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Monday, September 21, 2009

Zoned Out

My other fave Danforth East blog DECA Diaries tipped me off last week that a sign has gone up at the vacant lot at 2055 Danforth (just west of Woodbine) indicating an application to amend the zoning by-law has been submitted. This site has had a fiery history so as a person unfamiliar with building codes and by-laws, I had questions. What does this mean and how will it affect us? I know that lots of people are eager to see this developed rather than sit empty, so I did some investigatin'.

After a bit of sleuthing, I tracked down Emily in the City Planners office. She said that the sign pretty much speaks for itself - formerly zoned only for commercial use, the developers have asked that this be rezoned as a mixed-use site including residential units, parking and retail. There has been a site plan submitted, but it is not for public viewing as of yet, as it is still making the rounds of the Planning office. The good news is that the city planner assigned to this case, Tine Major, is an east-ender. This is important because she will better empathize with east-end sentiments on redevelopment.

There has been lots of controversy over the years about 2055 Danforth, so Emily explained that there will be a preliminary report made to the city counciller (Sandra Bussin) who will then call a community meeting. I'll keep everyone posted when I hear more. In the meantime, I'd be interested in what people think should go into this space. Leave your comments below!


  1. The area definately needs more foot traffic, so having a 12 storey residential building would certainly help do that. The question is, will it be a condo, rentals, TCH or something else? I hope it's a condo, and that it is a sign of more to come. Danforth needs some intensification for the area to truly blossom.

  2. I think more people would be good for the local businesses, and I'm guessing that condo-types tend to do a lot of local shopping. The devil's in the details, but this feels like it could be a real positive for the 'hood.

  3. Rumour has it they are planning condos. See Mat's comment on DECA Diaries: I think seeing condos in our area will be great for our neighbourhood and for local businesses!

  4. Although the posted permit applications don't reflect it, this is intended to be a condo build (at this stage in the game, the permitting process is identical for apartments or condos). Emily at the planning office was kind enough to phone the builder on my behalf, and confirmed that they're planning a condo arrangement, presumably to break ground sometime next year.

    Although it's premature to be drawing conclusions, it's worth noting that the proposed building's footprint is much smaller than the lot size, and parking is noted as being below grade. I'm _hoping_ that this means green space and less parking lot, but until we see the plans, it's really anybody's guess.

    In any case, this proposal is certainly a better alternative for that site than the gas station rumours that were circulating over the past few years!

  5. Mat, where did you see the site plan? As mentioned, the planning office said they didn't have one available for viewing as of yet. I'd love to see it! :)