Humbertown Shopping Centre Master Plan wins Excellence in Planning Award

On November 7, 2014, the Humbertown Master Plan was awarded the Excellence in Planning Award for Urban/Community design by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).  According to OPPI’s press release, “the Excellence in Planning Awards recognize innovation, creativity, professionalism, problem-solving, and communications. These are the best of the best in community planning”.   

The Humbertown Master Plan reimagines a once state-of-the-art single-purpose community shopping plaza in Etobicoke, Ontario as a new vibrant mixed-use community, representing the latest thinking in planning, architecture and urban design. Structured around a generous, attractive and accessible public realm, the master plan proposes intensification that expands on the existing retail-commercial offerings with a mix of residential housing types including condominium residences, senior suites and townhomes, and a number of community amenities such as a day care, a health club, a grocery store and a pharmacy. The master plan incorporates all the elements desired in a modern neighbourhood – function and beauty, activity and quiet, efficiency and sustainability, landmarks and context – all within a palette that allows this new community centrepiece to appear at once unified and uniquely diverse.

The project team included Urban Strategies, Levitt Goodman Architects, Kirkor Architects, Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc., BA Group, R. J. Burnside and Associates Ltd., Tate Economic Research, Provident Energy Management Inc., Theakston Environmental and HGC Engineering, working on behalf of First Capital Realty and Tridel. The team acknowledges the valuable input from the community, in particular the Humber Valley Village Residents Association and the City of Toronto.

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