Community Consultation:
880 Eastern Avenue

Learn more about our plans and share your thoughts.

Context & Site

The site proposed for redevelopment is located in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood (Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth) – which is just east of the downtown core and boasts easy access to the Don Valley, trail systems, waterfront, a wide variety of bustling retail and community services.

TAS acquired the redevelopment site in early 2020. It is rectangular in shape and encompasses approximately 2,710 square metres. It currently includes three addresses: 880 Eastern Avenue (mechanic and autobody workshop), 888 Eastern Avenue and 80 Knox Avenue (warehouse used for newspaper and magazine printing). Sears Street, a unique public laneway, borders its northern edge.

Today, this particular section of Eastern Avenue serves as a distinct and dramatic boundary between residential Leslieville to the north and industrial and employment uses to the south. The area is poised to change significantly over coming years, and this project will help set a high standard for the quality and livability of local residential intensification.

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Proposal

This project presents a tremendous opportunity to drive positive impact by introducing a vibrant new point of transition between residential Leslieville and the industrial grit found south of Eastern Avenue.

Determined to approach said opportunity in a locally responsive manner, we set out on a comprehensive research, engagement and consultation process. The key findings thereof? The close-knit community living and/or working nearby love the diversity and inclusiveness of their neighbourhood, which they attribute to: 1) a mix of housing types, and 2) ample opportunities for gathering in community-oriented public and private spaces. This proposal enthusiastically seeks to enhance these local strengths – read on to learn more.


Key Stats

  • 157 new homes including a mix of studios, one, two and three bedrooms
  • Unique design that integrates into local neighborhood fabric and ranges from three to 12 storeys
  • 97% residential gross floor area (approximately 130,000 square feet)
  • 3% non-residential gross floor area (approximately 4,000 square feet)
  • 197 bicycle and 121 vehicle parking spaces

 


Design and Programming Highlights


Environmental Sustainability

This proposal strives to achieve Toronto Green Standards v3 Tier 2 and embrace sustainable building practices. Heating and cooling systems have all been designed to reduce environmental impact and we are currently exploring the feasibility of leading-edge methods such as mass timber. Finally, active transportation will be encouraged through robust cycling infrastructure.

Housing and Quality of Life

Determined to integrate the unique residential mix found across the surrounding neighborhood, we designed this project from the inside out – using different housing typologies as building blocks. Its design seamlessly integrates 157 new homes, in a wide range of layouts notably including live/work, skip-level and stacked townhouses.

Our future residents’ health and quality of life have been thoughtfully considered. Ample natural light and cross-ventilation have been prioritized with 55% of units featuring two exposure frontages. Finally, over 38% of residents will be able to walk outdoors directly from their unit.

Community Gathering

Our research and consultation process revealed that gathering space is highly valued in this area. In direct response, all non-residential spaces have been designed to ensure that productive and/or community-oriented activities can occur therein. We intend to curate commercial spaces that serve the local neighbourhood through social enterprise and/or cultural uses. Finally, the design provides a variety of common outdoor areas for residents  – notably anchored by a central courtyard at the “heart” of the development.

Honouring Each Street

This urban in-fill site is unique as it fronts onto three different streets. The proposed design seeks to enhance the public realm by considering animation, scale, setbacks and programming across all three of these frontages. Directly inspired by community insight, our proposal seeks to activate the laneway along Sears Street as a space for both utility and delight

 


Team

Architect & Planner: SvN Architects and Planners
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Process


Development Submission Documents

City of Toronto Development Application Portal (search by address, 880 Eastern Avenue)

 

Public Participation

At TAS, we engage local communities early and thoughtfully to ensure their needs and potentials can be integrated into our projects.

As such we initiated a comprehensive research and consultation exercise in summer 2020 seeking to:

1)Learn all about how those living and/or working nearby currently experience their neighbourhood
2) Establish an open line of communication for ongoing transparent discussions regarding the site’s future
3) Inform redevelopment project vision and design principles

While COVID-19 related health and safety protocols impacted our methodology, we still managed to engage with over 40 local stakeholders (at a distance of course!). The diagram below (click for a larger version) visually summarizes what we learned through these conversations, with one “bar” representing one comment from a community member:

 

 

 

These learnings meaningfully informed the Re-Zoning Application we submitted in April 2021.

 

What’s Next? 

 The next step in our engagement process will be to prepare for a City of Toronto hosted public consultation meeting, which we expect will occur in Summer 2021. We enthusiastically encourage you to take part and will be sure to promote the meeting via this website and our social media channels once the related logistics have been confirmed. 

Get Involved, Share Your Thoughts 

We warmly welcome all questions and input – please be encouraged to share yours via info@880eastern.com any time and a member of our team will be in touch.