TAS and SvN Architects + Planners (SvN) released designs for a project called Connecting Cooksville, a Mississauga development that will connect the surrounding city with a mixed-use community. The project will turn a car-oriented surface parking area into a transit-oriented, interconnected mixed-use development. It will feature interior streets and a regenerative landscape.
“Connecting Cooksville is one of the largest transit-oriented development opportunities in the GTHA,” said Ken Wilcox, VP Development at TAS. This is also one of just three intermodal mobility hubs in Mississauga, therefore it creates an opportunity for responsible growth in Canada’s fastest growing city.
Additionally, the plan is to increase investment in mobility and transit-oriented developments to create a community that can serve as an example for a zero carbon future. The Connecting Cooksville development will create 2,200 new units of condo and rental apartment space. A partnership with Options for Homes also aims to produce 250 to 300 homes through an attainable homeownership program during a time when affordable real estate is tight across North America.
Furthermore, amenities for the community will include a community center with pool, a library run-in partnership with the City of Mississauga and 100,000 square feet of commercial space. This will also include a large community gathering space. The entire development will be 1.7 million square feet of space, mostly placed in vertical high-rise towers with green plantings on the exterior to maximize green space and biodiversity on the site.
Meanwhile, the outdoor public plaza and central plaza will create room for community gatherings in what is being billed as an urban forest. Several tree species will anchor the park that will feature walking trails, outdoor kitchens, classrooms and café seating. Ground level in this community will be used for retail or community gathering spaces.
SvN, in collaboration with WHY Architecture Workshop, designed the urban forest to mitigate heat island effects and improve stormwater management. They prioritize Mississauga’s initiative to increase its tree canopy. Lastly, the City of Mississauga’s Climate Action and Strategic Plans are integrated into the project’s planning for green spaces.
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