On July 10th, Toronto plays host for the 2015 Pan Am Games and as the city gears up for the large scale sporting event, 3.8 acres of former industrial land has gone through a massive transformation. The Pan Am Games Athletes’ Village, is located in a section of the West Don Lands centred on Front Street, between Cherry Street and Bayview Avenue. The Village will be the home base for 7,100 competitors and team officials during the Games and will provide 2,000 housing units and a range of required facilities including; a welcome and accredation centre, a 3,500 seat dining hall, parking and service facilties and a transit mall. The facilties required for the Athletes‘ Village will be built as temporary structures, however roads, transit and much needed infrastructure will remain.
After the Games, the Village will be converted into a sustainable mixed-use neighbourhood that will offer a range of housing options, amenities and services. A recreation centre that will be used as a warm-up and training facility during the Games will become an 82,000 square foot YMCA, Cherry Street will become a new TTC Streetcar route, shops, restaurants and cafes will open along Front Street Promenade. The buildings will be reconfigured to offer a range of housing for people of all income levels and George Brown College will have its first residence, providing housing for 500 students.
Three plots of land (blocks 12, 13, 16) will be kept for future condominium developments and be progressively developed after the Games. The transformation of the West Don Lands and the scope of the redevelopment for the surrounding areas will be tremendous. One of the city’s newest neighbourhoods will be connected to Riverside and Core Realty is excited to watch our city continue to grow.