Moving forward on transit-oriented community at Mimico GO
Next steps to deliver improvements to Mimico GO.
May 1, 2023
The transit-oriented community that will transform the Mimico GO Station area is one step closer to reality.
Last year Metrolinx and Vandyk Properties signed an agreement, which outlined the transit infrastructure improvements that the developer will be constructing.
Since then, the two parties have been working on the design and infrastructure requirements to deliver the station. Station improvements will include:
- 2 station access points on the north side of the station
- A new, fully accessible main station building
- 300 underground, dedicated GO parking spaces
- 96 spaces for bicycle storage, including secured and covered bike parking
- An integrated transit plaza with pick-up and drop-off facilities
- A greenway path for pedestrians and cyclists to access the station
The transit-oriented community at Mimico GO Station will provide an estimated 2,078 housing units, including affordable ownership and rental options, as well as new retail and office spaces in the rapidly growing south Etobicoke area.
As part of the municipal planning approvals process, Vandyk Properties has submitted a Site Plan Application (SPA) to the City of Toronto.
The SPA submission is a critical step in the planning process as it is an opportunity for the city and community to provide input on the overall development. The SPA provides a more detailed look at the planned mixed-use community adjacent to the station and how the station will be integrated into the wider development.
The first station access point will be on the north side of the rail corridor through a pedestrian bridge off Royal York Road. A secondary station access point will be on the north side of the rail corridor off Windsor Street with an accessible tunnel connection to access the station from the south side of the rail corridor.
A retail plaza, a greenway for pedestrians and cyclists, and a passenger pick-up and drop-off area will run parallel to the north side of the rail corridor.
Enhanced station amenities, including 300 underground GO parking spaces and 96 spaces for secured and covered bicycle storage, will be integrated into the project.
Renderings show once construction of the station and surrounding area is complete, people who live, work, or visit the Mimico area will be able to seamlessly connect from GO Transit to new, integrated housing, retail and commercial spaces; amenities like secure bike parking and green spaces.
Metrolinx and Vandyk Properties will continue to advance the station design and determine a construction schedule. Design, construction, and safety standards will be incorporated into the final plans. Metrolinx will update the community as plans for the station improvements progress.
What is a transit-oriented community?
The revamp of Mimico GO Station is being delivered through the Province’s Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC) program. TOCs are vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use communities that are close to transit stations and stops.
Ontario’s TOC program is increasing much needed housing supply, including affordable housing options, as well as community amenities and jobs within a short distance of transit, while also reducing gridlock.
This approach will help increase transit ridership and reduce gridlock all while leveraging third-party investment to build transit infrastructure, saving taxpayers’ money.
by Lauren Rodgers Metrolinx communications senior advisor