On October 4th, East Village made a big splash in Toronto by winning the Canadian Urban Institute’s Best Overall Project – Large Scale - at Brownie Awards gala.
The “Brownies” is CUI’s term of endearment for brownfield redevelopment, ie. projects that seek ways to reuse and reignite underutilized property. The Brownie Awards recognize leadership and innovation in brownfield redevelopment, particularly projects that contribute to the community at large.
East Village shared the esteemed company of other Brownie finalists, including: The London Optimist Sports Centre (London, Ontario); The West Don Lands Pan/ParaPan Am Athletes’ Village Project (Toronto,Ontario); and Quarry West (Calgary, Alberta). “The jury decisions get harder every year as the range and scale of projects continue to grow,” said Glenn Miller, vice president of education and research, CUI. “East Village has demonstrated excellence in large scale community development and we are pleased to be acknowledging the CMLC team for its efforts.”
Our new Brownie is another happy milestone for East Village. As readers of this blog know, CMLC recently announced $600 million of mixed-use private investment in the area, RiverWalk Phase II opened in September, and the East Village Experience Centre, an 8,000 sq. ft. sales and marketing hub, is being readied for the launch of residential sales early in 2012.
The Canadian Urban Institute is a Toronto-based not for profit that works to create “a world of thriving, sustainable, harmonious and engaged urban regions.” The CUI first honoured CMLC in 2008 in the category of Sustainable Remediation for work on the East Village Stormwater Wetland project.