Developer plans 'whole community' on Mr. Christie's lands in Etobicoke

News Oct 12, 2017 by Tamara Shephard Etobicoke Guardian

A Toronto retail property developer, owner and operator envisions a “whole community” on the former Mr. Christie’s land in south Etobicoke.

Recently, work crews began dismantling the former bakery and warehouse after the city issued a demolition permit on the 27-acre property on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Park Lawn Road.

The iconic Christie’s water tower will remain.

It is being considered for inclusion on the city’s heritage property register.

“Our intention is to keep it and incorporate it into our ultimate design of the property,” said First Capital Realty vice-president, development Jodi Shpigel.

Last year, First Capital purchased the property, and while it hasn’t yet filed a development application with the city, the company intends a mixed-use development, Shpigel said.

“Really, 27 acres is such a significant size property, we’re really developing a whole community,” Shpigel said. “Not only retail and services that are in demand, but community amenities, residential, restaurants, banks and open spaces.”

Currently, the land is zoned employment.

Mondelez Canada, the property’s previous owner, filed an Ontario Municipal Board appeal after city council rejected its rezoning bid.

“We inherited the OMB appeal, but we haven’t acted upon it,” Shpigel said. “Our desire is to work with the city and the community on a complete development.”

First Capital is the predominant landlord and owner in Liberty Village’s mixed-use development. It also owns and operates Leaside Village at Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East, and Yorkville Village at Avenue Road north of Bloor Street West.

Humber Bay Shores continues to experience a population explosion with approximately 25,000 condominium units, and thousands more in various stages of development or construction.

Etobicoke-Lakeshore Coun. Mark Grimes, who represents the area, said the Humber Bay Shores community can’t absorb more residential development.

“It was a huge election issue,” Grimes said. “No more residential. There’s no way the area can handle it. We need to get transit built first.”

Many in the waterfront community are eager to see the former cookie plant redeveloped into a transit hub, and First Capital would, as well.

“We knew transit and traffic congestion was an issue going in, which means there is an opportunity to improve it,” Shpigel said. “We believe our property’s size is a very suitable area to host a GO station. We believe we can be the solution to it.”

Metrolinx officials have said they evaluated the Lake Shore and Park Lawn area, and it did not make the shortlist of 12 stations being studied and designed.

Grimes said he has met with Metrolinx officials to emphasize the need for a GO station in the lakefront Etobicoke neighbourhood.

“Me, (Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP) Peter Milczyn, (Etobicoke-Lakeshore MP) James Maloney and (TTC CEO) Andy Byford met with Metrolinx to tell them ‘we want a transit hub,’” Grimes said.

First Capital’s purchase of the property, and the transit hub potential it presents, bodes well for further Metrolinx consideration, Grimes said.

“Something is going to happen. It’s going to have a huge impact on that area,” he said.

Developer plans 'whole community' on Mr. Christie's lands in Etobicoke

First Realty, city, community on board with future onsite transit hub

News Oct 12, 2017 by Tamara Shephard Etobicoke Guardian

A Toronto retail property developer, owner and operator envisions a “whole community” on the former Mr. Christie’s land in south Etobicoke.

Recently, work crews began dismantling the former bakery and warehouse after the city issued a demolition permit on the 27-acre property on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Park Lawn Road.

The iconic Christie’s water tower will remain.

It is being considered for inclusion on the city’s heritage property register.

“Our intention is to keep it and incorporate it into our ultimate design of the property,” said First Capital Realty vice-president, development Jodi Shpigel.

Last year, First Capital purchased the property, and while it hasn’t yet filed a development application with the city, the company intends a mixed-use development, Shpigel said.

“Really, 27 acres is such a significant size property, we’re really developing a whole community,” Shpigel said. “Not only retail and services that are in demand, but community amenities, residential, restaurants, banks and open spaces.”

Currently, the land is zoned employment.

Mondelez Canada, the property’s previous owner, filed an Ontario Municipal Board appeal after city council rejected its rezoning bid.

“We inherited the OMB appeal, but we haven’t acted upon it,” Shpigel said. “Our desire is to work with the city and the community on a complete development.”

First Capital is the predominant landlord and owner in Liberty Village’s mixed-use development. It also owns and operates Leaside Village at Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East, and Yorkville Village at Avenue Road north of Bloor Street West.

Humber Bay Shores continues to experience a population explosion with approximately 25,000 condominium units, and thousands more in various stages of development or construction.

Etobicoke-Lakeshore Coun. Mark Grimes, who represents the area, said the Humber Bay Shores community can’t absorb more residential development.

“It was a huge election issue,” Grimes said. “No more residential. There’s no way the area can handle it. We need to get transit built first.”

Many in the waterfront community are eager to see the former cookie plant redeveloped into a transit hub, and First Capital would, as well.

“We knew transit and traffic congestion was an issue going in, which means there is an opportunity to improve it,” Shpigel said. “We believe our property’s size is a very suitable area to host a GO station. We believe we can be the solution to it.”

Metrolinx officials have said they evaluated the Lake Shore and Park Lawn area, and it did not make the shortlist of 12 stations being studied and designed.

Grimes said he has met with Metrolinx officials to emphasize the need for a GO station in the lakefront Etobicoke neighbourhood.

“Me, (Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP) Peter Milczyn, (Etobicoke-Lakeshore MP) James Maloney and (TTC CEO) Andy Byford met with Metrolinx to tell them ‘we want a transit hub,’” Grimes said.

First Capital’s purchase of the property, and the transit hub potential it presents, bodes well for further Metrolinx consideration, Grimes said.

“Something is going to happen. It’s going to have a huge impact on that area,” he said.

Developer plans 'whole community' on Mr. Christie's lands in Etobicoke

First Realty, city, community on board with future onsite transit hub

News Oct 12, 2017 by Tamara Shephard Etobicoke Guardian

A Toronto retail property developer, owner and operator envisions a “whole community” on the former Mr. Christie’s land in south Etobicoke.

Recently, work crews began dismantling the former bakery and warehouse after the city issued a demolition permit on the 27-acre property on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Park Lawn Road.

The iconic Christie’s water tower will remain.

It is being considered for inclusion on the city’s heritage property register.

“Our intention is to keep it and incorporate it into our ultimate design of the property,” said First Capital Realty vice-president, development Jodi Shpigel.

Last year, First Capital purchased the property, and while it hasn’t yet filed a development application with the city, the company intends a mixed-use development, Shpigel said.

“Really, 27 acres is such a significant size property, we’re really developing a whole community,” Shpigel said. “Not only retail and services that are in demand, but community amenities, residential, restaurants, banks and open spaces.”

Currently, the land is zoned employment.

Mondelez Canada, the property’s previous owner, filed an Ontario Municipal Board appeal after city council rejected its rezoning bid.

“We inherited the OMB appeal, but we haven’t acted upon it,” Shpigel said. “Our desire is to work with the city and the community on a complete development.”

First Capital is the predominant landlord and owner in Liberty Village’s mixed-use development. It also owns and operates Leaside Village at Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East, and Yorkville Village at Avenue Road north of Bloor Street West.

Humber Bay Shores continues to experience a population explosion with approximately 25,000 condominium units, and thousands more in various stages of development or construction.

Etobicoke-Lakeshore Coun. Mark Grimes, who represents the area, said the Humber Bay Shores community can’t absorb more residential development.

“It was a huge election issue,” Grimes said. “No more residential. There’s no way the area can handle it. We need to get transit built first.”

Many in the waterfront community are eager to see the former cookie plant redeveloped into a transit hub, and First Capital would, as well.

“We knew transit and traffic congestion was an issue going in, which means there is an opportunity to improve it,” Shpigel said. “We believe our property’s size is a very suitable area to host a GO station. We believe we can be the solution to it.”

Metrolinx officials have said they evaluated the Lake Shore and Park Lawn area, and it did not make the shortlist of 12 stations being studied and designed.

Grimes said he has met with Metrolinx officials to emphasize the need for a GO station in the lakefront Etobicoke neighbourhood.

“Me, (Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP) Peter Milczyn, (Etobicoke-Lakeshore MP) James Maloney and (TTC CEO) Andy Byford met with Metrolinx to tell them ‘we want a transit hub,’” Grimes said.

First Capital’s purchase of the property, and the transit hub potential it presents, bodes well for further Metrolinx consideration, Grimes said.

“Something is going to happen. It’s going to have a huge impact on that area,” he said.