Rail Deck District is exploring both site-wide and block-specific strategies for impactful sustainability-focused initiatives. This could include a district energy system and carbon reduction features such as electric vehicle infrastructure, car and bike share service models, and on-site solar generation. Sustainability and resiliency are central priorities for the design and development team behind Rail Deck District and strategies for achieving high performance energy targets will be outlined in an Energy Strategy Report.
The Evolving Design Process
In 2022, an official plan amendment and zoning bylaw amendment application was submitted to the City of Toronto, marking the first major milestone of the Rail Deck District design and development process. Since then, the design and development team have garnered feedback from the City of Toronto, local Business Improvement Associations, and other stakeholders. Our latest submission is intended to highlight the extensive progress made to the development concept to date, while leaving room for further refinement and improvement through the 2023 public consultation process.
How has the design evolved?
The number of towers has been reduced from 11 to 9.
Space between towers has been increased.
Tower design and placement has been adjusted to improve view corridors to Canoe Landing, the Toronto Islands, and City Place.
Tower heights have been adjusted to minimize shadows.
The podium on the western block has been reduced from 15 storeys to 10 storeys.
Retail or commercial spaces have been added to the podiums of the centre and eastern blocks.
Community daycares have been added to each block and will have access to outdoor play areas.
A community hub and urban lounge has been added to the centre block of the district.