During the pandemic
Downsview Park becomes
a people place
- first time ever ???
- evenings and weekends only
- families / small groups / cyclists
- parking lots full
- park benches in demand
- shaded areas under pressure
William Baker Update: second small group consultation completed
The Canada Lands Spring 2020 bulletin gives an idea of what kind of community this would be:
"A residential neighbourhood of ... approximately 3,500 units / 6,000 – 7,000 people would typically support a range of more local-serving/ neighbourhood retail and service facilities rather than large scale or significant concentrations of more regional-serving, “destination” type commercial offerings.
- Food Stores (e.g. convenience, small grocery stores, specialty food stores);
- Smaller scale general merchandise retailers (e.g. clothing store);
- Local-serving finance, insurance/real estate offices (e.g. banking, insurance, real estate);
- Healthcare practitioners (e.g. dentist, family doctors, etc.)
- Food-services and drinking places (e.g. restaurants, cafés, etc.);
- Personal care services (e.g. drycleaners, pharmacies, etc.)
Artist's sketch of what the 3500 condo subdivision might look like if built near the integrated Downsview Park subway / Barrie GO Train station.
An unexpected twist:
Will post-Covid-19 Toronto be the same as pre-Covid-19 Toronto ?
Before the pandemic Toronto was the fastest growing big city in North America
After the pandemic nobody knows what to expect
Northwood Developments / Canada Lands do a first on-line consultation for "the Downsview Airport Lands" on June 9
NOTABLE: 13 consultant companies are helping the owners communicate
NOTE: this large property, a combined 520 acres, is 9 times larger than the William Baker development
QUESTION: How do 13 separate parties communicate with each other during a pandemic ???
- Design (4 teams): urban development, planning, architecture, landscaping
- Technical (4 teams): transportation, sustainability, municipal infrastructure, energy
- Communications (5 teams): engagement, public consultation, indigenous engagement, communications and design, future design
1. Is an on-line consultation a consultation? (just wondering)
DLCVA Editorial: ON PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS
2. What is it with the Official Plan (i.e. the Downsview Secondary Plan)?
For Wm Baker, Canada Lands says the Plan is final .... has to be 3550 residential condos
For the Airport lands, Canada Lands says Plan has to change ... too much employment lands
So we have the same owner making contradictory statements
Anybody get the feeling that the big boys play by different rules ???