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The Orbit (Innisfil, Cortel Group, PARTISANS)

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Innisfil on track for creating futuristic Orbit transit hub

Jul 17, 2020

With a futuristic look, the new Innisfil transit hub is on its way to reality.

During a special council meeting July 15, councillors approved concept plans for the new Orbit station and community.

Construction on the 6th Line hub, east of the 20th Sideroad, is set to begin in 2022.

It includes a GO Transit stop, indoor and outdoor seating, a public plaza, Wi-Fi charging station, washrooms and more.

“Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19, we are not slowing down and this council has taken an important step in making sure that the transit hub is ready for Innisfil residents to use as soon as possible,” Mayor Lynn Dollin said in a press release.

The concept was designed by Partisans, a Toronto architecture firm.

The lead developer for the area, Cortel Group, is moving forward with a vision that will see the new transit hub and Orbit community built.

The surrounding community includes various condo towers.

“The Orbit is designed to be oriented around sustainability and prioritize public transit and walkability over dependence on cars,” Dollin said.



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Is there any cases of these plans living up to expectations? The only one that I know of is the TOD around Mount Pleasant GO in Brampton.
 

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If your standard is Mount Pleasant, this should blow you away. Even if it doesn't quite live up to the vision set out by PARTISANS.
The standard is not Mount Pleasant it's just the only development I know of that turned out looking like a TOD. This development on paper looks great, but every similar development I've seen turned out to be standard suburban in the end.
 

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I think depending on the timeline for the GO station to be built. This proposition could be very appealing for the WFH Millennials that are being created through this COVID lockdown. This is coming from someone who is in that demographic.

People are turning more towards greenspaces during this pandemic and could be a shift in Millenial preferences.
 

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I think depending on the timeline for the GO station to be built. This proposition could be very appealing for the WFH Millennials that are being created through this COVID lockdown. This is coming from someone who is in that demographic.

People are turning more towards greenspaces during this pandemic and could be a shift in Millenial preferences.
This could be the experimental prototype community of today… instead of the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow.

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Innisfil on track for creating futuristic Orbit transit hub

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http://instagr.am/p/CC4RruhpN69/
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Setting aside for the moment the prognostications about the likelihood of any of this actually becoming real at some point, is what's pictured here even desirable? The whole square looks rather windswept, the public spaces look dull and uninspiring, the GO station looks like it'd feel outdated the minute it opens, and what seems to be set up as the piece de resistance of the public square looks to be a pointless (and inaccessible) staircase that overlooks...the mechanical roof systems of the trains going by?

I'm totally onboard with the stated goals of the masterplan, but I suppose I question the desirability of both some of what I've seen put out in renderings and whether the concepts demonstrate a practicable adherence to those goals, and also whether a relatively unproven firm like Partisans is the one that should be delivering on (or helping to engineer the specifics of) the vision.
 

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Does anyone actually think this is going to happen?
Let's just say I would be very surprised if it did happen. But as of now, I see this stuck between a pipe dream and Musk hyperloop...and probably stay that way as long as humans walk this Earth.
 

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I fear that PARTISANS is more interested in presenting a futuristic 'vision' and imagery for this new city district than they are considering what makes good urban design. Sometimes you need to know the rules and appreciate them before you set out to break them.

As for the transit hub, as long as it turns out better than the dingy food court at Union Station (the overhead "ears" make the ceiling feel even lower and more overbearing; it's gimmicky), I'll be satisfied. -__-
 

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