Brightwater community launches construction in Port Credit

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

A 72-acre Port Credit property left vacant for about 30 years in Port Credit is closer to new life as the Brightwater master-planned community.

The Port Credit West Village Partners, including Kilmer Group, DiamondCorp, Dream Unlimited, and FRAM + Slokker launched the project last week.

“When we started our work on Brightwater more than five years ago, we were so motivated by our vision of what the future of Port Credit Village and the waterfront could be,” Bob Blazevski, president and COO of DiamondCorp said in a statement.

“We have assembled an exceptional team of top talent across real estate, architecture, design and planning. We put our heads together to push the boundaries within our fields. The result is a world-class community and that will be a legacy for generations to come.”

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The development, designed by architectural firm Giannone Petricone Associates and design and planning firm Urban Strategies includes a mix of housing including 2,995 new residences and affordable housing units.

Diamond Schmitt Architects designed the first phase to be constructed on remediated Imperial Oil lands to include smart home technology features – a virtual concierge, unlimited internet data, master lighting control, WiFi through amenity spaces, keyless entry, programmable thermostats, a community app, and more.

Also, 18 acres of green spaces, including a new nine-plus acre waterfront park with walking and cycling promenades, pedestrian mews and public plazas will complete the development.

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Landscape architect Public Work created a plan with sloped naturalized channels to facilitate water movement on every street within the site. Stormwater management strategies, designed by Urbantech, and dynamic ecologies such as rainwater harvesting and bioretention strengthens Brightwater’s resilience, ensuring a healthy shoreline and meadow communities for the future.

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