Making 2021 Toronto’s year of the missing middle

BY BRAD BRADFORD | JANUARY 18, 2021 The year 2021 comes with high expectations, expectations to get back to the work we started pre-COVID and to build back stronger when it’s over. In addition to our continued fight against COVID, this year has to be the year of the missing middle. Despite the pandemic shifting how … Read more

How Fear Took Over the American Suburbs

By Sarah Holder | January 14, 2021 | Something goes terribly wrong at a nuclear power plant. The response is muddled by corporate greed, and the public is threatened by (but ultimately spared from)massive environmental catastrophe. That’s the basic plot of The China Syndrome, a movie starring Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon released on March 16, 1979. It also happens to have … Read more

COVID-19: UrbanToronto Updates from the Industry for December 14, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching effects in Toronto, including major impacts to what have been booming real estate and building industries. Many jobs and most events are currently suspended, postponed, or affected in other ways, though UrbanToronto is still operating at full strength with our team working remotely. As a means to keep … Read more

Medallion Corp Looks to Redevelop Valu-Mart on Bayview in Leaside

A mid-rise, mixed-use rental building is being proposed for Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood at 1500 Bayview Avenue on the northwest corner with Davisville Avenue. The site currently houses a parking lot, a Valu-Mart, and a garden centre & greenhouse. In October, Toronto-based Medallion Corporation submitted Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control applications to City planners in order to redevelop the … Read more

SmartCentres and Greenwin Plan Striking Rental Tower in Davisville Village

A proposal recently submitted to the City of Toronto seeks Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Approval to bring a purpose-built rental tower and a new public park to 185 Balliol Street, a short walk east of Davisville subway station in Midtown’s Davisville Village area. The proposed development, a joint venture between SmartLiving by SmartCentres REIT with seasoned rental … Read more

Legalize Accessory Commercial Units

By Ashley Salvador | December 8, 2020 | Here’s the understatement of the year: the pandemic has been brutal—absolutely brutal—for small businesses and local economies. Depending on who’s doing the estimating, somewhere between 40% and 85% of restaurants won’t survive the winter. Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern warned back in August of a restaurant “extinction event.” … Read more