On Monday, February 3, 2014, the new vision for Pickering’s Downtown was unveiled to the public. The project was led by Urban Strategies, and features a large 3D model.
In recent years, Pickering’s City Centre has been undergoing an exciting and dramatic transformation with the advent of the LEED-Gold office tower, landmark pedestrian bridge across Highway 401, and the Durham College/Centennial College Joint Learning Centre. The 3D model will detail the continued and planned development of the downtown core over the next 20 years and beyond.
The Province of Ontario has identified Pickering’s City Centre as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub. As such, City staff have been diligently working on a downtown intensification plan that reflects a City Centre rich in opportunities to live, work, and play – underpinned by the tenets of sustainability.
“Our City Centre’s recent transformation has been an exciting study in urban and sustainable development,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “However, I am even more excited about what’s on the horizon. The 3D model provides a visually impactful representation of how our downtown will continue to evolve. Our aim is for the model to inspire, and attract more residents and prestige businesses to this key area.”
The event was attended by Mayor Dave Ryan and covered by local media.
Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos of the model being constructed: