As the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) continues to take shape with new growth, including the arrivals of Niagara University, the VMC Subway Station and vivaNext rapidway, the City is making it easier for people to access and move through the emerging downtown with the opening of three new roads.
Working with York Region, SmartCentres and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the City has constructed and opened the following new roads in the VMC’s northwest area:
- Applewood Crescent from Highway 7 to Portage Parkway
- Commerce Street from Highway 7 to Apple Mill Road
- Apple Mill Road from Edgeley Boulevard to Applewood Crescent
These streets will help to alleviate congestion on Highway 7, making it easier for commuters to get to the subway, for students and employees to head to class or their offices and for residents to arrive home. In addition to improving local traffic by creating bypass routes, the new roads will expedite future development and establish a central community park space in the area.
With approximately 179 hectares of development opportunities, the VMC is the largest and most ambitious project in the City’s history. Once complete, it will be a walkable, pedestrian-oriented community with a vibrant public realm that is seamlessly integrated to an expansive park and open space network. It has a world-class transit system offering reliable connectivity throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and will see employment targets of 11,500 and be home to about 25,000 people by 2031.