Scarborough has a lot going for it; it’s multicultural, welcoming, filled with shopping, restaurants, and businesses, has great public transit and lots of parks and greenspace. It’s about to get even better, as several planned Scarborough construction projects are in the works. They’ll make travelling throughout the GTA even easier and help revitalize several popular local destinations. Read on to learn more!
Eglinton Crosstown LRT
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT will help residents cross the city an impressive 60% faster. This connection will join the eastern and western areas of Toronto, making it much easier to travel across town and explore different neighbourhoods and communities. The western terminal will be Mount Dennis station and the eastern endpoint Kennedy Station, with 25 stops total, covering a distance of 19 km. The crosstown LRT will travel both above- and below-ground and be known as Line 5 Eglinton. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.
Scarborough Subway Extension
The Scarborough Subway Extension will bring the TTC’s current subway service almost eight kilometres further east. That means there will be subway service connecting current endpoint Kennedy Station with McCowan Road and Sheppard Avenue. It will have three stops, cover a distance of 7.8 km, and provide an estimated 105,000 rides daily. The extension will make the downtown core much more accessible for Scarborough residents and open up many more opportunities for work, play, and learning. This planned Scarborough construction project will take the place of the existing Scarborough RT. The project should be completed by 2029-30.
Scarborough Town Centre Development Plans
The Scarborough Town Centre Master Plans are exciting indeed. Oxford Properties plans to build out the existing 1.6 million sq ft of retail space and 40 hectares of land. Currently, there is a large retail shopping centre surrounded by massive surface parking lots. The property will be redeveloped, turning it into a mixed-use neighbourhood that is both residential and commercial. The mall will still be the focal point, but a number of towers and buildings will be added, with four different character districts created. The redesign will include main squares, public spaces, parks, and an entrance to the new subway station; it will also be pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly. This is a long-term project and could take up to 25 years to complete!
Scarborough Centre is the larger area surrounding this land, and it too will be redeveloped. The hope is to double the number of residents living here and significantly increase the number of jobs. Expect a finer street grid, a network of grand central public spaces, as well as intimate, smaller scale parks throughout. Scarborough Centre, to be built out around a bustling transit hub, is anticipated to become the next great urban destination in Toronto.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about some of the larger construction projects that are currently in the works in Scarborough. They’re sure to add tremendous value to an already great part of the city. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Gemterra blog for more information about the latest developments in Scarborough.