Great news!!! Toronto has won the bid to host the "olympics" of North America - the 2015 Pan Am Games and a One-Billion-Dollar Village, designed to host 8,500 athletes is being built next door to The Distillery District. The West Don Lands, east of Cherry Street, will comprise a complete 80-acre Athlete's Village.
How will it affect Distillery residents? The community will all the more flourish with a rare opportunity for state-of-the-art enhancements andimproved local local public transportation, including the Cherry Street streetcar line. With construction in the West Don Lands already in progress, winning the bid means that it will now be completed much earlier than originally planned and these favourable developments will increase the value of living at The Distillery and raise the district's already unique status as one of the best places to live, work and play.
What will the Athlete's Village have? The Pan Am Village will feature eco-friendly buildings that meet LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) requirements, including high-quality townhouses, mid-rise buildings and towers, an 18-acre Don River Park with running and cycling trails, training facilities like an olympic-sized 50 metre outdoor pool, a 400 metre track, basketball courts, a throwing and jumping area, a football pitch, recreation and fitness centre.
What's going to happen to the athlete's village after the games? Once the games are completed, $100 million will be spent to convert the athlete's housing units to permanent residential units and the recreation and fitness centre will become the community centre for the area - a treed beautiful and liveable community for the residents to enjoy.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE OFFICIAL PLANS FOR THE 2015 PAN AM GAMES, CHECK OUT THIS LINK: