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About 721 Eastern Avenue

Source: Quadrangle Architects

721 Eastern Avenue is located in the South of Eastern Employment District. The 2.8 hectares (7 acres) site is located on the south side of Eastern Avenue midway between Larchmount Avenue and Rushbrooke Avenue, along Lake Shore Boulevard.

721 Eastern Avenue

The 2.8 hectares (7 acres) site is located on the south side of Eastern Avenue midway between Larchmount Avenue and Rushbrooke Avenue.

The site has 170 metres of frontage on Eastern Avenue and 188 metres of frontage on the Lower Don Recreation Trail, which is north of Lake Shore Boulevard East. There is no vehicular access from the 721 Eastern Avenue across the Trail to Lake Shore Boulevard East.

Aerial showing 721 Eastern Avenue.

History of 721 Eastern Avenue

Records show that in 1894, 721 Eastern Avenue was part of the Leslie and Sons Nurseries. In 1927 the Toronto Harbour Commissioners (THC) transferred the lands to Hoyt Metal Company of Canada Limited (later Canada Metals Limited). The southern portion was eventually transferred to The Canada Metals Company in October 1941. Canada Metals Limited operated a metal processing facility from the 1930s until about 2001 in a series of interconnected buildings and spaces. The site has seen a lot of transition since its foundation in 1894. Today, there are 9 identifiable structures on the site.

1924 Toronto Fire Insurance Map showing 721 Eastern Avenue shaded in pink.

The Canada Metals Company in 1975, looking west along Eastern Avenue. Source: City of Toronto Archives.

Canada Metal Company circa 1974. Source: Toronto Star Photo Archives

721 Eastern Avenue today

The site today is essentially entirely hard surface, occupied by 9 identifiable structures, asphalt driveways and paved parking lot with very little to no landscaped areas, and few trees.

View looking south down the western edge of the siteView looking south down the western edge of the site

View looking south into the site

View looking south into the site

View looking southwest towards the southern edge of the site

View looking southwest towards the southern edge of the site.

Local Development Activity

The South of Eastern Employment District is undergoing significant physical change as a number of mixed use and commercial developments build on the industrial character of the area and add new employment uses to its streets. Below image highlights some of the notable projects recently proposed in the area.

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