Development in Midtown has grown taller since the province of Ontario eliminated Toronto city council’s height limits in 2019. In the years since, developers have proposed 700 more storeys than would have been allowed previously. With Toronto's growing population, demand for housing, and a limited amount of land zoned for higher density, development has been forced upwards.
The majority of high-rises in Midtown are concentrated along three corridors bordering Yonge Street at Eglinton, Davisville, and St Clair, each with their own stations along the Yonge Street Line 1 Subway. As seen in the skyline projections below, proposed towers exceed both existing and presently approved heights in the areas.
Yonge and Eglinton — 45+ developments underway
The most prominent development node in Midtown is at Yonge and Eglinton. As one of four Centres identified in the City of Toronto’s Official Plan, the area has seen a significant amount of development activity over the last decade — notably alongside the construction of the Line 5 Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Density along this corridor has also progressed east toward Mt Pleasant Road and north to Erskine Avenue.
The largest proposal in the area is Oxford Properties’ Canada Square Redevelopment, which calls for 5 towers up to 65 storeys, to be built on the south-west corner of Yonge and Eglinton.
Yonge and Davisville — 20+ developments underway
A number of infill developments have emerged immediately east of the Yonge and Davisville intersection in Davisville Village. Nestled between existing apartment blocks, the new towers will add considerable height and density to the area.
Residential towers and new park space may also be constructed immediately above the TTC lands at Yonge and Davisville, as unveiled in a recent development feasibility study conducted by CreateTO.
Yonge and St Clair — 15+ developments underway
The Yonge and St Clair intersection has seen a number of development proposals over the last several years. Perhaps the most striking addition to the neighbourhood is Slate Asset Management’s One Delisle — a cylindrical 44-storey residential tower designed Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects, currently under construction immediately north of the intersection. The development sets a new height precedent for the area, but may soon be matched or surpassed by neighbouring proposals.
Midtown Toronto’s urban landscape continues to evolve as an active development corridor within the city. With Toronto’s population expected to grow considerably over the next decade, the area is likely to experience sustained growth and further densification in the years to come.
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