GSP Group led the preparation of design plans and obtaining planning approvals for the redevelopment of a six-hectare brownfield site near Downtown Kitchener. Victoria Common is a mixed-residential development that will infuse 958 new dwellings into the central neighbourhood.
The project will create a vibrant, active, and sustainable neighbourhood within walking distance of Downtown, surrounding employment areas, and the planned ION rapid transit system. A central piazza will accommodate different recreation needs throughout the year.
This is a true brown-to-green example with site remediation facilitating new development which integrates sustainability initiatives. The site housed industrial activities since the mid-nineteenth century, but had been abandoned and derelict since 2002.
GSP Group prepared the master plan that set out overall design vision and guidelines. A principal challenge was to balance the need for integrating an urban redevelopment project within the existing lower rise, lower density neighbourhood context. Planning approvals were received in 2013 and 2014, and the vision for the property is now being realized.
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