The final design of this site will be crafted using community input. This neighbourhood is going to look very different in 20 years, and we have a few key priorities that have guided our application. These are:
- Build new central open spaces.
- Integrate retail options, like shops and restaurants, that will appeal to both current and future residents.
- Improve connectivity to local public transit infrastructure.
- Create new roadways to reduce impacts on existing roads.
- Ensure the grounds of the development are pedestrian friendly and walkable.
- Support cycling infrastructure.
- Build the project in phases over a period of multiple years.
Our goal is to create a space that benefits residents and visitors in the long-term by creating a vibrant, local community. Our corner of the intersection can help connect our neighbours to the north and west with the coming transit infrastructure.
Our development will bring the corner of Yonge and Steeles to life by building spaces for residents and their neighbours to connect with one another. The street-level area could include a mix of commercial spaces, as well as other local amenities. By integrating restaurants and retail space, open spaces, walkable areas, connectivity to public transit and green space into our development, the area will benefit from the enhanced access, facilities, and property values.
Our application considers the construction of four buildings and significant new open space in a series of three phases. By building in phases, we will ensure that the impact on the community is gradual.
The first phase would result in the construction of a single building on Steeles Ave, at a height of 56 storeys.
The second phase would include two additional buildings, with heights stepping down towards the neighbourhood to the North, at 44 and 38 storeys.
The final phase would see the construction of a 60 storey tower, with frontage on to Yonge Street. You can click here to see a map of the planned phasing.
We know that the inclusion of high-quality, inviting open space is a necessity for making a place that contributes to the community around us. That’s why we’re planning to allocate more than 21% of the space on our property as publicly-accessible open space.
The final design will be crafted based on community input, but we have certain elements that we know we want to incorporate:
- The site will be designed to meet accessible spaces for all ages – able bodied and those with assisted movement.
- We will design with safety in mind, providing well-lit open spaces that lack hiding places.
- The lighting will be designed to protect birds by downlighting only.
- We will add plants that support health and well-being with urban tolerant non-invasive species.
- Alternate forms of transportation will be supported with wide spaces for a range of transportation options, and ample parking for bicycles will be provided.
We are also considering how we can incorporate public art and signage to create a sense of place and help visitors find their way around the property.
If you have ideas for what you would like to see from our publicly-accessible spaces, we’d love to hear from you.
We know that the provincial government has committed to extending the Yonge Street subway, with a station at Yonge and Steeles, so we want to make sure this site, as well as the surrounding neighbourhood, is connected to future public transit.
We also know that we need to do our part to ensure that we’re creating the routes needed for vehicular traffic to move in, out and past our site smoothly. As a result, we’re planning for aa number of opportunities for improving connectivity for people who will live and work on this site, as well as the surrounding neighbourhood, by incorporating new streets into the plan, creating new vehicle connection options, and ensuring pedestrian accessibility.
You can find details about our plans for ensuring that our project can be accommodated by the future transportation network in the transportation study prepared as part of our application submission, available here.