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6 Dawes

Creating connections for an emerging community.

The ask: to design a transit-oriented mixed-use development at one of the City’s most transit accessible areas with TTC and GO Transit services both within walking distance. The project would include retail and commercial uses, new housing, a new public park, new public street and potential direct connections to the Danforth GO Transit Station

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The Challenge

The project required a multidisciplinary response to site and area opportunities and constraints, including:

  • rail safety and structural challenges associated with constructing immediately adjacent to the Danforth GO Transit station 
  • coordination with adjacent landowners to secure public infrastructure improvements identified through the City-initiated Main Street Planning Study such as new public parks and open spaces, new public roads, servicing upgrades, affordable housing and other community amenities

Our Solution

Bousfields has been involved since 2015, providing strategic planning and urban design advice to the past and current owners of the site to:

  • unlock development potential and fully optimize an underutilized site
  • overcome key policy and design considerations associated with developing on lands that are immediately adjacent to the Danforth GO Transit station and associated rail corridor
  • plan for a new emerging community, and ensuring the necessary community amenities and infrastructure are provided

Throughout the course of the project, Bousfields collaborated with City staff and area residents, as well as participated in extensive mediation hearings with adjacent landowners, all in an effort to resolve issues identified through the City-initiated Main Street Planning Study and site-specific rezoning application process.

The Outcome

Bousfields was retained by the previous owners to obtain a zoning by-law amendment to permit the redevelopment of the site for a mixed-use development and in December 2021. We provided planning evidence to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) in support of a settlement with the City for four residential towers with heights of 29, 39, and 37 storeys in Phase 1, and a 17-storey building in Phase 2.

The approved project contributes to the development of a new complete community, forming a part of the master plan for the Main Street Planning Study Area. Other aspects of this master planned community secured by the development include the provision of a new on-site public park, a privately-owned publicly accessible open space (POPS), and contribution of lands towards a new public road. Other community benefits secured for the project include on-site affordable housing units and financial contributions towards a new community centre.

Bousfields continues to be involved as the first phase is being developed by the new owners, Fitzrovia, by assisting in the securement of planning approvals such as Site Plan Approval. The three of the four buildings will be provided as purpose-built rentals. The development is planned as a mixed-use development that accommodates for a range of household types and sizes in proximity to the Danforth GO Transit station. Amenities available to the residents of the development include a pool, a pet-spa, a gym and yoga room, and a childcare and pre-school facility. Ground floor retail will also be provided through the development.

6 Dawes

Fitzrovia (previously Carlyle Communities and Slate Asset Management)

Address: 6 Dawes Road

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David Huynh

Partner

Planning
416-947-9744x242
dhuynh@bousfields.ca

David has extensive experience in obtaining development approvals (Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, Site Plan Approval, Plan of Subdivision, Plan of Condominium, Consent and Minor Variance), project coordination and management, undertaking reports and studies (Planning and Urban Design Rationales, Segment Studies, Block Context Plans, Housing Issues Reports) and associated research assignments, as well as providing expert planning witness at the Ontario Land Tribunal and presenting to Council, Committees and the general public.

In line with Bousfields Inc.’s collaborative approach, David works to build strong relationships with clients, consultants, community members and municipal staff to work towards solutions and positive outcomes.

Specializing in land use planning matters, he has been involved in a number of intensification and infill projects, as well as greenfield projects, throughout Toronto and the GTA. These projects include residential, commercial, office, institutional and mixed-use developments.

David joined Bousfields Inc. in 2004 as a full-time planner and became a partner in 2015. David earned an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo (2002). David is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario.

Andrea Vetere

Planner

Planning
416-947-9744x272
avetere@bousfields.ca

Andrea joined Bousfields in September 2021 as a Planner. She holds a diploma in GIS and Urban Planning from Fanshawe College and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University.

Andrea has experience in both the planning and real estate industries. In Andrea’s final semester of her Bachelor’s degree, she interned at a boutique planning law firm which developed her passion for development planning. After she graduated in 2019, Andrea worked at a real estate company for close to two years where she was involved in tracking development activity across the City of Toronto. Prior to joining Bousfields, Andrea worked as a Planner at a consulting firm where she was involved in a variety of development projects across the GTA.

Since joining Bousfields, Andrea has assisted with several projects across the GTHA which involved the preparation of due diligences, planning opinion letters, planning rationale reports, community services and facilities studies, housing issue reports, and coordination and submission of development applications.