Imagine this: two brand new purpose build rental towers. 24 stories each, 369 new rental units in total with 45 per cent of the planned units as two-bedroom or three-bedroom, in an area that is currently walking distance to a subway station. And by the time the buildings are built, walking distance to a subway station which is also a Crosstown station, and a different Crosstown station. Add to this a new public green space, and hopefully wider sidewalks.
Toronto is definitely a NIMBY city when it comes to development and densification. For those that aren’t familiar with the term NIMBY, it’s an acronym for “not in my backyard”. It’s basically a catch-all term to describe people and groups that oppose (in regards to development) new development applications, or changes to neighbourhoods.
Ontario’s transit authority, Metrolinx, announced today that it is looking to terminate its $770 million LRT vehicle order from Bombardier. These vehicles were planned to operate on Metrolinx’s Eglinton Crosstown, Finch LRT and Sheppard LRT. The latter two lines are not yet under construction, but with the Crosstown construction already well underway, this could seriously affect the opening of the agency’s landmark project.