Ever since the subway was extended to Vaughan in 2017, the area along Highway 7 between the 400 and Jane Street has been on a tear. To the north of 7, with several towers now up and several under construction, is the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, where SmartCentres REIT is the largest landowner/developer. On the south side of 7, bcIMC is the largest landowner and through their development arm, QuadReal Property Group, the redevelopment of land here is starting to catch up. Dubbed Assembly Park, the first two projects within the master-planned, multifaceted, mixed-use community are now under construction, some community facilities and amenities have opened, and much more is in the works.
Assembly Park, which will cover 83 acres, is currently in transition from a commercial area filled with surface parking lots, to a thriving community, and the planning here, being led by QuadReal, is already years deep. Menkes Developments, in partnership with QuadReal, has already launched and sold residences in Assembly Park's first two multi-tower condo projects; Mobilio, designed by Turner Fleischer Architects, which is well under construction, and Festival Condos, designed by IBI Group, which broke ground earlier this year and is set to be completed in late 2024.
Mobilio will cover 12.6 acres and house a total of 1,148 units of both townhomes and condos, the latter of which will stand 13, 15, and 18 storeys tall.
Festival will cover an area of 5.7 acres and be comprised of four condo towers that will stand 41, 48, 55 and 59 storeys tall, and be home to 2,470 units.
More development sites are to come. Aiming to be a singular community in the Vaughan region, and along with a variety of modern housing options, Assembly Park is designed to be a pedestrian-first hub of cultural activity, full of diverse entertainment, shopping, and dining options.
Assembly Park will also feature a network of lush parkland, unique community amenities, and socially-oriented public spaces. Temporary Community spaces — they will find permanent homes in new projects as they are built — have already begun to take shape at Assembly Park; earlier this year the community's urban beekeeping hives were put in place, (and their honey was harvested for the first time!), and The Studios at Assembly Park were launched.
The Studios is a temporary multi-use art and content studio, gallery, event and residency space, classroom, destination, and celebration of creativity in all its many forms, disciplines and mediums. This hub of creativity serves as an inspiration point and a tool in continuing the many diverse creative pursuits of the Assembly Park community. A 7,000 ft² mural titled FUTURA by Toronto artist Andre Kan was unveiled on its walls recently, and will serve as a significant landmark at The Studios.
Most recently in mid-November, Assembly Gardens was put in place. The Gardens are the 1.47 acres of "backyard" at Assembly Park, a temporary natural gathering space fitted with multi-purpose space for communal dining, culinary festivals, private moments, group yoga, herb, flower, and vegetable gardens, gardening classes, picnics, and just lounging. The Gardens can be seen tow images above, while the rendering below depicts one of the open spaces coming on the Mobilio site, designed so that it can be enjoyed year-round.
Landscape architecture at Mobilio is designed by NAK Design Group, who are experts in placemaking and creating resilient environments that foster community building. At Festival Condos, landscape design is by IBI Group.
The Assembly Park Studios and Gardens are a taste of the future community, and are intended to bridge the gap until the permanent community amenities are constructed. For the past couple of years, Assembly Park has provided space to hold community events that needed a home. Examples include the Vaughan Film Festival, the Screamers Halloween event, the Nights of Lights Holiday Festival, and coming this winter; the Nights of Lights Holiday Fair.
The Assembly Park community is well-connected to the rest of the GTA via Vaughan’s TTC subway station as well as the York Region Transit Viva and Brampton ZUM Rapid Transit systems. Residents who drive will find highway entrances just moments from their Assembly Park homes. York University is a short distance to the south.
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