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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
47 acres / 19 hectares
This mixed-use development on Lake Ontario will transform an underutilized industrial area into a vibrant community and thriving waterfront destination. Located south of Queens Quay Boulevard between Lower Sherbourne and Parliament streets, the site is just 1.5 kilometers (less than one mile) from downtown.
Bayside will include up to 190,000 square meters (2 million square feet) of residential, retail and office and work space. Primarily residential, about 70 percent of the space is dedicated to housing for a total of 1,700 homes. Office space will accommodate 2,400 jobs, particularly in the information technology, communications and creative sectors.
Designed as a walkable neighborhood, Bayside will have mews and small-scale streets that promote a sense of closeness and community. Bonnycastle Street will be the “Main Street” of the neighborhood, a bustling place of shops and restaurants. It will also provide connections to the new parks and public spaces that surround the neighborhood on all sides. Other streets will offer a quieter environment. Queens Quay, with its park-like setting, will be home to cultural uses and non-retail services.
The neighborhood will be active year round, even in the winter. The city’s meandering streets create sunny, wind-shielded spaces. A large public room, Bayside Hall, will offer a place for activity during all seasons and create a gateway to and from Sherbourne Common, a new park. The waterfront promenade is lined with civic buildings and will draw visitors to Bayside throughout the year.
Environmental sustainability is a major consideration for the project. Bayside will meet or exceed Waterfront Toronto’s Mandatory Green Building Requirements. Buildings will be oriented for the most efficient use of sunlight and high-performance building envelopes will further save energy. Renewable energy sources will also be used. Wastewater will be recycled and stormwater will be managed through sensitive landscaping and treatment. Some buildings will include green roofs. Finally, a walkable layout and car-sharing services will reduce automobile use.