If you grew up anywhere on Toronto's west side, you'll likely remember the sprawling Mr. Christie factory and outlet store that abutted south Etobicoke's waterfront and produced the world's favourite cookie for more than 60 years. (You'll at least be able to recognize its iconic water tower.)
When demolition of the Lakeshore Boulevard site began in 2017, there was talk of a mega development taking the factory's place, slated to include a transit hub, retail space, restaurants, and residences (i.e., condos).
RT BuzzBuzzHome "RT bbhGTA: Remember the Mr. Christie site in Etobicoke bought by First Capital in 2016? Well, an Official Plan Amendment has been submitted and the scope of this community is.....absolutely MASSIVE, and will change the face of Humber… https://t.co/YUVyFHF5Ey"— Kimberley Ezeard (@KimEzeard) October 22, 2019
First Capital Realty has submitted to the city an official plan application for the location, which it purchased in 2016. The site was rezoned to a mixed-used area earlier this year.
The plan proposes around 550,000 square metres of residential space (7,500 condo and rental units) and nearly 100,000 metres of commercial, retail, entertainment and restaurant space over the 11 hectare lot.
Included in the proposal? Yes, an integrated transit hub, aka "Park Lawn GO Station". This would be a much needed addition to a neighbourhood that has gained a reputation for it's current transit issues. pic.twitter.com/HcL9mAAacr— bbhGTA (@bbhGTA) October 22, 2019
There are also plans for a 20,200 square metre hotel, and a transit hub that will include a GO station and "significant investment in road infrastructure." The community will be a mix of 15 mid-rise and tall buildings, as well as outdoor spaces.
First Capital, which has been behind a slew of other proposed and completed projects in the city, cites a 65 per cent growth in the Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood around the factory since 2011 — along with a high average income — to back up the proposal.
And in case you were wondering: yes, the Mr. Christie water tower is being incorporated into a new public park. pic.twitter.com/gJGeNUbSsY— bbhGTA (@bbhGTA) October 22, 2019
by Becky Robertson via blogTO