Windfields Farm Turned Retail Site – Plans Break Ground
Expect further development at the intersection of Simcoe St. North and Winchester road, just below the new 407 extension.
What was once known as Windfields Farm, a successful equestrian breeding site and the home of Northern Dancer (winner of the Queen’s Plate, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and previously owned by E.P Taylor), is continuing to expand Tribute Homes’ “The Neighbourhood of Windfields Farm” development that was completed in 2012.
The farm ceased operation in 2009 and the property was purchased by The University of Ontario Institute of Technology with the agreement that the burial site of Northern Dancer, commonly recognized as Trillium Cemetery today, would not be disturbed during any expansion as part of the Ontario Heritage Act.
RioCan and Tribute announced its joint venture in 2015 to develop a residential project on a 30 acre parcel which partially exists today. The “U.C” development is currently under construction and the “U.C Towns 2” is currently in pre-construction.
U.C and U.C Towns 2 are the beginning of the regional retail site that will accommodate 1.5 million square feet of development. There will be division off the residential builds (U.C and U.C Towns 2) that will be allocated to commercial builds, at an estimated 66 acres in size. The commercial area will start development sometime at the beginning of this year and is estimated to be completed in 2020. It is unknown which stores will take up lease in the commercial units at this point in time.