5131 Sheppard Avenue East


5131 Sheppard Avenue East

Site Introduction

This vacant site, located along the Sheppard LRT line, offers a great opportunity for a transit-oriented development. The vision is for a mixed-use development with an affordable housing component that will regenerate the area by introducing new uses, an investment in public realm and improved transit to the urban fabric of the neighbourhood.


Major Intersection: Markham Road and Sheppard Avenue East
Surrounding Uses: High-density residential development to the north; community and cultural uses to the east; a mix of high- and low-density residential uses to the south; and commercial uses to the west.
Ward: 42 - Scarborough-Rouge River
Councillor: Neethan Shan
Site Area (acres): 3.6
Past Use: Vacant
Proposed Use: Residential
Official Plan - Land Use Designation: Mixed-Use Area

Development Objectives

  • Support transit-oriented development through a mixed-use proposal
  • Incorporate a mix of market and affordable housing in compliance with the requirements of the City of Toronto Affordable Housing Office
  • Commit to best practices in planning and urban design
  • Commit to design excellence in architecture, with a high-quality public-realm contribution that will enhance the local neighbourhood context
  • Commit to high standards of sustainable design and environmental sustainability
  • Engage community and stakeholders throughout the development process
  • Carefully consider the buildings mass and scale, to complement and enhance the existing neighbourhood context
  • Achieve a well-articulated public realm that is pedestrian friendly, provides opportunities for connections to the existing community and open-space infrastructure and creates an animated street edge along Sheppard Avenue
  • Create a master plan for the property that will provide flexibility and phasing of development as the market dictates
  • West aerial view of the site (2012)

    West aerial view of the site (2012)

  • East aerial view of the site (2012)

    East aerial view of the site (2012)

Development Lead

Gabriella Sicheri is the Developmental Director at Build Toronto. Gabriella manages a portfolio of residential and mixed-use developments in her leadership role within Build Toronto’s development and investments group. Gabriella Sicheri
Director, Development