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York Mills and Leslie Update


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.

If you have any questions or concerns during typical working hours, please contact us through email at [email protected] or at 416-444-0322.  After hours or on the weekend, please use 1-866-996-4686.

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Construction Updates

Friday, January 27, 2023

Biweekly Update - 24

Please find below our bi-weekly update:


  • East of 17 Farmstead the exit stairwell temporary enclosure and railing work is in progress.
  • Barricading and separating jobsite on the North side of temporary parking structure is in progress.
  • Demobilizing of demo team East of 17 Farmstead is in progress
  • Backfilling East of 17 Farmstead East is in progress
  • Mechanical and electrical work in 740 York Mills mechanical room is in progress
  • Pouring of the foundation wall in 740 York Mills mechanical room - to start
  • Waterproofing work at 17 Farmstead and 740 York Mills - to start
  • West of 17 Farmstead above grade parking garage demolition - to start
  • Bell Duct Bank re-routing - to start

During next two weeks, we can expect following traffic on-site on Farmstead Road & York Mills Road:

  • Transport trailers & mid-size delivery trucks delivering excavating machines & equipment
  • Concrete supply trucks along with mobile cranes & pumps.

 

Traffic control guards will be stationed at multiple construction entrances when required to maintain construction vehicle traffic entering & exiting site.

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Friday, January, 13, 2023

Please find below our bi-weekly update:

17 Farmstead East Exit Stairwell concrete and railing work in progress.

Excavation/Ground preparation for 740 York Mills Mechanical room Foundation Wall.

Barricading and Separating jobsite on North side of temporary parking structure. 

The following notes from previous update are re-scheduled:

17 Farmstead West Garage Demolition to start in the 2nd week of February, 2023 

Demolition work at 17 Farmstead East Garage and backfilling to resume in the 2nd week of February, 2023

During the next two weeks, we can expect following traffic on-site on Farmstead Road and York Mills Road:

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivering excavating machines and equipment

Concrete supply trucks along with mobile cranes and pumps.

Traffic control guards will be stationed at multiple construction entrances when required to maintain construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting site.

Friday, December, 23, 2022

Please find below our bi-weekly update:


Last day for onsite construction, barring any emergency work to be December 23, 2022

Demolition work at 17 Farmstead East Garage and backfilling to resume 1st week of January, 2023

17 Farmstead East Exit Stairwell concrete formwork in progress (*weather pending) 

17 Farmstead West Garage Demolition to start mid- January 2023

 

During construction commencement again in January, we can expect following traffic on site on Farmstead Road and York Mills Road:

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivering excavating machines and equipment

Concrete supply trucks along with mobile crane and pumps 

 

Traffic control guard will be stationed at multiple construction entrances when required to maintain construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting site.

Friday, December, 09, 2022

In the next two weeks:

Demolition work at 17 Farmstead East Garage in progress followed by on-going backfill and compaction

17 Farmstead East Exit Stairwell concrete formwork to start in the week of December 12th 

17 Farmstead West Mechanical foundation wall and suspended slab waterproofing to start in the week of December 12th 

Structure Parking B final guardrail fittings and protective installations

During next two weeks we can expect following traffic on site on Farmstead Road and York Mills Road.

Dump trucks importing of granular/soil materials along with exporting demolished concrete and debris

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivering excavating machines and equipment

Concrete supply trucks along with mobile crane and pumps 

Traffic control guard will be stationed at multiple construction entrances when required to maintain construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting site.

Friday, November, 25, 2022

In the next two weeks:

Parking Lot B Structure signage installation and final electrical lighting inspections.

Demolition work at 17 Farmstead East Garage in progress, garage backfill to start mid-week November 30th

Concrete slab work at 750 York Mills at the Northwest Corner alcove areas.

Masonry block work to enclose 17 Farmstead West Garage Sprinkler Room at P1 Level followed by foundation waterproofing

During next two weeks we can expect following traffic on site on Farmstead Road and York Mills Road.

Dump trucks importing of granular/soil materials along with exporting demolished concrete and debris

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivering excavating machines and equipment

Concrete supply trucks along with mobile crane and pumps 

Stone slinger trucks placing granular materials

Traffic control guard will be stationed at multiple construction entrances when required to maintain construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting site.

Friday, November, 11, 2022

In the next two weeks:

Installation of lighting, signage, pavement markings at Parking B Structure to start in the week of November 14th 

Concrete work at 17 Farmstead West Mechanical room in progress

Concrete saw cutting at 17 Farmstead East Garage in the week of November 14th followed by start of garage demolition November 21st

During next two weeks we can expect following traffic on site on Farmstead Road and York Mills Road:

Dump trucks importing granular/soil materials along with exporting demolished concrete and debris

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivering excavating machines and equipment

Concrete supply trucks along with mobile crane and  concrete pumps

Traffic control guard will be stationed at multiple construction entrances when required to maintain construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting site.

Friday, October, 28, 2022

In the next two weeks:

Installation of Temporary Parking Structure B

On-going garage decommissioning at 17 Farmstead East and West Garage

Start importing soil material and stockpile in the Northwest surface parking lot for future garage backfill

Concrete work at 17 Farmstead West Mechanical Water meter room in progress

Target date to start 17 Farmstead east garage demolition week of November 7th 

During next two weeks we can expect following traffic on site on Farmstead Road and York Mills Road.

Dump trucks importing of granular/soil materials along with exporting demolished concrete and debris

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivering excavating machines and equipment

53’ transport trailers delivering equipment, parking panels and steel columns

Concrete supply trucks along with mobile crane and concrete pumps

Traffic control guard will be stationed at construction entrances when required to maintain construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting site.

Friday, October, 14, 2022

In the next two weeks we will:

Parking Lot C line pavement markings and signage. Start relocating 17 Farmstead Parking tenants to Parking Lot C starting October 20th 

Start decommissioning 17 Farmstead East and West garage in preparation for future demolition.

Pour concrete suspended slab at 17 Farmstead West garage to form part of future garage connection link.

Week of October 24th start delivery of temporary parking panels/materials followed by installation.

During next two weeks we can expect following traffic on site:

Dump trucks importing of granular materials 

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivering excavating machines and equipment

53’ transport trailers delivering equipment and parking panels

Traffic control guard will be stationed at both York Mills Road and Farmstead Road entrances when required to maintain construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting site.

Friday, September, 30, 2022

Installation of new storm lines and manhole structures at the corner of Leslie & Farmstead; site service trade to demobilize October 3rd 2022

Start demolition of 740 York Mills West Stairwell ahead of preparing for Temporary Parking B structure; on-going survey layout of parking structure at Parking Lot B

Fine Grading and grade compacting (north side of 750 York Mills) which will be followed by placing new asphalt to complete Parking Lot C by October 7th

October 11th start relocating tenant parking from 17 Farmstead building to Parking Lot C. Start decommissioning both East and West Garage in preparation of demolition

During next two weeks we can expect following traffic on site:

Dump trucks exporting soil and importation of granular materials and asphalt 

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivering excavating machines and equipment

Asphalt equipment and machinery

Traffic control guard will be stationed and both York Mills Road and Farmstead Road entrances when required to maintain construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting site

Friday, September, 16, 2022

Residents in surface Parking Lot B to be relocated to Parking Lot A starting September 19th 2022. Surface Parking Lot B to be fenced off for construction.

Civil work about 85% complete at 750 York Mills for new storm and sanitary services. Precast storm chamber installation to be completed by September 22nd 2022. 

Install in-ground electrical services which will be followed by fine grading work and start asphalt paving at Parking Lot C (north end of 750 York Mills building)

Re-direct and connect 740 York Mills existing main sanitary line to Leslie St.

During the next two weeks we can expect following traffic on site:

Dump trucks exporting soil and importation of granular materials

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivering site servicing materials, pipes and concrete Manhole structures

Asphalt equipment and machinery

Mobile crane to off-load and hoist to complete storm chamber work

Traffic control guard will be stationed at both York Mills Road and Farmstead Road entrances as required to maintain construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting site.

Friday, September, 02, 2022

Parking A asphalt paving to be completed by September 9th and to be followed by pavement markings/painting

Civil work around 60% complete at 750 York Mills for new storm & sanitary services. Precast storm chambers to be delivered to site starting September 7th 

Excavating contractor to start preparing subgrade for Parking Lot C at the North End of 750 York Mills

During the next two weeks we can expect following traffic on site:

Dump trucks exporting soil and also importing shale and granular materials

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivering site servicing materials, pipes and concrete Manhole structures

Asphalt equipment and machinery

Mobile crane to off-load and hoist the pre-cast concrete chambers

Traffic control guard will be stationed at both York Mills Road and Farmstead Road entrances to control and maintain all construction vehicle traffic entering and exiting site.

Friday, August, 19, 2022

750 York Mills garage backfilling on-going. To be completed by September 1st

Civil work in progress at 750 York Mills for new storm & sanitary services

Parking A Landscaping & Sodding started on August 19th which will be followed by asphalt paving in the week of August 29th 

 

During next two weeks we can expect following traffic on site:

Dump trucks exporting soil & also importing shale & granular materials

Transport trailers & mid-size delivery trucks delivering site servicing materials, pipes & concrete manhole structures

Asphalt equipment & machinery 

Traffic control guard will be stationed at both York Mills Road & Farmstead Road entrances to control & maintain all construction vehicle traffic entering & exiting the site.

Friday, August, 05, 2022

750 York Mills garage demolition to be completed by August 12th; stockpile soil material currently at Parking A is to be used to complete garage backfill which is 50% complete.

Site Servicing trade to mobilize August 8th to complete installing storm & sanitary services for 740 & 750 York Mills buildings & start preparing new sanitary connections at east property line along Leslie St.

Continue importing granular materials at Parking A area & start in-ground electrical services for future parking surface lot.

Complete new development hydro connections at 17 Farmstead with Toronto Hydro & set up construction temporary power infrastructure.

 

During the next two weeks we can expect the following traffic on site:

Dump trucks exporting soil, shale & granular materials

Transport trailers & mid-size delivery trucks delivering site servicing materials, pipes & concrete manhole structures.

Mobile cranes to hoist pre-cast storm chamber tanks along with stone slinger trucks to place stone granular materials

 

Traffic control guard will be stationed at both York Mills Road & Farmstead Road entrances to control & maintain all construction vehicle traffic entering & exiting site. 

Friday, July, 22, 2022

750 York Mills garage demolition in progress about 75% complete; will be followed by garage backfilling

Parking A subgrade backfilling to prepare for asphalt paving

Site Servicing work east of 750 York mills including pre-cast tank storm chambers along with continuing 740 YM SAN line north of 750

During next two weeks we can expect following traffic on site:

Dump trucks exporting soil and demolished concrete, as well as trucks importing granular and soil material

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivering site materials & large sized equipment such as excavators/drumroll compactors

Transport trailers & mobile cranes to ship & hoist into place concrete storm chambers

All vehicles and trucks will enter/exit site from the southern York mills entrance & NE corner on Farmstead Rd. * traffic control guard will be stationed at each entrance.

Friday, July, 08, 2022

•       During the next two weeks, we will continue to complete some sprinkler and electrical work in the underground garages of the existing buildings.

•       We will also continue the preparation of the south-east corner parking lot. The work in this area includes building retaining walls, importing and spreading of gravel, and pouring of concrete.

•       Demolition work at the 750 parking structure will also continue in the following two weeks.

During this time, trucks would be importing gravel to site and haul soil off site. There would also be other miscellaneous excavation equipment as well as concrete trucks. Demolition equipment such as hydraulic jacks and etc. will also be used at the 750 parking garage and dump trucks will be moving the demolition spoils from site.

Friday, June, 24, 2022

·       We continue to work on the structure and waterproofing of the underground link at 750 York Mills to get ready for the demolition of the parking garage.
·       Closing part of NE parking garage to allow access for demolition
·       Start of demolition at 750 York Mills Parking Garage
·       Site preparation at the South-East parking lot for pouring light weight concrete base
·       Closing part of NE parking garage to allow access for demolition
·       Various mechanical and electrical relocation of equipment to allow for continuation of work
 
During this period we can expect trucks delivering concrete, rebar, waterproofing material, etc. to the site. There will also be excavation, demolition, and other miscellaneous equipment delivered to site to accommodate the work outlined above. Dump trucks will also be present on site sporadically to remove the spoils resulting from demo work.

Friday, June, 10, 2022

·        740 & 750 York Mills Building Entrances will be re-open back to residents/property management along with new fire route roadway 

·        Middle Courtyard between 740 & 750 YM Parking Lot B Surface level will only be opened for the relocation of resident parking from 750 YM

·        Demolition Exit stairwell at the south side of 750 YM Carport garage followed by completing FDC connection and fire hydrant

·        Parking A Excavation works for Temporary Parking Structure

·        Parking A installation of precast landscape walls along York Mills

Please note the week of July 4th we are targeting to start the demolition of the 750 York Mills Garage.

 During the next two weeks we can expect the following traffic on site:

·        Dump trucks exporting on site soil and importing granular materials & removal of demolished concrete garage

·        Transport trailers & mid-size delivery trucks delivering site materials & large sized equipment such as excavators & compacting machine

·        Concrete trucks & concrete line pumps/equipment

All vehicles will enter/exit site from southern York mills entrance of site. the week of July 4th 2022, the same vehicles mentioned above will also be using Farmstead Rd to access north end of site. (full time traffic control will be in place at each site entrance during construction hours only)

Friday, May, 27, 2022

The labour union strikes that were affecting the progress are now over and we are back at proceeding with construction activities in the middle and south-east courtyards as well as the parking garages. Over the next two weeks we will continue with the following activities:

Middle Courtyard: Trades would be working on grading and placing of asphalt to prepare the area for additional surface parking. There are also some sanitary connections that will be completed in this area in the next two weeks.

South-East Courtyard (Leslie and York Mills): We continue with excavation and preparation for installing retaining walls to accommodate the surface parking lot to be built in this area.

750 York Mills Parking Garage: Work will continue to build the walls that are required to for the demolition process to commence.

Over the next two weeks we can expect the following construction vehicle traffic on site:

Dump trucks exporting on site soil & importing granular materials

Asphalt machines/equipment & trucks 

Hydrovac excavation trucks 

Transport trailers & mid-size delivery trucks delivering site materials 

Concrete trucks & concrete line pumps/equipment

Friday, May, 13, 2022

The next two weeks' activity is as follows:

Work continues on the site servicing excavation and storm tank chamber installation.

Parking pad excavation and engineering backfill is taking place.

Asphalt placing / new fire routes will be constructed in front of 740 and 750 York Mills entrances.

During the next two weeks, the following traffic can be expected on-site:

Dump trucks exporting site soil and importing granular material.

Asphalt machines/ equipment and trucks

Hydrovac excavation trucks exposing existing site services and utilities (as required)

Transport trailers and mid-size delivery trucks delivery site materials.

Friday, April, 22, 2022

The Site Servicing and Underground Drainage contractor will continue working on the center courtyard.

The excavating contractor will be working on the south-east corner to prepare the surface parking area. 

Preparation work will commence in the underground garage to allow for start of demolition work east of 750 York Mills.

Electrician will work on site on a small scale to complete the prep work prior to demolition.

Dump trucks will continue to move in and out of the job site removing soil using the York Mills entrance. Concrete trucks and pumps may also be on site to complete the work required in the underground parking before the start of demolition. Additional machinery (bob cats, mini excavators, etc.) may be delivered or removed from site as necessary.

Friday, April, 08, 2022

Concrete work at the entrance of 740 York mills: New entrance steps & planters boxes

Site servicing work in progress in between 740-750 York mills: Installation of Sanitary & Storm lines along with new fire hydrant & standpipe connections

Continue on-site stockpiling of excavated material within the fenced area at NW corner of Leslie/York mills

During the next two weeks we can expect trucks importing granular material, concrete supply trucks & transport trailers delivering site service materials such as concrete manholes, storm chambers & piping. All deliveries vehicles will enter site from southern York mills entrance of site.

Friday, March, 25, 2022

Demolition of the entrance canopies is now complete at both 740 and 750 York Mills.

We continue to work on preparing the surface parking lot on the south west corner.

The Site Servicing and Underslab Drainage will mobilize to site the week of March 21st to start working on the storm water management system in the middle courtyard.

During next two weeks we can expected trucks hauling soil off site using the York Mills entrance. Mobilization by our site servicing contractor would mean delivery of some new machines, equipment, and material to site. 

Friday, March, 11, 2022

Demolition work has commenced at the canopy at 750 

We are leveling the center courtyard area.

Once the work is completed at the center courtyard area the excavating contractor would move to the level the surface parking area on the south east corner.

Depending on the weather conditions and coordination with property management, we might have some parking numbering (line painting) on the parking lots on Farmstead.

During the following two weeks, we can expect dump trucks to move in and out of the job site removing soil using York Mills entrance. We also expect trucks delivering stone and possibly asphalt to be on site. Additional machinery (bob cats, mini excavators, etc.) may be delivered or removed from site as necessary.

Thursday, February, 24, 2022

The Project will undertake construction activities between the hours of 7:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 7:00pm on Saturdays in accordance with the City of Toronto By-Laws. Start-up and warm-up of equipment will not commence until after 7:00am on weekdays and 9:00am on Saturday. If it is deemed necessary to undertake construction activities outside of the above hours, the Construction Manager will coordinate and obtain the required approvals from the City of Toronto.  Notification of weekend work times that may cause noise and disruption, will be communicated in advance.  Where possible, weekend work will be generally avoided.

In order to reduce disturbances to neighbouring residents and the public, the Construction Manager and team will direct workers not to park on the streets or resident/visitor parking. No construction staging or idling will be permitted along Farmstead, Leslie Street or York Mills.

The replacement of the existing parking garages and carports requires the erection of two (2) temporary parking structures. The provision of the temporary structures is allowed for a period of not more than two years from their date of temporary parking permit receipt.

Routine Business Hours Contact: [email protected]

24 Hour After Hours Emergency Contact Number: 1.866.996.4686

All plans, dimensions and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual usable floor space may vary from the stated floor area. Column locations, window locations and size may vary and are subject to change without notice. Renderings are artist’s concept and will change if required by site conditions. Plans, specifications and materials are subject to availability, substitution, modification without notice at sole discretion of Minto Communities Inc. E. & O.E. October 2019.

FAQs

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. 

  • Phase 1 – Preconditioning construction will begin in Fall 2021 and will take approximately 3-4 months.
  • Phase 2 – Demolition of existing parking garages in Winter 2022 will take approximately 4-5 months.
  • Phase 3 – Underground Parking construction will begin in Winter 2022 and will take approximately 18 months.
  • Phase 4 – The building of the townhouses will begin in summer 2023 and will take an estimated 16 months.
  • Phase 5 – The first occupancy will begin in summer 2024 through 2025 and will be by townhouse block and expected to take 11 months.

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.

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