Kipling Mobility Hub

Location
Toronto

Client
Metrolinx

Date
2009

Overview

At the western terminus of Toronto’s Bloor-Danforth subway line, Kipling Station lies at the intersection of a wide range of regional infrastructure. The TTC subway line parallels an existing railway and commuter railway lines. The Six Points intersection, a confluence of suburban arterial roads, lies to the east. A major hydro transformer station that serves the western half of Toronto lies directly to the south. The intense development pressures in the surrounding area have resulted in the construction of over 2000 new residential units in the past five years. Plans for a new Mississauga Transit bus terminal prompted the regional transportation authority, Metrolinx, to intervene.

By taking an integrated view of the entire site area, SvN prepared an urban design plan in keeping with Metrolinx’s Mobility Hub concept. The plan makes a series of recommendations which meet the needs of transit operators while simultaneously providing significant upgrades to the pedestrian realm. A new green roof for the bus terminal serves to stitch together the pedestrian traffic, and significantly improves the natural storm-water management of the site. Improved landscaping along Dundas Street West and Auckland Avenue creates a new Civic Square which will become the central focus for the larger precinct. Amenities for cyclists and the disabled are vastly improved. The proposed realignment of Auckland Avenue and Subway Crescent ensures that municipal bodies can realize the maximum development potential of the site. Presented in a pragmatic, phased approach, the plan allows development to proceed as both funding and schedules permit.

The plan was unanimously approved by the City’s Design Review Panel in 2009.

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We apply our thorough understanding of the provincial and municipal regulatory context to develop studies and public policy instruments for local, provincial and federal governments and First Nations. These include: zoning by-laws, official plans, municipal development plans, local official plans, secondary plans, neighbourhood plans, and urban design guidelines.
We have a long history of planning and designing the public realm of cities, including streets, building facades, public places, the space between buildings and open spaces. Our team has pioneered significant aspects of the “complete streets” concept, demonstrated through landmark projects like the St. George Street Revitalization, the Bloor Street Transformation and the Six Point Interchange Reconstruction.
We plan and design multi-modal transit hubs and corridors including station area plans, LRT corridors, transit stations and border crossings. We take a systems approach to the planning and design of infrastructure, integrating multiple development priorities while preserving and enhancing the quality of the overall landscape. Key projects include the Fort Erie Gateway Master Plan and the Allen District Urban Guidelines & District Plan.