Sidewalk Labs' smart neighborhood in Toronto is edging closer to becoming a reality after it revealed the initial draft plan for the site. It's proposing that Quayside should be focused around 12 mass-timber buildings, with a maximum height of 30 stories and a mix of residential, retail and commercial spaces in each.
The plan seeks to address some of Toronto's key urban issues, such as congested roads, expensive housing and job creation. It earmarks at least 20 percent of residential units for affordable housing (and 40 percent below-market rate housing overall) and 50 percent as rental units for the 5,000 or so residents it hopes will live there.
Alphabet-owned Sidewalk estimates the project will create more than 9,000 construction jobs and about 3,900 other positions in the neighborhood. It plans to optimize Quayside for transportation, including light rail transit links and "flexible streets" that will be ready for autonomous vehicles.
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