The site currently includes a self-storage facility that consists of 14 single-storey, self-storage warehouse buildings and an ancillary office. It also includes the lands along Main Street where the entrance path to the Danforth GO Station building is located.
The vision for the site is to create a complete community including direct connections and access to the Danforth GO Station, a new community centre, a thoughtfully designed public space, and a mix of residential units.
The developer submitted a Zoning By-law Amendment Application in November 2019 which is currently being circulated among City Staff and departments so they can provide comments and feedback. At the same time, the community is being consulted through this website and, when possible, in-person stakeholder and public meetings. The feedback received will inform any revisions that the developer may be required to make. This is the beginning of a review process which typically takes about 18 to 24 months to get final planning approvals from the City.
The Main Street Planning Study is a master plan for the properties close to Main Street Subway Station and Danforth GO Station to guide future growth and intensification in this area. The Study area generally includes the lands southeast of the Main-Danforth intersection, including 6 Dawes Road. More information about the Study can be found here:www.toronto.ca/main-street-planning-study.
The development proposed for 6 Dawes Road considered the draft Framework Plan in the Main Street Planning Study and provides many elements being contemplated by the City as part of this Study including a new community Centre, an integrated Danforth GO station, a new road and publicly accessible green space (POPS).
We do not have information on the timeline of when other landowners in the area expect to redevelop their lands. However, below is the status of the following other developments in the area at the time of our application:
The site is immediately adjacent to public transit including two Major Transit Station Areas (MTAs). MTAs are areas that include lands within a 500- to 800-metre radius (up to a 10-minute walk) of an existing or planned transit station. Provincial planning policies, such as the Growth Plan 2019, direct municipalities to focus growth in proximity to MTAs.
We are at the beginning of an extensive review and approval process which typically takes about 18 to 24 months to complete. Assuming we get all the necessary approvals, we would likely start construction shortly thereafter however, several factors will determine exact construction start timing.
The community centre, as proposed by the developer, is intended to be over 50,000 ft2 or 4,865 m2 in size and will be operated by the City of Toronto. Based on initial conversations with City Staff, our proposal includes an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor running track, an outdoor basketball court, a dance room, a pre-school area, a fitness centre, various multi-purpose and activity rooms, as well as other ancillary spaces such as change rooms, administrative offices and storage/service rooms. This proposal is currently under review by City Staff and has not yet been approved.
The existing Main Square Community Centre, owned by Talisker and leased to the City, is 35,000 ft2 in size. Pending approval by City Staff, our proposal would replace the Main Square Community Centre with a new 50,000 ft2 community centre including space for a wider range of services and programs. The City and Talisker will ultimately determine what will happen to the existing building once a new community centre is built.
The site and the surroundings are expected to accommodate more people and jobs should this proposal be approved. As with any new development, it is important to consider how to integrate new users into the transportation network. The new development integrates the Danforth GO Station and is a 3-minute walk from the Main Street Subway Station, which would make it easier for new residents and others using the new development to take transit. This will help reduce vehicular traffic and encourage modes of transportation other than driving.
Also, as part of the development review process, the City’s Transportation Division will review the Transportation Impact Study, we have submitted with the Re-zoning Application, and provide comments, which will be used to update our plans as necessary. Click here to review the Transportation Impact Study.
A total of 401 above-grade parking spaces are provided for the new development. These parking spaces include 300 residential spaces, 84 visitor spaces, 3 spaces for the GO Danforth Station, and 14 car-share spaces. These parking spaces will be in the form of a parking structure and screened from the public streets using architectural design elements.
Our traffic consultants have conducted an extensive study of the area and planned future development. Together with the City’s transportation engineers, an appropriate amount of parking will be determined through the approvals process to ensure that future residents in our proposed project will not add parking strains to the surrounding community.