Expo City by Cortel Group
VMC’s first residential community, EXPO City, is well underway. Located at the eastern gateway to the VMC, the first two towers are now occupied. Towers 3 and 4 are now under construction.
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.
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.
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.
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.