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Downtown-style development that will house up to 5,000 people launches in Vaughan

Vaughan is about to join Markham and Mississauga in redefining suburbia.

Taking its lead from the construction of the York University subway station, the first to be planned outside the city of Toronto, Expo City is the first of several planned developments that are meant to eventually cover 400 acres of what is now mostly unused farmland and light industrial grounds.

Developed by Vaughan-based Cortel Group and designed by Alan Tregebov of YYZed Project Management, Expo City is a five-tower, 1,933-unit project.

"It would not be very different from downtown Toronto," Tregebov says. Among five-storey buildings, much taller towers will define the skyline. "It would not be very different from most cities, it's not a suburban form, it's very urban."

Expo City, launched last week, will be built up near the intersection of highways 7 and 400. The stretch of Highway 7 going through the development will be renamed Avenue 7.

Tregebov estimates that all five towers, each slated to be between 37 and 39 storeys high, will be completed in five to seven years.

Writer: Bert Archer
Source: Alan Tregebov

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