In this week's UTPro Instant Report, we delve into the evolving city of Oshawa, located at the east end of the Greater Toronto Area. For our custom report, we have focused our search within an 800-meter radius around 537 Ritson Road South, encompassing the neighbourhoods of Central Oshawa and Cedar Dale. Positioned within walking distance of the upcoming Central Oshawa GO station which is part of the Bowmanville extension of the Lakeshore East GO line, this area is poised to become a transit hub, vastly improving its connections to the wider GTA.

Map view of the area surrounding 537 Ritson Road South, image from UTPro Instant Report

Our Custom Location Report for the area reveals a total of 9 projects: 5 in pre-construction, 3 under construction, and 1 that has been recently completed. Cumulatively, these developments are introducing 6,013 new residential units to the local housing landscape, ranging from smaller residential low-rises to master-planned communities.

The diversity in the types of dwellings, from townhouses and condominiums to market-rate and affordable rentals, reflects the area's commitment to catering to a wide demographic. With an average height of 12.0m and a median of 4.0 storeys, the developments are optimizing space while preserving Oshawa's charm.

Summary of proposals for the area surrounding 537 Ritson Road South, image from UTPro Instant Report

Finished in 2021, Durham Cornerstone Transitional Housing is the sole project recently marked as completed in the report. This 3-storey apartment, designed by Barry Bryan Associates for Cornerstone Durham, is situated at 440-454 Bloor St East on the north side, west of Ortono Avenue, offering 22 affordable rental units. An image from December 2020 captured the construction site in action.

Looking north to the construction site of Durham Cornerstone Transitional Housing, image by Ed Skira

Meanwhile, just a two-minute walk east, 517 Bloor Street East is currently under construction in Southeast Oshawa. This 12-block townhouse apartment complex, designed by Flanagan Beresford Patteson Architects, boasts 4 storeys across 12 buildings, offering a combined total of 123 units. The architectural drawing below provides a glimpse into the east elevation of the project. 

517 Bloor Street East, designed by Flanagan Beresford Patteson Architects for 2526055 Ontario Inc

On the horizon is the ambitious 144-155 First Avenue development. This mixed-use project, still in its planning phases, is planned to feature buildings ranging from 14 storeys to as tall as 42 storeys, with over 5,400 units in total. Designed by Baron Nelson Architects Inc and DIALOG for a consortium of developers — Ellsworth GroupForgestone Capital, and Milborne Group — the project is set to become a landmark in Central Oshawa with its blend of residential, commercial, and public spaces.

Looking northeast to 144-155 First Ave, designed by Baron Nelson Architects Inc and DIALOG for Ellsworth Group, Forgestone Capital, and Milborne Group

The future GO station's impending arrival is a significant catalyst for this development surge. With an average Floor Space Index (FSI) of 3.17, the projects indicates efficient land use. The Gross Floor Area (GFA) metrics, especially the impressive total GFA of 435,916m², showcase the magnitude of upcoming residential and commercial spaces. The blend of nature with urban living, coupled with seamless connectivity promised by the GO extension, makes the vicinity a focal point of Oshawa's urban transformation.

GFA breakdown for the area surrounding 537 Ritson Road South, image from UTPro Instant Report

From the tranquility of affordable housing to the grandeur of towering condominiums, the area around 537 Ritson Road South encapsulates Oshawa's diverse architectural landscape. With the Ritson Road GO station on the horizon, the region is crafting a future-ready community. 

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