Our neighbourhood will be almost unrecognizable within ten years. Work is moving ahead to build the North Yonge subway extension with a target completion date of 2029-30. Although plans are not yet finalized, it will consist of approximately 7.5 km of track from Finch to Langstaff Rd with likely four stations located at Steeles, Clark, Royal Orchard and Langstaff.
Already, numerous large developers are rushing to cash in on the opportunities created. At present, within the Yonge-Steeles Area, there are at least six major projects in various development stages. Because of our unusual location on the borders of Markham, Vaughan and Toronto, all three cities are engaged in considering the multiple projects. Those close by will have the most significant impact on our neighbourhood. However, others further north are also likely to impact our daily lives.
|Location (Owner)||Number of buildings||Proposed Height (storeys)||Proposed # of residential units||Proposed Additional Population|
|100 Steeles W (Salz)||4||18, 18, 49, 54||1,765||2,648|
|180 Steeles W (Mizrahi)||6||16, 16, 25, 29, 39, 45||2,080||3,120|
|2 Steeles W/ 7028 Yonge (Gupta)||3||50, 56, 65||1,890||3,137|
|36-60 Steeles E /37-63 Highland Pk (Zonix)||4||13,13,8,8||871||1,310|
|72 Steeles W/ 7040 Yonge (Humbold)||4||38, 44, 56, 60||2,620||3,930|
|7080 Yonge (Chestnut Hill)||2||20, 40||652||978|
What is Our Response?
Representing the residents of our area, GARA is extremely concerned about the scope of the proposed developments and the apparent lack of planning to provide the necessary community infrastructure to support the added population. Considering estimates suggest an additional 60,00 people will be living in the Yonge-Steeles area, the following issues need to be addressed:
- lack of public park space
- traffic grid-lock on main roads
- traffic infiltration into residential neighbourhoods
- the failure to provide additional capacity in community services such as libraries, community centres, schools and daycares.
GARA is working with neighbouring residents associations looking for ways to ensure these issues are addressed. We would welcome hearing your questions and concerns and will continue to update the community as more information becomes available.