When General Motors Canada (GM) purchased the site of the former Cinespace film and television studio at 721 Eastern Avenue, their initial plans were to construct a new Canadian headquarters for their Cadillac brand, along with building a flagship dealership. Just shy of a year since the transaction transpired, new documents on the City of Toronto's development application website outline a grander vision that GM has for the site.
To be named the Toronto GM Mobility Hub, the Quadrangle Architects-designed proposal seek a rezoning and plan of subdivision, as the project envisions a master-planned employment campus spanning seven acres and three development blocks, totalling approximately 882,640 square feet in size. The site would accommodate space for up to 3,000 new jobs, with 150-265 of those being high-paying skilled jobs for the GM Campus.
Planned for the southernmost of the three development blocks, the GM Mobility Campus would boast a highly visible location with frontage along Lake Shore Boulevard East for a new Cadillac Canada National Sales and Marketing Headquarters, a GM Canada Regional Sales Office, a Maven™ Canada offices and facilities, a Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership, a Cadillac dealership, service space, an Urban Mobility Research & Development office, all along with a café.
Currently, GM is in talks with potential partners to develop Sites 2 and 3 on the north side of the site, with office use and retail/personal service spaces to serve the employees within the campus. A new public street would connect Eastern Avenue through the site to Lake Shore Boulevard, and for cyclists, the Don River Trail, designed with a 20-metre Right-Of-Way (ROW), and 8.5-metre sidewalks on either side.
GM's building is planned as a 3-storey base with three distinctive 2-storey wings stretching southwest, south, and southeast. Surrounding the wings is a green roof. Site 2, on the northwest part of the site, would see a 4-storey base building fronting Eastern Ave, rising to 9 storeys in the middle of the development property. Across the proposed public street is Site 3, also featuring a 4 storey base building along Eastern Avenue. The northeast block would have a larger footprint and boast two 12-storey buildings on its south side.