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.