The LRA is continuing to seek more information about possible high-rise construction on the southeast corner of Bayview and Eglinton. We reported on this in February, and while we've confirmed that there is no municipal planning application, this is Metrolinx property, and the provincial government has shown its willingness to use Minister's Zoning Orders to circumvent local planning processes.
To be clear, the LRA favors sensible development: Concert Properties at Sunnybrook Plaza and RioCan at Laird and Eglinton are good examples of developers working within the municipal planning framework and with neighbourhood communities to reach outcomes that balance the need to accommodate new residents with locally appropriate scale and design. But a high-rise at Bayview and Eglinton would not qualify.
In the words of one reader:
"In my professional opinion, the concrete structure is definitely designed for more than a station entrance building. The concrete columns, beams and slabs are sized to support a significant future structure. These column sizes are typical for the base of a high rise tower. The roof slab ... transitions from about 18” thickness to 4’ or greater. The thicker element is likely a transfer slab, required to support a point load (column) mid span. The size of the rebar lying on the site is typical for a much larger structure.
"The white steel framing is a curtain wall system for future glazing. It will form part of a future facade and has no load bearing capacity. The much lighter framing at the northwest (Metro) corner station is typical for the structure required for a one storey building."
Check the photos for yourself:
146-150 Laird staging area
The LRA has expressed its strong opposition to a proposed construction staging area at 146-150 Laird Dr, which would close one southbound lane for 24 months and the west sidewalk for 39 months, starting October 1. The lack of parallel planning measures to calm streets where traffic is likely to divert, particularly Randolph Rd, creates significant risks. Further, the lack of serious consideration of alternatives, such as the vacant property at 134 Laird, is concerning. Read our full letter [PDF].
Committee of Adjustment / LPAT
The LRA continues to be active in Committee of Adjustment and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) processes, specifically on applications that would negatively and materially affect neighbours and the community. In addition to our own advocacy, we encourage local residents to make their views known. We have an online guide for participating in Committee of Adjustment proceedings.