The site has a signalized entry point directly across from the Upper Canada Mall. An entry feature into the site will be an arch above the main entry, which will serve as a pedestrian bridge connecting the two residential towers. An internal roundabout will be accessed by the main entry, which will surround a central water feature that is expected to provide an informal gathering area for residents.
Access to the underground parking will be located from the roundabout, which is where the majority of parking is located. A limited amount of surface parking will be accessible from the roundabout, along with a number of handicapped spaces. Access from George Street will primarily serve the Retirement Residence/Conference Centre in Phase 1, which will also include a limited number of surface parking.
Enclosed, elevated pedestrian 'bridges' will be incorporated between the buildings to facilitate movement through each of the buildings and to enable residents and visitors to make use of the amenities and features located in other buildings.
As previously stated, parking will generally be provided underground with minimal parking spaces on grade along with handicapped spaces. The loading areas will be located internally at the north, south and east boundaries of the subject site.
The high-rise buildings will be terraced to respect and not impose on the neighbours to the north and south. The buildings are proposed to be located close to Yonge Street in order to build on the synergy that is anticipated in this area and to facilitate a relationship with the residents and those passing by along Yonge Street.
A Zoning By-Law Amendment application was submitted to the Town of Newmarket in June of 2011. This amendment seeks to recognize site-specific elements such as setbacks, parking, and height.
Site Plan approval will also be required, and will be sought for each phase of the development.