The Buzz Around Downtown

  • PwC logo on PwC-YMCA Tower in Vaughan

    Vaughan Economic Monitor

    PwC Canada’s most tech-advanced office opens in VMC

    PwC Canada opens its doors to a brand new office this November, equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

    Specializing in financial crime and cybercrime, this location will feature a Digital Resilience Centre to serve clients out of Canada’s second-largest tech hub.

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  • Map of new roads opened in the VMC

    City of Vaughan

    Improving access to Vaughan’s emerging downtown core

    Working effectively with York Region, SmartCentres and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the City has constructed and opened three new roads in the VMC’s northwest area.

    These streets will help to alleviate congestion on Highway 7, making it easier for commuters to get to the subway, for students and employees to head to class or their offices and for residents to arrive home. In addition to improving local traffic by creating bypass routes, the new roads will expedite future development and establish a central community park space in the area.

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  • Rogers Hometown Hockey photo with Ron McLean and Tara Sloane

    YorkRegion.com

    Rogers Hometown Hockey stickhandles to Vaughan Jan. 12

    Rogers Hometown Hockey hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone are bringing their team to Vaughan as part of the sixth season for the in-season weekly show that includes the Sunday night broadcast of a National Hockey League game.

    The weekend-long celebration will set up Jan. 11 and 12 at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

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  • Looking northwest to The Met

    Urban Toronto

    Cladding Enclosing Topped Out “The Met” in Vaughan

    Two and a half years after construction started on Plaza and Berkeley’s The Met, the 35-storey, Quadrangle-designed condominium tower and townhome community is now on the home stretch in Vaughan’s new purpose-built Downtown.

    The project has risen to its full height on Jane Street north of Highway 7—just steps from the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre subway station—as exterior finishes continue to enclose the tower and townhomes.

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  • Urban Toronto

    Cortel Group Celebrates Topping Off for Nord Condos in Vaughan

    The December 2017 opening of Vaughan Metropolitan Centre subway station is bringing significant new investment to the Toronto suburb of Vaughan.

    Pre-dating the station’s opening, the Cortel Group was the first developer to bring new high-rise buildings to the area at Expo City, a high-density community taking shape just a few blocks east of the station. Following on the heels of the completed first two towers, construction is moving along for the AJ Tregebov Architect-designed third and fourth towers.

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  • YorkRegion.com

    Ministry approves Vaughan’s flood prevention initiative for downtown core

    Vaughan announced Tuesday, Aug. 20, that the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has approved its flood prevention initiative at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

    “We are taking an innovative approach to flood control and mitigation, while delivering on our commitment to position Vaughan as a leader in municipal sustainability,” he added.

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  • Exterior of PwC-YMCA Tower

    SmartCentres

    Scotiabank Takes Office and Retail Space in PwC-YMCA Tower

    SmartCentres announced today that they have signed a 10-year lease transaction with Scotiabank in the PwC-YMCA Tower at SmartCentres Place in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (“VMC”).

    Scotiabank will occupy 26,500 square feet, with 23,000 square feet of office space on the 8th floor of the Tower, with the balance for a retail branch in the lobby of the Tower. Occupancy is targeted for Fall 2019.

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  • Mobilio Rendering

    National Post

    Up-and-coming urban hub

    It’s not often you get to see an entirely new urban community being built from the ground. But that is exactly what’s happening at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) northwest of Toronto.

    The former commercial and retail site, at Jane and Highway 7, is ranked as one of Canada’s largest master-planned communities to date. When finished, it will be transformed into 440 acres of residences, retail and scenic walkways and greenery.

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  • The Project Podcast

    A Vision And A Subway: Surprising Recipe Brings KPMG Regional HQ to Vaughan, Ontario

    KPMG is one of the “big four” accounting firms and has over 200,000 employees across the globe. The firm’s practice in the Greater Toronto Area was growing and needed to find a new regional headquarters. At the same time KPMG was looking for a new headquarters, the city of Vaughan had a new Mayor who was focused on building a new and vibrant central business district.

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  • Urban Toronto

    Transit City Rising in Vaughan with New Phases Coming

    A year and a half since the Toronto-York Spadina Subway extension brought the City’s rapid transit network north into Vaughan, a new downtown is rapidly taking shape around the new northwestern subway terminus at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The most significant project currently underway as part of the 100-acre master-planned community forming around the station is SmartCentres’ and CentreCourt’s Transit City at SmartCentres Place.

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  • Toronto Sun

    Vaughan shows how it is done

    City of Vaughan proving that concept of high-density, transit-oriented, work-live-play development is viable

    Touring the construction site for the five-tower Expo city project in Vaughan, it is difficult not to marvel at the progress.

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  • Exchange Magazine

    Toronto’s technology sector spans 416 and 905 regions

    “York Region’s office markets contain a mix of urban- and suburban-style product, as well as a considerable amount of flex space – a wide range of assets that can accommodate companies at all stages of growth,” says Argeropoulos. “In addition, while Markham and Vaughan offer better-than-average transit connections for suburban markets, both still have vacant land available for future office development, giving larger tenants the opportunity to customize their office solutions.”

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  • Aerial view of PwC-YMCA Tower and The Met

    SmartCentres

    SmartCentres and Mitchell Goldhar Announce Transit City Condos Towers 4 & 5 and Adjoining Apartment Building

    SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust (“SmartCentres”) (TSX: SRU.UN) and the Penguin Group of Companies (“Penguin”) owned by Mitchell Goldhar announced today that they have entered into another joint venture with CentreCourt, to develop two additional Transit City Condo towers in SmartCentres Place at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (“VMC”).

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  • vaughan.ca

    Mayor Bevilacqua announces first university in Vaughan

    Niagara University expands to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

    This marks a historic day for the citizens of our community as classes begin at Niagara University’s modern new site located in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC). Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua formally welcomed students, professors and members of the administration on the first day of studies at the university’s new location, adding that he has “proudly delivered on a transformational city-building commitment to bring the first-ever university to the city of Vaughan.

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  • Expo City

    UrbanToronto.ca

    Multiple Projects Progressing at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

    Cranes dot the landscape of the emerging Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, a nascent business district forming around the new TTC subway station which opened as the University line’s new northern terminus in December 2017. Several projects are underway in the blocks surrounding the station, set to add thousands of new homes as well as office space and additional transit improvements in the coming years.

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  • Canadian Architect

    Paul Raff Studio wins CODAworx Award for TTC’s Vaughan Station

    A prominent Canadian project is among this year’s CODAworx Award winners. Toronto-based Paul Raff Studio has won a 2018 award for the striking Atmospheric Lens installation at the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) Vaughan Metropolitan Centre subway station, which opened in the closing days of 2017. The internationally acclaimed CODAworx Awards celebrate the projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces.

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  • Urban Toronto

    Four Towers Proposed at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Site

    The new TTC subway terminus at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) is fostering a wave of development proposals in the nascent Downtown for the suburban city to the northwest of Toronto. Among the latest to land at Vaughan’s planning department is for Block 3, a site south of Highway 7, with Commerce Street limiting it on the west and south, and Interchange Way on the east.

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  • vaughan.ca

    Statement: Mayor Bevilacqua celebrates ‘Project of the Year’ award for Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Mobility Hub

    The following is a statement delivered by Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua to celebrate the City of Vaughan winning the Ontario Traffic Council’s Project of the Year Award for the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Mobility Hub.

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  • torontosun.com

    Places to Live: Vaughan

    It’s been 37 years since Canada’s Wonderland opened its gates in Vaughan and Wonder Mountain became a local landmark. And just as the country’s first major theme park rose from a blank canvas, so too is the city’s new downtown.

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  • THESTAR.COM

    Vaughan city centre gets a downtown vibe

    Gioia Di Giovanni loves downtown Toronto. She just doesn’t want to live there.

    Di Giovanni, 36, works in healthcare in the 905 and owns a condominium in Richmond Hill, close to where she was born and raised. She wants to move up to a larger condo south of her current address and has found the perfect solution at Transit City — the first residential tower that will be built at Smart Centres Place in Vaughan, a 100-acre master-planned development.

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