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CITY BUILDING
REIMAGINING MIRVISH VILLAGE

 

By design, cities can be made better. Mirvish Village marks a bold and necessary shift in city-building: a comprehensive purpose-built community of rental apartments and innovative retail. Every one of the 800 suites here will be rental—not condos for sale—and nearly half will be two bedrooms and up, suitable for families (a 50 space daycare is planned). At the heart of the block will be a true market hall with its various purveyors setting up under soaring glass vaults, and nearby will be “Honest Ed’s Alley,” an incubator for new retail that will be more souk than supermarket. It is not just the development ‘what’ of Mirvish Village that will be unprecedented, but also our total design attention to ‘how.’ A fine grain of scale shapes our intentional variety of low and medium rise housing forms, and even our high rises will be slender and organically linked to their locales. Fine grain also best describes how many Markham Street Victorian houses will be restored, even setting the pattern and appointments of our shop-fronts along Bathurst and Bloor, plus public spaces. No more generic and forgettable developments; with public art and architectural artistry, Westbank aims to shape a special moment in the history of Toronto’s city-building. Ed Mirvish once said “There is no place like this place, anyplace”; our design and development team is rising to his challenge.

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