The Pan Am Games Village in the West Don Lands is set to change the character of the area over the next couple of years, with a forest of cranes on the site building the accommodations for the Games' 10,000 athletes. The Village is being built on former industrial land which would have otherwise been vacant for years before any development occurred, and an important step in sparking other non-Games-related development around it.
The project is being developed by Dundee Kilmer with design by a wide range of architectural firms, including architectsAlliance, KPMB, MJMA, Daoust Lestage and TEN Arquitectos. As part of the Waterfront Toronto West Don Lands Precinct Plan, the Village will become a mixed-use neighbourhood that offers housing to individuals at a variety income levels after the 2015 Pan Am Games are over in August of that year and house George Brown College's first ever Student Residence.
It is quite rare to have such a large peice of land under construction at the same time, even in development-crazy Toronto where cranes tower on the skyline like sequoia trees. An undertaking of the magnitude of the Pan Am Games Village, which is over 14 acres in size, requires a lot of heavy lifting for over one dozen buildings set to take shape by 2015.
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