Changes have been made to redevelopment blueprints for the former Mr. Christie factory site and the multi-tower complex will be even bigger than originally envisioned.
Located in the Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood of south Etobicoke, the massive mixed-use community will include 15 condo towers ranging in height from 28 to 70 storeys, for a total of more than 7,100 residential units. While the number of buildings has remained the same since land owner/developer First Capital Realty first submitted its plans for the 11-hectare piece of land in 2019, what’s new is they have been moved away from the south and west ends of the community park and heights altered to provide greater access to sunlight.
In addition to this, there will be a dedicated transit hub with its own Go Transit station and TTC streetcar loop, two elementary schools, two daycares, a public library, community centre and more public spaces, according to the updated plans. This includes a new public park that brings the proposed total on-site parkland to 1.25 hectares — nearly 2.5 times the size in the initial proposal.
Other amendments include vibrant streetscapes with additional setbacks and wider pathways that create safer travel and establish a sense of place for the community; employment uses that will capitalize on proximity to public transportation and roadways; accommodation for parking, loading and bussing requirements; and space for sitting, picnicking, community programming opportunities and seasonal festivities.
The iconic Christie cookie water tower will also be relocated to serve as a key landmark.
In 2013, the 625,000-square-foot biscuit manufacturing facility located at Park Lawn Road and Lake Shore Boulevard shuttered its doors. The decision to close was based on the facility’s aging infrastructure, underutilized manufacturing capacity and the residential development surrounding the area, according to company owner Mondelez Canada. The bakery had occupied the site for 65 years.
The Christie site master plan is still conceptual in nature and therefore subject to change. There are no completion dates set for the first of up to six phases of construction. The full build-out timeline is estimated at 25 years.