building B. Building A would be located at the north end of the site and is proposed to be 10 storeys and 34.8m storeys tall. Building B would be located at the corner of Avenue and Lawrence and is proposed to be 15 storeys and 46.4m tall. The proposal includes 455 residential units and 4,680m2 of retail. The development includes a 600-car parking garage with two driveways exiting directly onto Avenue Road and Lawrence mid-block, permitting both left and right turns without traffic signals. The property includes lands adjacent to the Douglas Greenbelt Ravine which must be dedicated to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The Developer proposes a Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) measuring 903m2. The City Planning and Parks Departments have indicated they will be seeking an onsite parkland dedication of 1470m2 or 15% of the site area as required by the Toronto Parkland Bylaw. The Toronto Parkland Bylaw requires parkland to be publicly owned. Because the POPS would be owned by the Developer it does not count towards the parkland dedication. Neither the City nor residents groups are satisfied with the current open space plan.