Urban Strategies has been working with Castlepoint Studio Development since 2010 on its development plans for the former Rio Tinto employment lands on Sterling Road in the City of Toronto. The Sterling Road site is nestled within the Junction Triangle mixed employment-residential area. Urban Strategies has worked closely with the developer, City staff, area residents and area industries to arrive at an acceptable redevelopment plan that includes significant employment opportunities and new residential uses that successfully establish a new mixed-use plan for the site. The approved Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments provide an appropriate transition and relationship between the existing residential neighbourhood and employment uses. A number of complicated design and policy issues were resolved during this process, including the protection of employment/ jobs, site remediation, appropriate built form, relationship to railway corridors and the provision of park space, community services and affordable housing.
Urban Strategies is currently working closely with City staff and the client team to advance the Plan of Subdivision process. The first phase of the project includes the restoration and reuse of the former Tower Automotive Building, a designated heritage structure. Urban Strategies recently facilitated a consent to server application to advance the redevelopment process and to accommodate the Museum of Contemporary Art, the future anchor tenant. The development of a townhouse block is also part of the first phase of development. Urban Strategies is assisting with the Site Plan Approvals process for the townhouse block, and also helped to successfully secure a severance and Minor Variance to allow the townhouse project to proceed.