The revitalization of Newtonbrook Plaza is a combination of three mixed-use podiums with four residential towers, townhouses, a new public park, and new vehicular and pedestrian roads. Wallman Architects developed a Masterplan focused on creating ground level retail that animates new and existing streets and features a combination of large and small retail units. Office uses on the second level on each block provide a replacement to the existing office tower on-site. A community centre with daycare and gymnasium provide the surrounding community with needed public uses is located in Block 02. The tower placements are informed by shadowing and the North York setback requirements while the distribution of height and the use of slender rectangular floorplates create an elegant and varied skyline. The northwest corner of the site features a new public plaza and integrates access to the planned TTC subway station at the intersection of Cummer and Yonge Streets.
The design team’s approach has been to develop the masterplan such that design development, marketing and construction can continue without needing to re-visit the conceptual design. The site also incorporates a phased approach to construction for both below-grade parking and above grade building. The primary project driver has been to create a walkable, compelling pedestrian realm, anchored by the future subway expansion with a station in the northwest corner, while also meeting the target development density of 4.09x.