500 Wilson

500 Wilson Avenue, Toronto
  • Project Type High-Rise Residential
  • Landscape Architect gh3
  • Architect gh3
  • Interior Design Esqape Design
  • Energy Consultant Footprint
  • Marketing Montana Steele Advertising

As part of its ongoing commitment to regenerating Toronto’s many neighbourhoods, 500 Wilson will be a dynamic addition to contemporary urban life in the community. A mix of condominiums and retail units to animate life at street level, this is a diverse, convenient and community-minded proposal that ambitiously and positively enhances everyday life for both its occupants and passers-by who will benefit from a safer and more lively streetscape. Designed by the award-winning architecture firm gh3, this development will replace aging buildings currently on the site with an architecturally significant mixed-use building attractive to the growing community who see Wilson Heights as an affordable and convenient place to live—a perfect choice for people seeking an exceptional location, non-traditional amenities, and a strong sense of community. Retail will form the basis of a very street-friendly podium, with the development transitioning up to a 13-storey mid-rise building that respects the existing density of the neighbourhood while contributing to its evolution as a contemporary and liveable part of the city. The added density of the mid-rise residential building will provide a necessary critical mass of mixed housing tenure for the community—including affordable housing and rental replacement.

Those unfamiliar with the context of the site will be surprised by how walkable the neighbourhood is becoming with existing retail set to grow substantially. The nearby Wilson subway station adds tremendous convenience to residents of 500 Wilson. Ground-level retail and close connections to Highway 401, the Yorkdale Shopping Centre and several city parks collectively amount to a host of exciting new options for people to shop, work, and play. Collecdev is proud to be part of this neighbourhood’s growth and transformation.

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Sustainable Features

When building communities, it is important to consider the long term impact of construction. Our construction guidelines are a starting point for sustainability and we constantly strive to exceed them. Below are just a few of the steps we take to ensure we create buildings that are lasting, energy-efficient and enhance the residents’ quality of life.


Low-Emitting Vehicle (LEV) Spaces
Physical provision for future electric vehicle charging provided
Long-term bicycle parking location
561 long-term secure spaces provided on P1
Short-term bicycle parking location
62 spaces provided on the main level in a highly visible and publicly accessible location
Safe, accessible pedestrian routes that connect with off-site pedestrian networks and priority destinations
Sidewalk space
2.1m wide sidewalk to accommodate pedestrian flow.
Weather protection
Covered outdoor waiting areas
Pedestrian specific lighting
Lighting provided to illuminate pedestrian walkways
Urban Heat Island Reduction: At Grade
A combination of high albedo and shade provided through precast paving and trees
Green & cool roofs
Provided on available roof areas


Energy efficiency
Building designed to achieve greater than 25% energy efficiency over the current Ontario Building Code
Building Commissioning
The project to be commissioned using best practices


Erosion & sediment control
Best management practices such as silt fencing, mud mats, and catch basin inlet protection have been added to reduce erosion and control sediment from runoff
Storm water balance
A cistern has been designed within the building footprint. The retained storm water will be used for irrigation of landscaped areas.
Total suspended solids (TSS)
Removal of 80% of total suspended solids based on the post-development level of imperviousness
Drought-tolerant landscapes
Water efficient plant material provided for more than 50% of landscaped site area
Water Efficient Fixtures
Potable water consumption to be reduced by more than 30%, using efficient water fixtures and appliances
Reduced potable water used for irrigation by more than 50%


Tree protection
Tree protection provided for all trees to be preserved
Street tree retention
Protection provided for street trees during construction.
Tree planting
Tree canopy provided where available. Additional tree planting beyond the development site and the associated public boulevard
Soil volumes
Provided where available. Continuous tree trenches provided with a minimum of 20m³ per tree
Trees along street frontages
Trees provided along street frontages
Watering program
Watering program to be provided through drip irrigation for the first two years to ensure trees flourish
Biodiversity in landscapes
All species to be native
Bird friendly glazing
First 12m treated with frit pattern and low-reflectance materials for at least 85% of glazing.
Rooftop vegetation
Provided where glazing is above rooftop vegetation
Grate porosity
All ground level grates to have porosity less than 20x20mm
Exterior lighting
All exterior fixtures to be shielded, to reduce light pollution


Waste collection & sorting
Tri-sorting provided for all buildings
Waste storage spaces
Easily accessible storage space provided
Bulky waste
Additional space provided to dispose of bulky waste items


470 - 530 Wilson is part of a complete community, where, in addition to easy access to the city, residents have options to work and play close to home. The site is well served by transit and close to the 401. There is also on-site retail and several city parks nearby. Yorkdale Shopping Centre is a 5-minute drive.


Amenities at 470 - 530 Wilson have been programmed with convenience and ease in mind. Indoor and outdoor social spaces elevate everyday living through intelligent planning and thoughtful design. Residents can avail themselves of spaces to relax and get fit, places to lounge, reflect, and entertain.

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