Regeneration underway in the east GTA
dLAB plans to be the focal point for economic rejuvenation in Ontario’s Durham Region, a longtime global leader in engineering and advanced manufacturing
DURHAM REGION, ONTARIO – A group of organizations including private developers, governments and postsecondary institutions have forged a partnership to create a new urban commercial hub in the east Toronto area: dLAB, the Durham Learning and Business District. dLAB is a dense, dynamic urban hub of office and retail space woven together with postsecondary campuses. dLAB is located in the heart of Durham Region, straddling the Whitby-Oshawa border, and will be easily accessible from across the Toronto region on the GO Transit railway network.
“Durham Region is full of untapped potential,” says Marvin Green of River Oaks Group, one of dLAB’s development partners. “It’s already an important contributor to the Toronto region’s strong economy, but it’s got all the ingredients to become a bigger success.”
Ontario’s Durham Region has a long history of excellence in a number of key economic sectors, including engineering, energy production, automotive design and assembly, and advanced manufacturing. The region boasts a well-educated and diverse workforce. More than 51 per cent of residents hold a postsecondary degree, diploma or certificate. Meanwhile, Durham Region has large communities speaking Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, German, Tamil, Chinese and Hindi languages, among many others. Durham Region also offers some of the most affordable living in the Greater Toronto Area, with single detached homes averaging $435,779, compared to $965,000 in the city of Toronto.
The plans for the dLAB site, which straddles the Whitby-Oshawa border, include the construction of 10 to 12 new commercial office and retail buildings of 3 to 4 storeys in dLAB West (in Whitby) and still more construction planned for dLAB East (in Oshawa). All buildings will be in close proximity to each other, and within walking distance to postsecondary campuses and the planned Thornton Corners dLAB GO Transit station. By creating a dense urban environment that promotes collaboration and exchange, dLAB plans to become the east Toronto region’s primary employment and education hub.
dLAB is a transit-accessible, mixed-use, $200 million development proposal that brings business, learning and technology close together in the heart of Ontario’s Durham Region. dLAB’s partner organizations include River Oaks Group, Halloway Developments, Durham College, Trent University Oshawa, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the City of Oshawa, the Town of Whitby, and the Regional Municipality of Durham.