Off to the Races

A casino and mixed-used development will fill one of Toronto’s last, large undeveloped sites

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(Courtesy SWA Group)
(Courtesy SWA Group)

A group of U.S. firms have  been selected to help design one of Toronto‘s major undeveloped sites, a 683-acre property where a mixed-use urban neighborhood will be built. These include the Laguna Beach, California-based office of SWA Group, San Francisco-based BCV Architects, and New York-based Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates. The site—about 1.5 miles north of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport—is currently owned by Woodbine Entertainment Group; the development will be built around the existing Woodbine Racetrack, which hosts live horse races four days a week.

(Courtesy Woodbine Entertainment)

(Courtesy Woodbine Entertainment)

The group’s gaming offerings will be the focus of the development, and a new casino will join the racetrack on the site. Woodbinem, who’s working with development consultant Live Work Learn Play, will also add biking and walking trails, retail and restaurants, and housing.

The project will also experiment with growing feed on the premises for its resident thoroughbred horses. Planning will take place over the next six months, while construction might be a decades-long process.

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