Transformational redevelopment project announced for Pickering’s City Centre

Posted on Thursday October 11, 2018

Today, a bold, new vision for Pickering’s City Centre was revealed, which would see the creation of a brand new, vibrant, sustainable, accessible, and bustling downtown from what is currently a blank slate.

The City of Pickering, Pickering Town Centre (PTC), Cushman & Wakefield, and CAPREIT announced a partnership that would see the redevelopment of lands focusing on the east side of the mall and immediately south of Esplanade South. This will be a truly, unique PPP project in that all of the partners will see their key priorities addressed in one masterful stroke.

Inspired by Europe’s renowned public spaces, the project partners showcased an exciting array of new, state-of-the-art buildings and facilities, including an arts centre, brand new central library, a combined seniors & youth centre, three condominium towers, and a hotel, which will all be seamlessly connected via activated and pedestrian-friendly walkways.

Additionally, through smart and pedestrian-focused design, the City will have the ability to close off sections of Glenanna Road in order to create a massive community gathering space that could accommodate large festivals and special events. Mayor Dave Ryan stated that he would eventually like downtown Pickering to host new and exciting festivals such as a Christmas market and Asian-style night market.

“City of Pickering Council and staff are proud to partner with Pickering Town Centre, Cushman & Wakefield, and CAPREIT on this transformational project. We are literally creating a brand new downtown, which will introduce a never-before seen energy and dynamic to Pickering,” said Dave Ryan, Mayor, City of Pickering.

This landmark project will bring together municipal service delivery, shopping & retail, and residential intensification, into a singular new, vibrant, and walkable neighbourhood that will become the heart of the city. Equally as important, this new community hub will have a direct connection to the GO Station via the world’s longest enclosed pedestrian bridge, providing quick, convenient, and comfortable access for visitors, shoppers, patrons, and employees. “This project has allowed us the opportunity to become a leader in innovation and a key player in the transformation of a downtown area into a dynamic city centre,” said George Buckles, Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services “We’ve seen what vision, creativity and perseverance can accomplish and we are passionate about the great future for Pickering’s City Centre.”

Scott Bunker, EVP Development & Innovation, CAPREIT adds, “With approximately 900 CAPREIT residents currently living in Pickering, we are keenly interested to be involved in this visionary downtown redevelopment project. We foresee a major win for Pickering by deepening CAPREIT’s investment in new and improved rental housing as part of the downtown core design. The benefits of this project will be numerous, with residents gaining more immediate access to world-class services, public spaces, restaurants and other amenities in the downtown core.” 

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As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:

Mark Guinto
Manager, Public Affairs & Corporate Communications l Office of the Mayor
905.420.4660 ext. 2013
1.866.683.2760
mguinto@pickering.ca