Four highrise applications illustrate developers aren’t shying away from going big

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Council last May voted in favour of a goal that strives to have more than half of all new homes built in established communities between 2018 and 2046, on top of adding between 1,350 and 1,650 hectares of development land inside the urban boundary.

Here are four notable mixed-use development proposals for the central area that will likely land on council’s agenda in 2021.

Rendering of a proposed highrise building at 979 Wellington St. Photo by Submitted /DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION

979 Wellington St.: Full block transformation eyed for Hintonburg transit-orientated development

An entire block of buildings, though it isn’t necessarily a big block, would be demolished and redeveloped with a 23-storey rental building at the foot of Wellington Street in Hintonburg.

Donut lovers will know the block as the former location of Suzy Q and now property owner ML Devco sees a sweet development opportunity, with the site resting a few blocks away from the Bayview O-Train station.

ML Devco is proposing a handful of street-level townhomes as part of the 304 residential units, plus a ground-floor commercial building.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see more developers in 2021 sniffing around a half-kilometre radius from the train station looking for high-density opportunities. The city is trying to direct residential density in the central communities to be near stations on the Confederation Line and Trillium Line and Bayview Station is a stop on both lines.

Rendering of a proposed highrise complex at 267 O’Connor St. Photo by Submitted /DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION

267 O’Connor St: Going big in the heart of Centretown

Taggart Realty Management has a vision for a major two-tower complex in the middle of Centretown.