675 Progress Ave Redevelopment

Location
Scarborough

Client
Selkirk Investments

Date
2014 to present

Overview

SvN was retained by Selkirk Investments to create a mixed use development plan at 675 Progress Avenue, envisioned as a high-density urban community with a bisecting linear park connecting the two municipal park sites. The site is at the heart of the precinct, to the southwest of the Scarborough Town Centre commercial plaza. The southwest corner of the site is immediately adjacent to a rapid transit terminal, McCowan Station, and the property is flanked by municipally owned land earmarked for school and parkland development.

The plan includes a high volume of commercial and retail space, facilitating the growth of a sustainable, mixed-use development on a site currently occupied by an industrial operation. The plan features approximately 2.5 million square feet of mixed-use development and includes 2,455 residential units, 300,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, parking, service, and amenity spaces. The project is designed to meet LEED Gold criteria, with nearly 65% of the site covered in landscaped permeable surfaces (including 70% green roof coverage).

Scarborough Town Centre Precinct is a major urban growth area in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the former centre of municipal government for Scarborough. Following the successful re-designation of the lands from Employment Area to Mixed Use Area, SvN’s planning approval services for Selkirk Investments included applications for Draft Plan of Subdivision, Zoning By-Law Amendment, as well as the negotiations for Section 37 Agreements. An application for the re-designation of the site within Toronto’s Official Plan was made in 2010 with tentative approval gained in the fall of 2012. A re-zoning submission was approved in 2015.

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We provide feasibility planning, development advisory and approvals risk management for public and private clients. As an interdisciplinary team that contributes to the design and architecture of a project, we are able to identify risks in early design development and conceptual site layout stages. We help to shape and form the thinking on site layout and building design in a way that reduces and minimizes the amount of approvals required. We give our clients a comprehensive view of planning approval milestones within the project's life cycle, so they can anticipate the timing and resources required to support various approvals within the overall construction schedule.
Housing is a core focus of our business. We design innovative and adaptable buildings and master plans that respond to the immediate and future housing needs of diverse communities and all levels of income. We have a history of initiating and realizing housing projects that fill critical gaps in the market, and that are sensitive and adaptable to evolving cultures and contexts.
We prepare comprehensive plans for new communities ranging from high-density urban infill projects in areas subject to intensification, through to responsible greenfield development. Starting with an assessment of the local environment, we develop plans and designs that build on the history of the site, while identifying opportunities for sustainable growth.
We undertake site analysis studies, from site scale up to secondary plan scales.  We work with developers and public agencies such as Build Toronto and Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation to complete due diligence and Highest and Best Use Studies for their lands. 
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