The Buzz Around Downtown

  • Balzak's Coffee storefront in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

    YorkRegion.com

    Two Balzac’s Coffee Roasters open in Vaughan, first in York Region

    Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, a boutique coffee chain, announced on Oct. 1 the opening of not only one joint in Kleinburg but also another at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC), with soaring ceilings and an airy modern esthetic.

    The opening of this boutique Canadian coffee shop is the first in York Region, bringing the total number of Balzac’s locations in Ontario to 16.

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  • Commuters walk and sit near the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Subway Station

    City of Vaughan

    ‘A city in demand’: COVID-19 has not slowed city-building in Vaughan

    Vaughan’s emerging downtown core continues to attract significant investment opportunities – in fact, a recent submission was received for development of two additional residential towers in the VMC. To date, close to 36,400 residents in almost 18,384 residential units are moving into the VMC.

    In total, staff are working on 38 development files – including six that are in the pre-application consultation phase and represent an additional 13,524 units.

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  • View of Vaughan Metropolitan Centre at dusk

    Business in Focus

    Building a Bright Future

    The VMC area is in high demand, says Mayor Bevilacqua, and that kind of focus will distinguish it from other downtowns. The Vaughan advantage is something truly unique, beginning with it’s location, situated within a 10- to 15-minute drive from Canada’s busiest airport, Lester B. Pearson, and within a day’s reach to a market in excess of 150 million people.

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  • Rendering of 216 and 220 Doughton Road

    Urban Toronto

    Two-Tower Complex Proposed in Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Area

    The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre area now forming around the TTC subway terminus of the same name is growing denser every year, and now another multi-tower complex has been proposed which could add to the new skyline developing around the Highway 7 and Jane Street area. The proposal seeks an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment from the City of Vaughan to permit a pair of residential towers at 216 Doughton Road, a five-minute walk southeast of the subway station.

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  • SmartVMC master plan rendering

    Canadian Architect

    Smart Growth: SmartVMC, Vaughan, Ontario

    As a developer, SmartCentres is best known for outlet stores at the perimeter of cities—less so for urbanism. Paula Bustard, an executive for the company, recounted how she was in a meeting with the TTC when the transit officials disclosed, without forewarning, that they intended to build a subway station on SmartCentres property in the city of Vaughan. Such an unlikely event is as valuable as it is rare. For SmartCentres, it led to rethinking their entire approach.

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  • Rendering of proposed 7800 Jane Street development

    Urban Toronto

    Residential and Office Complex Proposed at Jane and Hwy 7 in Vaughan

    A recent proposal from developers Aspen Ridge Homes and Metrus Properties would bring three towers with residential and office uses to 7800 Jane Street.

    Currently home to a gas station and low-rise commercial and retail building, the site’s prominent location is poised for a major boost in density, with the Quadrangle-designed project proposing 50 and 60-storey residential towers with heights of 163 and 193 metres, along with a 17-storey office building rising 81.5 metres.

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  • Rendering of TC4, TC5, purpose-built rental, and park, image courtesy of CentreCourt

    Urban Toronto

    Vaughan Metropolitan Centre’s First Purpose-Built Rental Breaks Ground

    Over the last several years—both while Vaughan Metropolitan Centre subway station was under construction and since its opening in late 2017—a flurry of construction has taken place surrounding this new transit hub.

    One of the largest developments is Transit City at SmartCentres Place. Transit City Condos 4 and 5 began constriction in late 2019. In addition to those two most recent condo towers—to rise 50 and 45-stories respectively—the new phase also includes a 36-storey purpose-built rental building, which officially broke ground last week.

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  • Transit City's first three towers rising into Vaughan skyline, image by Forum contributor DarkSideDenizen

    Urban Toronto

    Transit City Towers Rise Tall as Construction of Next Phase Heats Up

    The development of SmartCentres and CentreCourt’s 100-acre master-planned community, known as Transit City at SmartCentres Place, is one of the single largest elements in the long-term build-out of Vaughan’s new Downtown. The initial phase of the Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed community is bringing three 55-storey condominium towers to the blocks north of the new Line 1 subway terminus at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

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  • Young woman in purple faux fur jacket celebrates

    BNN Bloomberg

    Toronto builders try a new tactic to lure suburb-hating millennials

    New projects in some of the city’s oldest suburbs are being pitched with walkable neighborhoods, condo towers, cafes, shops and a hip city feel. The phenomenon has been dubbed “hipsturbia.”

    “It’s a huge trend in the U.S. and it’s exactly what we’ve been planning for the last few years up in Vaughan,” said Jared Menkes, executive vice president of high-rise residential for the family-owned firm. “We’re bringing what we know downtown and bringing it to the suburbs.”

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  • ULI Spring Meeting Toronto promo image

    RENX

    ULI Spring Meeting in Toronto could set all-time record

    “The suburban story, in many ways, is going to be one of the biggest surprise stories for people who aren’t realizing what’s happening with Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, Markham, Brampton and Mississauga. Those things aren’t happening in U.S. city regions the way they’re happening here.

    “No one is coming expecting to see that, but I think they’re going to be very surprised when they do.”

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  • Business students

    Niagara University

    Niagara University Launches Three New Master’s Programs

    Niagara University has taken another step toward becoming the premier binational university within the Province of Ontario with the addition of three new programs. Starting now, students can enroll in Niagara’s Master of Business Administration program, while master’s degree programs in information security and digital forensics and in finance are slated to start in the fall.

    Niagara University’s Ontario Campus is located in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre’s Expo City complex.

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  • Mobilio Rendering

    Condo Life

    Outlook 2020 – Jared Menkes, Executive Vice-President, Menkes High Rise

    This year will continue to be a year of low supply and high demand, which will keep housing prices high, especially in prime locations. Overall, the 905 has experienced the largest growth, and will continue to grow, however the largest demand continues to be for housing along mass transit. Vaughan, in particular, will continue to be a very desirable location.

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  • Transit City Condos at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. (Rendering courtesy SmartCentres)

    Real Estate News Exchange

    SmartCentres, Penguin, JV for Vaughan Metro Centre expansion

    SmartCentres is buying a 50 per cent interest in an almost 16-acre parcel of land owned by Penguin, abutting the VMC property, for $109.2 million. The land is currently the site of a WalMart store, but the store will be relocated on the site and redeveloped to create a new prototype Walmart including a large dedicated picking facility, enhanced customer pickup experience and parking area.

    The remainder of the site will be redeveloped by the partners to create at least six new residential towers, as well as portions of the existing VMC development plan.

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  • Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua with a sign saying "Delivering real results for Vaughan"

    YorkRegion.com

    Vaughan’s downtown core attracts up to $9B in investment

    Vaughan’s downtown area attracted more than $9 billion in economic investment from 2015 to 2020, said Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua.

    In the final Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) sub-committee meeting of 2019, Bevilacqua said the investment is “rooted in momentous construction projects that contribute to a growing skyline with new business and residential developments.”

    “In fact, Vaughan Council has approved more than 10,817 new residential units,” he added.

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  • Rendering of SmartCentres' Central Park in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

    Globe & Mail

    New project in Vaughan joins resistance to urban sprawl

    Steps from her office in Vaughan, Ont., just north of Toronto, Manisha Chen can travel any-where she needs to go, and by just about any mode of transit. With three public transit stations accessible through an underground passage, she could hop on the TTC subway to visit clients in downtown Toronto, catch the City of Vaughan’s VivaNext rapid way transit line or grab a York Regional Transit bus to visit clients further north.

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  • Rendering of office tower at 3300 Highway 7

    Urban Toronto

    Towering Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Vaughan’s Downtown

    An application submitted to the City of Vaughan proposes a three-tower redevelopment of 3300 Highway 7 in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre area, the suburban Toronto city’s downtown now forming around the 2017-opened subway station of the same name.

    The proposal from Ripple Developments and designed by Quadrangle calls for two residential towers and an office building all rising from a shared podium, on the current site of a mid-rise office building and its associated surface parking lot.

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  • 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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