Answer from Infrastructure Ontario: The Province will be bringing these properties to open market via the transit-oriented communities program to find a suitable development partner following city review and public consultations for a final site proposal.
Which developers are you working with for both blocks?
How much affordable housing is being proposed in total?
Answer from Infrastructure Ontario: Design plans are still under development but the current proposed development concept for the site includes residential development. Further details about the Corktown site will be forthcoming once further analysis and consideration of input from discussions between the City and Province have been advanced, including details around community amenities and opportunities for affordable housing.
Through the development review process, details around community amenities, including affordable housing, will be formed through meaningful input and dialogue with the City and community.
How much community space is being proposed in total?
Answer from Instructure Ontario: Design plans are still under development but the current proposed development concept for the site includes residential development and community space. Further details about the Corktown site will be forthcoming once further analysis and consideration of input from discussions between the City and Province have been advanced, including details around community amenities and opportunities for affordable housing.
What public consultation is planned to discuss zoning by-law matters such as height, setbacks, tower separation distances, streetwall heights, etc.?
Answer from Infrastructure Ontario: The release of the development proposal to the City and Councillor is the first step in soliciting input on these matters. Following their initial review, the transit-oriented community concept will be amended and brought for community consultation and input.
The Province is working with the City of Toronto to develop a public engagement process to receive public input and review of the development proposal at Corktown in keeping with our commitment of the Memorandum of Understanding finalized by both parties in January 2020. The proposed early design concept includes mixed-use spaces with careful consideration for compatibility with the surrounding area.
Further details on the public engagement process will be communicated in the near future once the City of Toronto has finalized its review process. Our intent is to begin this important dialogue in Fall 2021.
What is the planned timeline for approvals and construction?
Answers from Infrastructure Ontario: Timing for approvals is currently under discussion with the City. Construction on the transit-oriented community development will begin after the site is no longer required for transit construction.
Is IO’s plan to seek a Minister’s Zoning Order, or to seek approval through City Council?
Answer from Infrastructure Ontario: The Province’s aim is to work with the City through a review process for our proposed transit-oriented communities development concepts while maintaining stated project timelines. We are excited to begin that review process with the City of Toronto at the proposed Corktown station.
What will happen regarding these plans and ownership should the Ontario Line not proceed? Can the lands revert back to the City?
Answer from Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx: The Province is committed to building the Ontario Line and is making significant progress on procurement.
Metrolinx remains committed to getting this critical transit project built. Early works for the project are beginning in 2021, and procurement for the major constructions contract for the southern portion of the Ontario Line is currently in market.
Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario, on behalf of the Province, are currently working with the City of Toronto and other stakeholders on the future plans for the site regarding both the Ontario Line station and the transit-oriented community proposal.