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Master Servicing Study
Supporting a 19-tower development near the third largest shopping mall in Canada.
Oxford Properties Group
Lorena Niemi, P.Eng.
Yorkdale Shopping Centre is a major retail shopping Centre in the North York district of Toronto. Located at the intersection of Highway 401 and Allen Road, it opened in 1964 as the largest enclosed shopping mall in the world. Yorkdale is currently the third largest shopping mall in Canada by floor space and has the highest sales per unit area of any mall in Canada. At 18 million annual visitors, it is one of the country’s busiest malls. Many international retailers have opened their first Canadian locations at Yorkdale.
Oxford Properties Group intends to build a 19-tower development over top of the surface parking lots. Towers will range from 12 to 50 storeys, housing everything from residential units to hotel rooms, office space, and retail stores. The development, running along the mall’s north and western edges, would become its own community with new roads, a pedestrian plaza, and a shopping boulevard that would act as an outdoor extension of the mall.
The residential portions will include 7,935 units. The retail space will occupy 50,922 square metres, with office space taking up 35,552 square metres, and the hotel using 18,750 square metres. The shopping centre’s existing structure would not change, and the development will include a new public street and three public parks spread throughout the area.
Burnside was retained by Oxford to complete a master servicing study for the new development, which included preliminary onsite grading, servicing, and stormwater management designs, InfoWorks and InfoWater modelling, a preliminary downstream sanitary upgrade design for the development, a downstream phasing plan, construction estimates, and a master servicing report.
Implementation of the master plan will occur over four development phases, with the design of Phase 1 anticipated to commence in 2023 and the completion of construction of Phase 4 beyond 2040.