College Park Downtown Redevelopment was a complex, phased redevelopment of a 5.3 hectare city block in downtown Toronto. With phasing over a period of almost twenty years, this award-winning master plan concept transformed the underutilized, single-use Eatons College Street Store site into 350,000 sq.m. of high density, mixed use development.
The design concept combines historic, existing buildings with new office buildings, street related retail, office and residential buildings, focused around a 1.0 hectare city park with fountain/ skating rink and summer amphitheatre. The park is an integral feature of the master plan, as it provides for views into the site, it preserves and creates new pedestrian routes through the urban block, and is built over multiple levels of underground parking that serves the entire site. The central park is constructed over underground parking and receiving docks. As part of the park concept, small trees were planted to create the site’s own nursery for usage as the project phases developed. The park was designed for year-round use, and includes a large skating rink / reflecting pool and sheltered, outdoor spaces for summer concerts and general enjoyment by neighbouring building occupants.
The project was the receipt of a Toronto Historical Board Award of Merit.