For too many years, the TTC Bus Barns property at the southwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton was left as a derelict eyesore in the heart of our community. More recently, this site has been actively used as a construction staging area for Metrolinx’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT.
I believe it’s time to ensure that there is a plan in place so that these lands, along with rest of the Canada Square property, can be thoughtfully redeveloped when the LRT is completed. Leaders of our local residents’ associations and I have had initial meetings with Oxford Properties, the developer of the site, and I have already informed them of four expectations I have on behalf of our community:
1. That any new development be based on good urban planning principles and be respectful of the City of Toronto’s Official Plan
2. That any new development demonstrate an appropriate transition in scale to the adjacent neighbourhood
3. That plans be devised with the community and be respectful of local residents’ feedback and not be appealed to either the OMB or the proposed Local Planning Appeals Tribunal
4. Any plan for the site must include a truly remarkable public space that would provide necessary public realm for both local residents and visitors alike. My vision is for a public space that one would find in cities like Rome, New York, London and Paris, rather than the concrete mediocrity we’re accustomed to in Toronto.
Please join me and City Staff in a discussion about how you would like to see the TTC Bus Barns and Canada Square properties be redeveloped. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 7 at 7pm at the North Toronto Collegiate Institute Commons (17 Broadway Avenue).
To view the community notice for this meeting, please click here.