Situated alongside one of Etobicoke’s busiest streets, the Westwood Theatre site historically housed a popular movie theatre. After 45 years in operation, the Westwood Theatre closed its doors in 1998 and was demolished in 2013.
The area continues to transform. Around these lands lies what is locally known as the “spaghetti junction,” a complicated interchange where Kipling Avenue, Bloor Street and Dundas Street intersect. This area is currently undergoing a $77 million infrastructure project to re-design and urbanize the busy road network to allow for a more urban form including better vehicle circulation and access points, and optimize servicing, so that future development is supported.
In addition to providing input into the City’s vehicle circulation and servicing design, Build Toronto (now part of CreateTO) is master-planning for the 13.8 acre Westwood Theatre site. We will be working to ensure that uses, massing, parking and vehicular circulation, pedestrian pathways, parks, open spaces and streetscape are all carefully combined with a mix of uses to create a livable community that is in line with the investment in the area. Our plans will fall in line with the concepts and guidelines developed out of the Etobicoke Centre Secondary Plan, the West District Design Initiative and the Etobicoke Centre Public Space and Streetscape Plan.
We will be taking land parcels to market as they become available and we are working to incorporate an affordable housing component within this development.
Update: Report Now Available – The Etobicoke Civic Centre – Building a New Vision
In July 2016, City Council directed us, in collaboration with the City, to launch a design competition for a new ECC on the Westwood Theatre Lands and the development of a business case. This body of work has been completed and our final report, The Etobicoke Civic Centre – Building a New Vision is now available.
DetailsMajor Intersection: Bloor Street West and Kipling Avenue
Surrounding Uses: A mixture of new large-scale high-density residential developments, established low-density residential, low-density industrial buildings, the subway and rail corridor and a commercial plaza north, south and west of the site. The Toronto Police Services 22 Division is immediately east.
Ward: 3 - Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Councillor: Mark Grimes
Site Area (acres): 13.8
Past Use: Vacant
Proposed Use: A residential development with office and retail components
Official Plan - Land Use Designation: Mixed Use
Planning and Staff Reports:
- West District Design Initiative
- Etobicoke Centre Public Space and Streetscape Plan
- West District Study: Results of the West District Design Initiative
- Etobicoke Centre Secondary Plan
- Enhance the public realm
- Create a distinct identity for the growing community with a mix of uses including retail, office, recreation and residential
- Minimize vehicular impact on the public realm
- Prioritize the pedestrian environment by creating strong links between the subway and the surrounding neighbourhoods
- Integrate development into the upcoming visually stimulating and functionally integrated mixed-use community