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TORONTO’s eastern waterfront may soon be in revival mode. SIDEWALK LABS, a sister company of GOOGLE and a division of ALPHABET INC., has become very interested in developing the city’s aquatic border lands. So much so, that upon final approval SIDEWALK will invest $50-million (US) in a year-long planning process for 12-acres (4.9 hectares) – the so-called Quayside Project. Plans are to eventually expand that to a greater investment over a much larger area.
Should all this happen, the development would contain 3.3-million square feet of residential, office and commercial space – as well as new headquarters for Google Canada.
This could end up being North America’s largest ‘smart city’ built around information technology, using data about traffic, noise, air quality, and the performance of systems including trash disposal and the electrical grid.
Mayor JOHN TORY – “This is a moment for TORONTO. By having Sidewalk interested in coming here, we’re building up our credentials as the place to be in the world.”
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