Mobilio Complex Adding Density to Vaughan’s Emerging Downtown

Catalyzed by a perfect storm of a 2017-opened subway terminus and zoning policies that concentrate residential and employment lands around the new transit infrastructure, the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) area is quickly taking shape as the latest ‘Downtown’ to be formed in the Greater Toronto Area. Recent development in this purpose-built, master-planned node has been concentrated north of Highway 7, though construction is now well underway on the first phases of South VMC by Menkes Developments and QuadReal Property Group. This 75-acre plot, just south of Highway 7 and just east of Highway 400, will eventually be home to 25,000 residents along with 1.5 million ft² of new office space and 750,000 ft² of retail.

Mobilio, Menkes Developments, QuadReal Property Group, Turner Fleischer Architects, VaughanAerial view facing north over VMC, image courtesy of Menkes/QuadReal

Creating a foothold for this new development activity south of Highway 7, the first buildings set to come online at South VMC are collectively known as Mobilio. This Turner Fleischer Architects-designed complex is bringing over 1,000 new homes to Vaughan’s Downtown, being built across a mix of condominium towers with heights of 13, 15 and 18 storeys, along with townhome blocks.

Mobilio, Menkes Developments, QuadReal Property Group, Turner Fleischer Architects, VaughanLooking southeast over site of Mobilio, image courtesy of Menkes

Aerial views of the site shared by Menkes in late June show an active construction site, with concrete pouring across the footprints of all three towers. The west tower is currently furthest along, with the fourth floor being poured as of the time of Menkes’ update. This is expected to be the first tower to reach completion. 

Mobilio, Menkes Developments, QuadReal Property Group, Turner Fleischer Architects, VaughanAerial view of Mobilio, image courtesy of Menkes

Following closely behind, the east tower’s second floor is now underway, while the ground-floor pour is upcoming for the southern tower as the final sections of the garage’s P1 level are formed. Adjacent to the west tower, the townhome blocks will have their first concrete pours completed in the coming weeks.

Mobilio, Menkes Developments, QuadReal Property Group, Turner Fleischer Architects, VaughanGround-floor forming at Mobilio, image courtesy of Menkes

Mobilio’s new residences and commercial space will be joined by a linear park to be built as part of Vaughan’s Black Creek Renewal project, providing Mobilio and the wider community with a series of promenades, plazas and parks, spanning over 30 acres, fostering interaction with the watercourse.

Mobilio, Menkes Developments, QuadReal Property Group, Turner Fleischer Architects, VaughanMobilio, image courtesy of Menkes/Quadreal

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