Exciting changes are coming to Scarborough, in the form of numerous revitalization projects. Each of these will make the most of existing services and build upon them; they include important updates and big improvements that will modernize local infrastructure and ensure better access for all. Some are already in the works, while others are just getting underway. Read on for more details about how Scarborough is revitalizing.
Agincourt GO Station Improvements
Many changes are coming to the Agincourt GO Station, with the goal of making it easier and more convenient to access. The amenities will be updated, accessibility will be enhanced, and changes will be made to the layout of the parking lot. The new station building is already open; it is LEED-certified and has improved (and larger) waiting areas. Coming will be a new passenger pick-up and drop-off area, a brand new second track and platform, two new pedestrian tunnels with elevators, canopies and integrated shelters on the platforms to protect passengers from the elements, and more landscaping. The goal? They are working towards 15-minute, two-way all-day service between Unionville and Union Station.
Scarborough Health Network Expansion
The biggest news to happen in recent months was the Ontario government’s announcement in April that it would be investing $1B in a major redevelopment and expansion of the Scarborough Health Network. The funds will be going towards renovating the Birchmount Hospital, expanding emergency care services at Centenary Hospital, funding a new chronic kidney disease program at Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre, and modernizing surgical services and expanding diagnostic imaging at Scarborough General Hospital.
The Redevelopment Of Agincourt Mall
Big plans are in the works to redevelop Agincourt Mall, which has been a busy and bustling destination since it was first built in 1966. The mid-sized shopping centre, located on the northwest corner of Kennedy Road and Sheppard Avenue, will be completely redeveloped to include a mix of residential units, offices, retail stores, and a park—similar to the set-up at the Shops at Don Mills in North York. Learn more about the specifics of the Agincourt Mall redevelopment plans.
The Scarborough Subway Extension
By now many are familiar with Metrolinx’s plans to extend the existing subway further into Scarborough. The Scarborough Subway Extension will run from Kennedy Station to the intersection of McCowan Road and Sheppard Avenue, adding three stops and 7.8 km to the TTC’s Line #2 (formerly known as the Bloor-Danforth Line). This replaces the Scarborough RT and will help reduce travel times for passengers. It is expected that the extension will eventually see 105,000 daily boardings.
Scarborough Centre Redevelopment
Scarborough Town Centre itself is about to get a major makeover, in the form of the Scarborough Centre redevelopment plans. Expect the addition of mixed-use, high-rise development, lots of new residential units, a reimagining of the Scarborough Town Centre itself, as well as several parks and public spaces. The focus will be on pedestrian-friendly and transit-oriented development in a sustainable environment, with different distinct zones created (shopping/retail, civic, transit, etc.).
These projects are proof positive that Scarborough is growing and will be ready for an even busier and brighter future. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Gemterra blog for more on local infrastructure developments.