Baif Don Head, the first complex of its kind in Richmond Hill, configures a new mixed-use development intended to enhance the town’s sense of place by continuing transit-facilitated growth along the Yonge Street corridor. Public, semi-public, and private open spaces, interlinked with landscaped pedestrian corridors, will allow passage to and through this development, conceived as a densifying urban asset to surrounding residential neighbourhoods. The proposed complex consists of high- and low-rise residential construction, a public square at the south west corner of Yonge Street and Major Mackenzie, and retail at grade.
Four proposed blocks comprise the overall master plan, each organized around a landscaped courtyard. At the northwestern edge of the development, mid-rise housing with sculpted terraces wrap the courtyard to transition from Yonge Street to the adjacent lower scale residential neighbourhood. The three southern blocks contain townhomes lining the side streets, retail units, and a high-rise residential tower set back from Yonge. Each tower also employs environmentally sustainable systems, such as planted roofs and solar panel masts on every balcony, to set standards for Richmond Hills’ future developments. The new retail component along Yonge Street reflects the scale of the existing small stores to maintain the street’s character.