Infrastructure development that best serves its citizens is key to any city’s success. While every growing community requires the "hard" infrastructure - networks of hydro, water, sewers, roads and so on, Markham also had the forethought to include "soft" infrastructure - the tools needed to lay the groundwork for enhanced growth. Cue the construction of its power plant and key civic buildings to the evolution of its transit.
Scroll across the panorama, below, to explore the "hot spots" of Markham's structured growth.
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The city is a leader Canada’s life sciences and technology businesses, with a solid reputation as a sustainable, environmentally friendly city. Light industries and businesses began to move into Markham in the 1980s, attracted by land and lower taxes. Today, it can lay claim to being Canada’s hi-tech capital, with several high-profile companies in the area, such as Aviva, IBM, Motorola, Toshiba, Lucent, Honeywell, Apple, Genesis Microchip, and ATI. The Markham Downtown/Markham Centre area currently has 800,000 square feet of office space developed with another 2.2 million planned in the coming decade. There is also two million square feet of retail space planned.
Clearing the corridor
Two views from before and after development along Highway 7, looking west from above Town Centre Blvd. The development of transit has enabled York Region’s Transit to provide seamless service across the region, reducing congestion and better connecting Markham to northern Toronto.
Opened in time for the 2015 Pan-Am Games, this world-class aquatics and recreational facility features an Olympic-size pool, badminton courts, warm up and spectator areas.
Water and waste water infrastructure ensure residents and their families have access to modern, reliable water, stormwater and wastewater services that meet their needs. This groundwork safeguards the health and well-being of Markham’s residents, protects waterways and preserves local ecosystems.
Dr. Rhonda Lenton, president of York University, discusses the rationale behind Markham as the choice for the school’s newest campus.
Highway 407 helps relieve congestion and helps the efficient movement of people and goods through the Greater Toronto Area. Markham, among other communities, benefits from local job creation, opportunities for businesses, and reduced congestion.
When they designed the city centre of Markham, they did it in such a way that there'd be a number of community facilities there. Notably, they built a central heating plant in advance, which was a catalyst for York University to build a new campus. And I believe their biggest success was ensuring that the lands weren't used for anything other than the long term. - Bryan Tuckey, former York Region Commissioner Of Planning
Boasting 88 acres of living space, Uptown Markham, developed by TimesGroup, a BILD member, winds through the Rouge River Valley lands, right in the heart of Markham and at the doorstep of Unionville.
Downtown Markham, developed by The Remington Group, a BILD member, is the largest planned mixed use development in Canada. The $3-billion community combines residential, retail and commercial properties, all built to high environmental standards, and designed to reflect the sustainable development needs of the province.