Lawrence Heights Revitalization: Phase 1 Update

Published October 2016

LH Demolition invite


Next Steps & Phase 1 timeline:

Demolition: October 2015
Construction: December 2015
First occupancy of Toronto Community Housing units & end of Phase 1: 2021
(233 Toronto Community Housing units, 824 private condos)

LH Designs small


Thank you to the entire Lawrence Heights community as well the support of my Council colleagues including Mayor John Tory and Councillor Anna Bailão as we focus our collective attention on the housing issues faced by the City of Toronto. 

If you have any questions about this project, please contact my office at 416-392-4027 or email me at



Josh Colle
Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence


Published August 8, 2015

The two Yorkdale condominium buildings at Ranee Avenue on either side of Allen Road, were offered for sale in November 2014 and sold out within two months. This first phase on the west side of Allen Road will include the development of a 15 storey condominium building and a 7 storey Toronto Community Housing building, which will replace the current community housing on site.

A two storey base will introduce retail stores on Ranee Avenue at Allen Road; the provision of on-site bicycle parking will make riding your bike to the store even easier. An exciting part of this project is the construction of the first section of the greenway planned on the west side of Allen Road. Look for construction to start on the first building at Ranee Avenue on the west side of Allen Road in 2015.

Published August 8, 2015 - Toronto Community Housing is finalizing the design of the first new rental buildings. Residents got a preview of the buildings and the unit plans in June. We will continue to keep residents updated on our progress as we move towards construction. Read More

Published June 2014 - Community Revitalization Update May 2014
Over the past few months, Toronto Community Housing and developer partner Heights Development Inc. have been working on the designs for the first new buildings in Lawrence Heights. Read More

Published May 2013 - On April 29, 2013, Toronto Community Housing, (TCH) announced Context- Metropia as the third party developer partners chosen to begin construction of Phase I of the re-development of Lawrence Heights.
Over the past five years, residents, City Staff, TCH, community organizations, and the local Councillor's office have worked together to develop a plan for the Lawrence Heights community. There have been many forums, meetings, staff reports, studies, workshops, surveys, and meetings of my "Councillor Working Group" to shape this.

Through additional rounds of community consultation, I secured important changes to the plan including:

  • A reduction in density
  • Protection of pedestrian and cycling connections into neighbouring communities (No opening of roads to vehicle traffic)
  • Exclusion of the Lawrence Square lands from the focus area
  • Baycrest and Yorkdale Parks maintained as parkland
  • The replacement of some mid-rise buildings with town-homes next to neighbouring communities
  • No widening of the streets, including Ranee Ave., Ameer Ave. and Neptune Dr.
  • The addition of the West Allen green belt into the park plan
  • Implementation of a financial strategy that encourages incremental development
  • Provision of space for a satellite police station should the resources be made available by Toronto Police Services

The redevelopment plan for Lawrence Heights sets out gradual change to be phased in over 20 plus years. The result will be a mixed community with:

  • New market units (condos and townhouses)
  • The replacement of existing TCH units
  • A neighbourhood park
  • Opportunities for retail
  • Community facilities like a community centre, child care centre and schools

An online copy of the plan can be found here.
The first phase of the plan will begin at Ranee Avenue adjacent to the Ranee exit of the Yorkdale subway station. This phase will include the demolition and replacement of 233 existing affordable rental housing units, as well as the construction of new townhouses and mid-rise buildings.
If you would like more information on this application, contact my office at 416-392-4027.

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