A Call to Design: Dunbar Collective

October 7, 2009 at 6:16 pm 3 comments

Dunbar Collective: Site Location

Dunbar Collective: Site Location

I want to ask you the readers if you have a design solution for this location?

I want to create a green technology showcase property for City of Cambridge and hopefully this can be a catalyst project for the rest of Hespeler Road. Maybe this project could be included in the Mayor’s new “green” agenda?!

This project will create some much needed infill and intensification development as well as showcase new technologies through building design, energy systems and sustainability.

Perhaps work towards a LEED certified building(s)?

Site Details

Size: Unknown (I do not have the proper tools at home to calculate it!)

Current Zoning: Commercial, I’m assuming “automotive related”

Potential Zoning: Live/Work units

Transit: iXpress and GRT transit stops already in place at Cambridge Centre Mall, located relatively close to the 401

Other Details:

  • More than likely a low-level brownfield site
  • Gas station used to be located on corner of Dunbar Road and Hespeler Road
  • Several automotive related services were located on properties south of Dunbar, but before the recently closed Galt Chrysler Car Dealership
  • “Junky” flea market located at corner of Can-Amera Parkway and Hespeler Road
  • YMCA is across the street
  • Dumfries Conservation Area located across the street, approximate size of 75 hectares
  • New residential towers built at Dunbar and Conestoga Boulevard
  • Regional Shopping Centre (Cambridge Centre Mall) located across the street

I’m going to work on drafting some concepts, but I would also love to see your work too!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. David H  |  October 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Oh I hope so! I would love to see this entire strip bulldozed from end to end and rebuilt. Volkswagen could easily move to Eagle Street, and they’re the only significant tenant left on that strip.

  • 2. Alex C  |  October 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    This is a brilliant idea! This area needs a massive facelift and I await the day that they shut down that eyesore of a flea market and erase that it even existed. I would like to see a mixture of high-rise residential with commercial on the main level. It would help get Light Rail Transit sooner to Cambridge and assist with smart growth strategies.

  • 3. David H  |  January 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    A thought has occurred to me–instead of just redesigning this area, why not redesign all the way to Bishop? Cambridge Centre has two areas behind The Bay and Zellers that could hold parking garages, allowing them to redevelop the lots in front. Demolish everything between Bishop and Dunbar, convert the driveway across from Galaxy Cinemas and the lane running along the front of the mall to roads in their own right, and start building. Extra points for pedestrian bridges connecting the two and remodelling the mall to allow street-level entry into some shops (H&M comes to mind).

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