Large-Scale Redevelopment Projects in the GTA: A Preview of Three Emerging Master-Planned Communities

The Greater Toronto Area is one of the fastest-growing urban regions in North America. As our population increases, so does the need to find new opportunities for residential and commercial development. Increasingly, these opportunities will be on previously developed lands within the urban area. Accordingly, this program taking place on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 will preview the following three high-profile examples where vacant or underutilized urban lands are to be transformed into new large-scale master-planned communities in different geographical contexts: on the waterfront, along public transit routes and adjacent to major highway arteries.

1.  Pan Am Games Village – The redevelopment of 35 acres of former industrial lands for a new urban community that will be the heart of the new West Don Lands neighbourhood.

2.  Downsview Park – The redevelopment of 572 acres, a former military airbase for a mixed-use community containing 10,000 residential units and a major urban park.

3.  Buttonville Airport – The redevelopment of 170 acres, an existing regional airport for a mixed-use community of residential, retail and office uses. Christopher Hume, Toronto Star columnist and architectural critic, will introduce the program and moderate a discussion focusing on the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in the planning, design and ultimate implementation of large-scale master-planned communities on redevelopment sites within the GTA.

The event takes place at the Toronto Board of Trade, located in First Canadian Place (Bay & Adelaide Street Entrance, 4th Floor). Registration and networking will take place from 5:30pm – 6 =:00pm, followed by presentations until 6:55pm. A moderated session and audience question will run from 6:55pm – 7:25pm, followed by a wrap-up. The cost is $45 for ULI members; $30 for public-sector employees; $70 for non-members; $30 for young leaders (ULI members under 35); and $20 for students.

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