Earlier this year we took a look at plans for Lifetime Developments’ proposed Panda Markham development at Warden Avenue and Highway 7, set to redevelop a 5.8-acre site into a mixed-use community with five luxury residential towers containing over 2,200 new residential units. Earlier this week, a community meeting was held at the Milliken Mills Community Centre, where representatives from Lifetime and the Panda Markham team presented their vision and responded to questions about the project.

Panda Markham, Hariri Pontarini, Lifetime DevelopmentsPanda Markham, image courtesy of Lifetime Developments

Members of the community gathered to learn about the project's details, including the ambitious heights ranging from 28 to 48 storeys. Other details discussed included the suite mix, which will range from one-bedroom to three-bedroom designs to accommodate various lifestyles including families. Community members were joined by Isa Lee, Councillor Ward 8, City of Markham; Brian Brown, principal at Lifetime Developments; and David Pontarini, founding partner at Hariri Pontarini Architects—who are responsible for the community's design.

Panda Markham, Hariri Pontarini, Lifetime DevelopmentsPanda Markham, image courtesy of Lifetime Developments

“Our proposal will bring new attention to one of the most desirable locations in the Greater Toronto Area,"  said Lifetime's Brian Brown. "With stunning architecture by world-respected Hariri Pontarini Architects, Panda Markham will be a new landmark adding much-needed new residences to one of Canada’s fastest-growing and most thriving cities.”

Panda Markham, Hariri Pontarini, Lifetime DevelopmentsPanda Markham, image courtesy of Lifetime Developments

Area residents also learned of the project's nearby transit connections and how these factor into the density being proposed, with planning firm Bousfields' Kate Cooper stating that the team "intends to make the most of the City’s existing infrastructure. The property is transit connected and pedestrian friendly, and will bridge Downtown Markham with local businesses." One of York Region Transit's dedicated rapid transit VIVA busways runs alongside the site.

Panda Markham, Hariri Pontarini, Lifetime DevelopmentsPanda Markham, image courtesy of Lifetime Developments

Additional information and images can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.

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