Alphabet’s subsidiary, Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto have announced a partnership, they’re calling Sidewalk Toronto.
The partnership will be used to design a mixed-use, complete community on Toronto’s Easter Waterfront (the Port Lands area). It’ll combine urban design with new digital technology to create neighbourhoods that are people-centred and can achieve unprecedented levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility.
The project will transform 800 acres of land, which is one of North America’s largest areas of underdeveloped urban land into a new neighbourhood called Quayside.
The area will be “a place that embraces adaptable buildings and new construction methods to make housing and retail space more affordable.” The goal of this project is to help make the Eastern Waterfront, the global hub of a new industry focused on urban innovation to help improve the quality of city life, improve upon Toronto’s tech sector and develop innovations that could help communities and neighbourhoods around Toronto.
Alphabet also plans to move Google’s Canadian headquarters to the Eastern Waterfront. Sidewalk Labs has committed $50 million USD for the initial planning phase and testing of the project.
A Town Hall will take place on November 1st, 2017 to get input from the community.
Source: Sidewalk Toronto