The project consists of building a new two-level underground parking garage and 192 new stack townhomes and a new amenity building for the residents. The project will take four years from start to completion and it will involve several phases to accommodate on-site parking for the residents while the construction activities are underway.
Construction will start by converting the middle and south-east courtyards into surface parking lots for the residents which will allow for demolition of the existing one-level underground parking garages. The next phase will consist of the demolished parking garages converted into additional surface parking followed by installation of two temporary two-level parking structures in the middle and south-east courtyards (Target Milestone: October 2022).
Construction at the site is successfully underway. However, in the lead up to the start of construction work, there have been complex issues that have affected the overall project schedule during the pandemic. Some critical issues that affected the preparation for and will continue to impact the on-site work include:
• The lack of availability of equipment and construction materials due to serious global supply chain issues.
• The availability of equipment and construction materials due to serious global supply chain issues.
• Highly involved site preparation work, such as the relocation of services (for example, sanitary and storm) without disrupting the operation of the fully occupied buildings at 17 Farmstead Road, 740 and 750 York Mills Road.
• Access constraints, and intricate vehicular movement solutions requiring careful planning for the safety and wellbeing of the approximately 950 current residents on site and the adjoining local community.
All these issues have impacted the start of construction and will affect its duration. In spite of these challenges, Minto remains committed to making every effort to expedite construction, in a safe and effective manner, that respects the needs of our tenants and the local community.
Once the temporary parking structures are installed and made available to the residents, excavation and shoring will commence in the areas where the new two-level underground parking garage will be built. Construction will then move to building the underground structure for the parking garage (Target Milestone: Summer 2023). Framing of the townhomes scheduled to start in summer of 2024 and be completed early 2025 along with the amenity building. The final stage of the project will include new landscaping and planting of trees in the middle and south east courtyards to be completed at the same time as completion of townhomes and the amenity building.
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Friday, January 27, 2023
Please find below our bi-weekly update:
During next two weeks, we can expect following traffic on-site on Farmstead Road & York Mills Road:
Traffic control guards will be stationed at multiple construction entrances when required to maintain construction vehicle traffic entering & exiting site.
MAR has had long-term plans to develop the property to its full potential for many years in response to the shortage of housing in GTA. MAR had received city zoning approval in 2011. MAR recognizes that not everyone wishes to live downtown and this family-oriented and low-density neighbourhood in East York offers a community that people want to call home. That is important to us.
Four townhouse blocks with 192 units, of which 160 will be two-bedroom and 32 will be three-bedroom. The shared amenity building will include many modern and convenient spaces and features for tenant use.
Due to the construction work needed over the course of the project, certain lawns, landscaping features, and a number of trees will need to be removed temporarily or in select instances permanently. With the end of construction, a full landscaping and reforestation plan will be rolled out. We have worked closely with the City of Toronto bylaw officials and professional arborists and landscapers to ensure the final plan returns and enhances the property to a better-than-current state.
Plans have been approved by the City and a website is hosted for residents with relevant details and plans that will be periodically updated. Please email us with any questions or concerns at [email protected]. At this time, the Resident Service Centre is closed in the interests of the safety of our residents and staff. As soon as plans are finalized, they will be posted on this website and when possible, renderings will be made available in building common spaces or notice boards.
The proposed concept is intended to meet the City’s zoning requirements and design guidelines with respect to solar access and privacy.
Naturally, noise, large machinery, dust and dirt are part of any building process. The Minto team has an outstanding reputation and protocols in place to reduce the impact on the community and current residents in its projects. A construction mitigation plan has been developed to minimize the impact of construction on the surrounding neighbourhood and current residents. If at any time reasonable enjoyment of residents is directly impacted, Minto Apartment REIT will provide appropriate notice and where possible, provide quiet spaces for residents who need it.
A traffic study was commissioned as part of the development (and approved by the City of Toronto). During construction, your MAR team will work closely with our construction team to minimize inconvenience and manage traffic flow.
As part of our planning process, MAR met with LYM residents, neighbours and City of Toronto officials in full transparency of our initial development plans, accepted feedback and made adjustments where necessary to help mitigate any opposition. We find there are more people who are pro-development of the space than there are opposed.
Quite the contrary. The new townhomes are low density and low rise and will balance the footprint of the community while enhancing the enclosed green space and shared spaces for all. When complete, the new landscaping will complement the existing neighbourhood look and feel, and integrate with existing parklands adjacent to the community.
Yes. The new building will have amenities including an indoor pool, fitness facilities. MAR is currently finalizing plans to update current amenity spaces in existing buildings. Updates and designs will be shared on the website when finalized
During Phase 2, the replacement of existing parking garages and carports will require the temporary relocation of some residents and visitor parking. Two temporary parking structures will be erected with a minimum of 397 temporary parking spaces provided at all times. Residents will be contacted directly a week in advance if their space is being relocated. Upon completion, there will be two levels of underground parking (644 spaces) and adequate above-ground parking (44 spaces) available, of which 12 will be committed as barrier-free and accessible parking spaces.