ULP – Class of 2017
Over the last eight months, participants of the Urban Leadership Program worked in teams, and shared their expertise and advice to develop recommendations to a local community. The program was developed by a multidisciplinary committee, led by former City of Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford. Teams had the opportunity to collaborate with top industry peers from various real estate disciplines, to engage in solving real land use challenges within a defined region of the city involving key stakeholders from the private, public, and non-profit community sectors.
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Bold plans for Bloor-Dundas: Inaugural graduates of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto’s Urban Leadership Program present development concepts to community
New visions for TTC Landsdowne and Loblaws sites in the Junction
July 17, 2017 (TORONTO) – In the wake of construction for the new Museum of Contemporary Art, 30 of Toronto’s brightest urban planners, real estate developers and architects presented their community action plan for two important sites in Toronto’s Bloor-Dundas neighbourhood. The end of the eight-month Urban Leadership Program was capped with a community stakeholder presentation, which revealed four development concepts for the Choice Properties site on Dundas Street West and the TTC site on Lansdowne.
“These visions are the culminating efforts of the new ULI Urban Leadership Program,” says Richard Joy, Executive Director of ULI Toronto. “With the goal of increasing the quality of life and economic prosperity of our region, this program fosters leadership by giving participants the opportunity to collaborate with their industry peers and engaging them to solve real land use challenges in Toronto.”
The Urban Leadership Program was developed and lead by former City of Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford. Inspired by the highly successful ULI Leadership program run by ULI Atlanta, the Toronto program focused on two sites in the Junction to apply a think-tank mentality to identify the future opportunities for the neighbourhood. Councilor Ana Bailão and representatives from Choice Properties and the TTC were involved in the process and present for the final presentations.
“We’re reaching a critical juncture in many Toronto neighbourhoods,” says Bedford. “The future of the city is in the hands of young professionals and the Urban Leadership program provides a unique multi-disciplinary approach to designing smart, sustaining, thriving communities.”
The resulting presentations took the ambitions of the community and leveraged the program’s expert knowledge to produce plans that support future growth in context. The proposed plans for the Choice Properties Site included higher density buildings along Bloor Street and Dundas West, with public access and parkland in the interior of the site. Connectivity to all types of transportation was prioritized, including a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the train tracks to the east of the site. Having a mix of uses was also critical, including schools, post-secondary education and employment areas.
For the TTC Site, proposed plans focused on maintaining strong employment, and spaces that would foster entrepreneurship and creativity in the neighbourhood. With many forms of public transit servicing this area, the employment areas could be a draw for people throughout the GTA. To continue to foster the burgeoning creative industry, the project team recommended offering a mix of affordable housing, live-work studios, and co-working and business incubator space.
While the presentations were informal, the stakeholders are considering several of the ideas to help guide the changes coming to the Bloor-Dundas neighhourhood. Presentations can be viewed online here: http://toronto.uli.org/ulp-presentations/.
The 2016/2017 Urban Leadership Program participants are:
Ian Andres, Goodmans LLP
Sharleen Bayovo, City of Mississauga
Tyrone Bowers, Allied REIT
Robyn Brown, IBI Group
Justin Chung, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
Hugh Clark, Allied Properties REIT
Anne-Marie Croce, City of Toronto
Matthew Fair, Minto Developments
David Falletta, Bousfields Inc.
Renee Gomes, First Gulf Corporation
Alex Heath, SVN Architects and Planner
Anna Kazmierska, MMM/ WSP
Natasha Kuperman, Without Walls Limited
Edward Lam, Triovest Realty
Shawni Lo, Toronto Community Housing
Jessy Mahl, Diamond Corp
Michelle McCarthy, Dillon Consulting Limited
Dev Mehta, Quadrangle Architects Limited
Gil Meslin, Artscape
Joseph Milos, Live Work Learn Play Inc.
Adrianna Pilkington, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Aaron Platt, Davies Howe LLP
Stephane Raymond, B+H Architects
Jordana Ross, Options For Homes
Amanda Santo, Waterfront Toronto
Michael Stevenson, Toronto Transit Commission
Graig Uens, City of Toronto
Queenie Wong, Zeidler Partnership Architects
Throughout the eight-month program, participants attended eight day-long seminars to solve existing land use challenges in Toronto and the Junction, involving key stakeholders from the private, public and non-profit community sectors. The program offered an opportunity for participants to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary expert team, engaging with the brightest industry professionals, as well as employers, grass roots organizations and members of the Junction community. These educational sessions were generously sponsored by Borden Ladner Gervais, Cadillac Fairview and Altus Group.
The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 40,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. ULI Toronto is a District Council of the international organization, representing over 1,500 members locally.
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