The Avenues are Toronto’s main commercial streets and are identified by City Planning Division as one of four areas that can best accommodate growth.
Re-urbanization of the Avenues is anticipated and encouraged to accommodate new housing and job opportunities, while improving streetscapes, shopping, and public transportation – all in a form that is compatible with adjacent land uses, including Neighbourhoods.
Here are some well known avenues that will be impacted:
- Steeles Avenue
- Finch Avenue
- Lawrence Avenue
- St. Clair Avenue
- Victoria Park Avenue
- Eglinton Avenue
It is important to note however, that not all lands which fall within the Avenues are designated for growth.
The ‘Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study’ currently being prepared by Brook McIlroy Planning + Urban Design/Pace Architects together with Quadrangle Architects is ongoing and is expected to be finalized by the end of 2009. The study will cover:
- An analysis of mid-rise building precedents, typologies and test sites
- A proposed categorization of the Avenues
- An analysis of lot depths on the Avenues