Located at the northern terminus of the Yonge-University subway line, the Allen District has been identified as a key brownfield redevelopment site. Build Toronto, the City’s real estate development arm, together with Parc Downsview Park, commissioned SvN to develop a District Plan for a new sustainable, transit-oriented development that will house over 5,000 people. The plan aims to involve private-sector partners to develop individual blocks in an incremental fashion. Working with Build Toronto, our team developed a street and block pattern that could accommodate market-ready parcels within a fine-grained urban framework. The plan encouraged a series of courtyard residential buildings together with a mixed-used shopping street leading to a new pedestrian plaza at the head of the existing Downsview subway station.
A detailed series of Urban Design Guidelines for both the Apartment and Mixed-Use districts elaborated the built form, massing, access and circulation parameters for the entire district. Active transportation and shared streets were promoted within a network of open spaces, storm-water management ponds and multi-use trails. A set of Sustainable Design Guidelines, outlined how the project would be developed to LEED Gold standards.