The 32 hectare (80 acre) site is being transformed from former industrial lands into a sustainable, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, riverside community. The revitalized West Don Lands will feature 6,000 new residential units, ample employment and commercial space, at least one elementary school, and two child-care centres, all surrounded by nearly 9.3 hectares (23 acres) of parks and public spaces.
Largely owned by the Provincial government, the West Don Lands occupies a unique site at the original mouth of the Don River. The area was a challenging brownfield site in the flood plain of the Don River that required remediation and flood protection before any redevelopment could occur. Construction of a massive flood protection landform, is unlocking the area’s development potential and it is also providing flood protection to 209.6 hectares (518 acres) of Toronto’s downtown east end.