Reimagining Humber Bay Shores, Toronto
First Capital Realty Inc have unveiled the masterplan for an exciting new urban lakefront neighbourhood in Toronto, which has been designed by a team led by Allies and Morrison. Located on a 11.5-ha site at 2150 Lakeshore Boulevard West at Park Lawn Road, the project will involve the transformation of the former site of the Christie Cookie factory into a new high-density piece of city. An Official Plan Application has been submitted to the City of Toronto, detailing proposals that have been shaped following extensive stakeholder engagement.
The masterplan aims to take advantage of the site’s unique location to deliver a place that is both urban and green, creating the best of city life with access to green open spaces and the lakefront. It completes a void currently existing within Humber Bay Shores, putting in its place, a convivial community with a rich mix of uses – a new high-density centre for Toronto. Buildings will prioritise their civic responsibilities to work together to create a great public realm with a variety of new spaces, framing squares, parks, a linear ravine landscape, streets and promenades with the experience of pedestrians and cyclists being paramount.
It will also be well-connected to the rest of Toronto with a new multi-modal transit hub (including the new Park Lawn GO Train Station) and new routes that knit the development into the neighbouring urban fabric. A covered Galleria at the heart of the scheme provides a yearlong destination with a diverse offer that will appeal to residents, workers and visitors alike. Urban character is an important aspect of the masterplan vision, where a rich landscape sequence and enduring architecture provide a strong sense of locality, a Toronto-ness.
‘We are delighted and excited to share the work we have been developing with First Capital Realty’, says Partner Alfredo Caraballo, ‘We believe that the first duty of a good masterplan is to create great public spaces where people meet or cross through, to foster those incidental interactions that make urban life exciting, interesting. This is why the first sketch we did for this project was not of buildings, but of the spaces between them. Herein lies the DNA of a great piece of city.’
Working for our client, First Capital Realty, the design team offers exemplary experience, design flair and local Toronto knowhow, bringing together DTAH, Gross.Max., Urban Strategies, Adamson Associates, Tate Economics, Arup, ERA, Hatch, AKTII and BA Group.