Urban Strategies worked with the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department and Scott Torrance Landscape Architects to complete the Lawrence-Allen Public Realm Master Plan. The Public Realm Master Plan builds on many years of ongoing planning and community engagement which have resulted in Toronto Community Housing’s Revitalization Plan for Lawrence-Heights, and the City of Toronto’s current land use and planning directions for the entirety of Lawrence-Allen.
Lawrence-Allen consists of a several varied communities (including Lawrence-Heights), major retail centres, and a number of parks and open spaces. Today the public spaces – parks, streets, infrastructure, civic buildings and public buildings – are often under programmed, lacking in connectivity, or can feel unsafe in certain areas. Additionally, Lawrence-Allen is bisected by the Allen Expressway, which has historically limited connectivity between neighbourhoods in the district. The Master Plan provides direction in particular for the public spaces in this community which aims to address some of the challenges of the area. The Master Plan provides critical guidance on how investment, renewal and programming in existing and planned public spaces can occur. In doing so, it articulates a way forward for creating a cohesive and compelling public realm network for the communities of Lawrence-Allen.
RioCan Colossus Master Plan2020 - Present
Loch-Sloy Business Park and Picton Airport Lands Revitalization2021 - present
Weston Park2021 - present
CF Sherway Gardens Mall Intensification
Creating a new community around a regionally-significant shopping mall
50-64 Merton Street
High-quality mixed-use development to contribute to a complete community in the Davisville Neihbourhood
101 Spadina Avenue
An exciting new mixed-use development that will deliver additional public parkland, retail and high-density residential units in the King-Spadina neighbourhood.