The 2015 Pan Am Games are roughly two and a half years away, so the race to complete the Pan Am Village in the West Don Lands is on. With a two-year deadline for the 14-acre development, structures on the site are rising up at a good pace. The village, in the hands of Dundee Kilmer Developments, is being built on former industrial land that sat vacant for many years as a result of deindustrialization. Remediation of the soil on the site has cleaned up the pollution and made the land usuable again.
The new structures will be home to over 10,000 Pan and Parapan athletes, coaches, and team officials during the games. After the 2015 Games, the housing stock will be converted for permanent occupancy and into a new residence for George Brown College. Other construction currently underway will provide campus space for George Brown and a new YMCA facility.
The community has been designed by a team of renowned architects, including KPMB Architects, architectsAlliance, Daoust LeStage, and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects. Construction is currently underway by EllisDon.
With the collection of eight cranes working at a frenzied pace, the landscape of the developing area is constantly changing. UrbanToronto Forum member Razz has kindly updated us on the development by posting multiple pictures of the Pan Am Village in the West Don Lands, both from his nearby condo perch overlooking the scene, and from street level along the edges of the property.
In a story appearing tomorrow, we'll get even closer: we were lucky enough to be provided with an in-depth media tour of the 80-acre site earlier today, including an unexpected trip up the under-construction Gooderham condominium rising to the south in the Distillery District, and allowing us the opportunity to explore the burgeoning neighbourhood in more depth. Be sure to check back tomorrow!
For more information about the project and to view more renderings, head to the Pan Am Games Village dataBase page linked below. Do you have any more construction pictures or information worth sharing? Head over to the related Forum thread, linked here, or voice your opinion in the comments section below.