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Vaughan is on the move – in more ways than one

Vaughan is on the move – in more ways than one

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Vaughan is on the move – in more ways than one

Vaughan is a city on the move – quite literally, and in more ways than one. Located north of Toronto in York Region, Vaughan has long been one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, with a population now exceeding 306,000.

Comprising the Woodbridge, Maple, Thornhill, Concord and Kleinburg communities, each with their own characteristics and enjoying their own growth, Vaughan is a hub of development and activity. Once known as the city above Toronto, it’s now “the place to be.” And with good reason.

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

With Hwys. 400 and 407 right there, and Hwy. 7 also running through town, transportation and transit have long been important parts of Vaughan. Now they’re central to its future, with the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre rapid transit station, the north terminus of the western section of the Toronto subway’s Line 1. It is also a major transit hub for York Region Transit and the Viva and Zum bus rapid transit services.

Economic growth is occurring in lockstep. Vaughan is now the third largest employment centre in the GTA after Toronto and Mississauga, and the largest contributor to York Region’s economy.

Manufacturing is the star economic performer here, accounting for 22 per cent of total employment, followed by construction, retail and wholesale trade, and transportation and warehousing. United Parcel Service, in fact, operates a signature shipping warehouse near Jane and Steeles.

In the near future, you can add healthcare to the mix of economic and lifestyle benefits, as the City has entered into a first-of-its-kind partnership with Mackenzie Health, York University and ventureLAB.

The City is leading the collaboration to transform an 82-acre parcel of land at Jane Street and Major Mackenzie Drive into the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct. Vaughan, York University, Mackenzie Health and ventureLAB are to study to the best use of lands surrounding the site of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The hospital is under construction and expected to be completed later this year.

The goal of the collaboration is for the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct to leverage resources to bring healthcare, innovation and jobs to this growing community.

Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua
Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua

“This feasibility study is an illustration of how partnerships can be truly effective when values, principles and beliefs are perfectly aligned,” says Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “The new state-of-the-art Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be a catalyst for other uses, like medical offices, labs and research space, healthcare incubators, and education and conference rooms related to healthcare. This is where thought leaders, subject matter experts and innovators will come together to advance a shared vision of healthcare innovation. This transformational collaboration will benefit the healthcare of residents of Vaughan and beyond.”

Highrise living

Vaughan is noteworthy for a lot of condominium development taking place around new transit infrastructure, though there’s also noteworthy new lowrise communities in the area. This is where buyers come for expansive single-detached homes and large lots.

And once you’ve bought a home in Vaughan, Improve Canada will help you furnish and operate it. Located in Concord and more commonly known as the Vaughan Home Improvement Centre, the complex is a unique offering of about 400 home improvement stores.

Location, location, location

Located in the Regional Municipality of York; bounded by Brampton to the west, King to the north, Markham and Richmond Hill to the east and Toronto to the south; more than 273 sq. kms; population 306,233; includes the communities of Concord, Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill and Woodbridge.

Key landmarks

• Canada’s Wonderland

• Kortright Centre for Conservation

• McMichael Canadian Art Collection

• Reptilia Zoo

• Vaughan Home Improvement Centre

• Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

• Vaughan Mills

Select housing developments

9560 Islington by Kingsmen Group

Abeja District Condos by Cortel Group

Boutik Condos by Bremont Homes

Festival Condos by Menkes

Festival Condos by QuadReal

Hwy 7 & Jane by Gold Park Homes

Park Avenue Place by Solmar Developments

SXSW by Primont Homes


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Festival

There’s a party going on at Festival, the latest highrise residential community by Menkes and QuadReal

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There’s a party going on at Festival, the latest highrise residential community by Menkes and QuadReal

You may have heard there’s a party going on right here, and it’s happening in Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC), at Festival, the latest highrise residential community by Menkes and QuadReal.

Courtyard and retail shops and restaurants at Festival Condominiums. Illustrations are artists' concepts only.
Courtyard and retail shops and restaurants at Festival Condominiums. Illustrations are artists’ concepts only.

A new urban centre is forming in the 905, in one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, and what is already the largest employment centre in York Region. It’s dynamic, lively, and completely changing the face of Vaughan. Right at the heart of it, you will find Festival, the latest project by Menkes Developments and QuadReal Property Group.

Situated in downtown Vaughan’s new South VMC, Festival will feature four condominium towers varying in height from 40 to 59 storeys, two of which will be the tallest in VMC. The four-tower community will encompass more than 85,000 sq. ft. of retail onsite – a spectacular array of dining, shopping, entertainment, and lifestyle offerings, making this highly-coveted community a place where residents of all ages will get the best of urban living. Vaughan is building a world-class skyline without compromising its vision for an urban, transit-oriented, Green, and people-focused downtown.

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Subway Station. Image courtesy of the City of Vaughan. Illustrations are artists' concepts only.
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Subway Station. Photo credit – Level Photo. Illustrations are artists’ concepts only.

Spanning over 440 acres, VMC is one of Canada’s largest new master-planned communities. Once complete, it will include 1.5 million sq. ft. of new office space, 750,000 sq. ft. of retail and will be home to 25,000 residents. A true live, work, play urban centre, it will include numerous restaurants, shops, and entertainment, and already neighbours some of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, such as Canada’s Wonderland and Vaughan Mills shopping centre.

“We’re so pleased to launch Festival, our second development in VMC, and build on the success we had with our first site, Mobilio,” says Jared Menkes, executive vice-president, High Rise. “With both projects, we’re catering to every type of family and lifestyle. Festival will take urban living to the ultimate level. We have plans for unprecedented indoor and outdoor amenities; the community will be something condo dwellers have never experienced before. At the same time, with the substantial growth that VMC is experiencing, it will also fulfill the area’s fundamental need for more density.”

Retail frontage along Highway 7 at Festival Condominiums. Illustrations are artists' concepts only.
Retail frontage along Highway 7 at Festival Condominiums. Illustrations are artists’ concepts only.

Connectivity will be central to Festival residents. Just steps away is the new VMC transit hub, which is accessed by Viva, Zum and York Region buses. Vaughan is currently the only city outside of Toronto that has subway service. From the VMC subway station, passengers can easily travel downtown in 45 minutes and students and faculty of York University’s major campuses can enjoy an effortless commute of only six minutes. Festival is also conveniently situated at Hwys. 400 and 7, providing excellent accessibility to the entire GTA by car. For jet-setters, Toronto Pearson International Airport is just a short 15-minute drive away.

Smart and sustainable, Vaughan is certainly about more than just transportation connections. The city will be the first to pilot the Smart Cities standard, an international benchmark that deals with certain subjects such as energy management, water quality and intelligent transport systems. Festival will also offer future residents a connection to nature. The new and exciting community’s expansive property will encompass open greenspace, cycling and walking paths, and attractive gathering spaces to foster relationships among residents. South VMC will also be home to a new 17-acre park, connecting all of the communities in the area and cultivating an intimate neighbourhood feel.

With VMC set to become the destination of choice, don’t miss out on the opportunity to live at Festival. Register online today and be a part of a celebration to last throughout the years.


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Cloverdale neighbourhood redevelopment moves another step closer to reality

Cloverdale neighbourhood redevelopment moves another step closer to reality

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Cloverdale neighbourhood redevelopment moves another step closer to reality

Area residents, prospective buyers and other interested parties got another glimpse of what the redevelopment of the Cloverdale Mall neighbourhood may look like in a few years, as QuadReal Property Group presented its final plan to the community.

QuadReal is proposing a comprehensive master-plan to redevelop the existing 32-acre Cloverdale mall property into an innovative and dynamic mixed-use urban community. The proposal involves transitioning Cloverdale with a re-envisioned retail offering, residences, parkland and greenspace, community uses and new streets. Existing surface parking will be taken below ground, enabling a vibrant pedestrian-oriented environment at grade.

After recently hosting two open houses, QuadReal and its development partners, Giannone Petricone Architects, held the final Open House in late November, prior to submitting the plan to the City of Toronto planning department this month. Representatives showcased an updated master plan, artistic renderings and discussed community feedback received to date, and how it has been incorporated into the updated design and plan considerations.

The plan represents a major redevelopment for the shopping mall itself, which dates back to 1956 when it first opened as an open-air plaza. QuadReal plans to include a variety of housing types, including rental, condo and affordable units, enabling cross-generational opportunities, with condo units ranging from small to larger, family-style units.


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Cloverdale Mall

Cloverdale Mall area set for major community development

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Cloverdale Mall area set for major community development

Prospective homebuyers looking for new opportunities in the west end of Toronto might want to keep an eye out for developments around Cloverdale Mall in Etobicoke.

Property owner QuadReal Property Group of Vancouver has big plans for the area that extend well beyond a major redevelopment of the shopping mall itself, which dates back to 1956 when it first opened as an open-air plaza.

Following a year of community consultation, QuadReal plans to submit a rezoning application to the City of Toronto in December, proposing a comprehensive master plan to redevelop the existing 32-acre mall property into an innovative, dynamic and sustainable mixed-use urban community. The plan is to integrate the mall within the surrounding neighbourhoods, providing greenspace, as well as mixed residential, retail and community amenities.

Multi-generational residences

QuadReal says it plans to incorporate feedback from the community, including local residents, business owners and shoppers. To ensure the development is reflective of community values, the company has built a 4,000-sq.-ft. space called the Cloverdale Common within the existing Cloverdale space, which hosts arts and culture programming, events and open houses to discuss the proposed plans. The resulting feedback will be considered in developing the property to include shopping, but also multi-generational residences, all-season parkland, arts and culture programming, fitness and wellness facilities, restaurants and more.

“The new Cloverdale community will offer a diverse mix of residential types, to create housing for all stages of life – from young professionals to seniors, students to families,” Ben Gilbank, director of development at QuadReal, told HOMES Publishing. “A variety of residential types will be provided, including rental, condo and affordable units, enabling cross-generational opportunities for housing. Units will range in size from smaller to larger, family-style units.

Once the proposal is submitted to the City in December, the next few years will be dedicated toward obtaining planning approvals, prior to commencing the first phase of construction, Gilbank adds.

Infrastructure development

Cloverdale is located in the Etobicoke Centre, an area popular for its proximity to the QEW and Hwy 427, the Islington-City Centre West central business district and established neighbourhoods, and which itself is undergoing significant redevelopment. Several new housing developments are in the works along Dundas St. W. between Islington and 427, and more planned for south side of Dundas just west of Kipling subway. New condos are also springing up along the 427 near Burnhamthorpe.

The nearby Six Points intersection, a complicated interchange where Kipling, Bloor and Dundas all intersect, is seeing tens of millions of dollars spent by the City over the next two years to modernize the roads and surrounding infrastructure, to accommodate future development in the area.

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