Since 2017, Urban Strategies has been working with First Gulf to transform Toronto’s East Harbour, a former industrial area on the banks of the Don River and the site of the abandoned Unilever soap Factory. The master plan is still in its early stages of design, focusing mainly on the public realm, street grid configuration, and distribution of scale and massing at this stage.
The proposed plan includes roughly 10 million square feet of office space housing over 50,000 jobs; 1.7 million square feet of retail, culture, and entertainment spaces; roughly 8.5 acres of open space; and 5 different modes of public transit.
The East Harbour master plan is a long-term vision that will be implemented incrementally over the next 20 years or so, and is contingent on a number of key infrastructure initiatives that converge on this particular site, including the Don River Naturalization; the partial demolition and realignment of the east end of the Gardiner Expressway; the construction of the Relief Line subway; the implementation of SmartTrack; the expansion of the GO train and RER network; and the expansion of the TTC streetcar network.
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