Sorbara Group, The Interchange Entertainment Centre, Vaughan, Ontario.
Talbot Consultants International Inc. were initially retained to recommend a development strategy for this 133 acre site in the south-east quadrant of Highways 400 & 407. After conducting detailed research and analysis we recommended that this project be focused on a 360,000 sq. ft. Entertainment Focused Centre (EFC) with the balance of the site being developed with 1 million sq. ft. of synergistic "big-box" and "mid-box" retailers and 850,000 sq. ft of ancillary office space. After the sale of the property to Beutel Goodman our subsequent tasks were to recommend site and building design guidelines (in co-operation with the architects) and then carry out a feasibility study, a target tenant profile analysis, a re-zoning support document and a market impact study. This project was the first "green fields" EFC in the Toronto area. It was subsequently approved and is currently under construction. The EFC component is anchored by a 6,300 seat 30 screen AMC megaplex theatre and a 75,000 sq. ft Dave & Busters. These anchors will be complemented by a "streetscape" of other unique entertainment venues, themed restaurants and entertainment and leisure oriented retailers.
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