Weston on track at Woodbine
Weston Consulting is playing a key role in the destiny of one of the largest infill development projects in the GTA, the setting for the proposed Woodbine Racetrack Entertainment Hub. If approved, the “city within a city” that its creators envision, will transform northwest Toronto. Roughly the size of Toronto’s downtown, the 684 acres around the famed Woodbine Racetrack is now steps closer to providing a home for a new casino. When complete, the entertainment hub will include retail, office, hotel and entertainment venues, with walking paths, landscaped outdoor areas and parking. At the heart of it all will be the storied racetrack, visited by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip three times since it opened in 1956.
Weston’s deep planning experience and facility with coordinating stakeholders was invaluable in completing an urban design brief and planning justification for the Site Plan submission for the gaming district portion of the overall site. The proposed site plan includes a two-storey entertainment building with casino, retail, restaurants, bars and lounges; a two-storey retail and casino administrative building; mirror image 12-storey hotel towers overlooking the racetrack as well as single-storey retail, a parking garage and landscaped areas. Green roofs are planned to cover over half of the buildings’ rooftop surfaces.
The Weston team, including Matt Alexander and Robert Walter-Joseph, has been working closely with client Ontario Gaming GTA Limited Partnership to help realize the vision of the entertainment hub. Weston has been working with project consultants including Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc., CGL Architects and a team of engineers to coordinate materials for the submission.