Community Housing at 62 Bayview Parkway
York Region is exploring a new opportunity to develop community rental housing at 62 Bayview Parkway. This future redevelopment will help address the significant need for housing in York Region. The site is centrally located in the Town of Newmarket, close to public transportation, shops, services and park space.
The Region will consider building between 115 and 250 units with a range of rental options that include affordable and market rents. While planning is still in the early stages, the design will commemorate the history of the original building and include indoor and outdoor amenity space.
The final design will be determined through the planning process with input from community members. By working with the Town of Newmarket and engaging with our neighbours, we can address community considerations and build an inclusive, welcoming community.
View this project timeline to see where we are in the process and what's planned for the year ahead.
How can I get involved?
Your input will play an important role in the project and help ensure our plans respond to community needs. Thank you for your interest!
York Region hosted two virtual Public Information Centres and a third is planned for 2023. Members of the community will also be invited to provide feedback through an online survey in the weeks ahead. A Community Liaison Committee has been established with representation from local residents, businesses and community groups.
Public Information Centre
Thank you to everyone who participated in a Public Information Centre (PIC) for this redevelopment. The feedback we received during the virtual PICs is helping to inform planning and the ways we are connecting with community members.
Virtual PIC #2 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Virtual PIC #1 - Thursday, September 23, 2021
Community Liaison Committee
Members of the Community Liaison Committee (CLC) are working closely with York Region staff to provide input and address issues throughout the planning and construction phases. The committee will also explore opportunities to integrate the new housing development into the surrounding neighbourhood. Representatives include local residents, businesses and community groups.
Learn more about the CLC by consulting the Terms of Reference.
Details on future community engagement opportunities will be posted to this page when they are available.
Where can I get more information?
If you would like more information about this housing development, future engagement opportunities, or the work of the Community Liaison Committee
please contact the project Community Liaison:
Answers to frequently asked questions and more resources are provided below.
If you have general inquiries, please contact Access York:
Frequently asked questions
Where is 62 Bayview Parkway?
62 Bayview Parkway is located in the Town of Newmarket’s Huron Heights-Leslie Valley neighbourhood. It is centrally located, just north of Davis Drive near The Tannery Mall, Newmarket GO Station and Southlake Regional Health Centre. The site also backs on to the Tom Taylor Trail, Newmarket’s portion of the Nokiidaa Trail System.
What is the history of 62 Bayview Parkway
The property at 62 Bayview Parkway has a long-standing history with public service as the site of the original York County Administrative Building since 1954. The existing building was constructed in 1957 and continued as the first Regional headquarters when York County dissolved and The Regional Municipality of York was established in 1971.
In 1994, Regional headquarters moved to 17250 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket. For over 25 years, 62 Bayview Parkway was occupied by the Region’s Community and Health Services Department to operate public services such as Ontario Works. In late 2020, 62 Bayview Parkway was one of 11 Regional locations that consolidated into 17150 Yonge Street.
Redeveloping 62 Bayview Parkway provides a unique opportunity to dedicate our land to help more people find, safe and suitable housing. The new affordable housing options will ensure the site continues to provide a vital public service and support community well-being for many years to come.
Did you work at 62 Bayview Parkway or have any special knowledge of the property’s history? We want to hear from you! Please share your insights and experiences by emailing @email
What is being proposed on the site?
A future redevelopment at 62 Bayview Parkway presents a timely opportunity to address York Region’s significant need for new affordable housing. The Region will explore building between 115 and 250 units on this site with a range of rental options that include affordable and market rents.
The planning and design components of the new building have just begun, so final details are not yet determined. However, the site will include parking and indoor and outdoor amenity space in addition to the residential apartments.
When will redevelopment occur?
The safe and secure demolition of the existing building at 62 Bayview Parkway was required to make way for future community housing. Once demolition works are fully complete, the site will be restored, including seeding of grass, closing the parking lot and installing a wood fence.
Redevelopment of new housing is contingent on funding sources and development approval from the Town of Newmarket.
For 2022 to 2023, the focus will be concept development, retaining an architect, preparing planning applications and seeking funding. Redevelopment is contingent on funding sources and development approval from the Town of Newmarket. Construction is anticipated to start in late 2024 at the earliest.
Why was this site chosen?
York Regional Council is committed to building complete communities with a full range of housing options and services to support residents at all ages and stages of their lives. For many, finding affordable housing in York Region is challenging and there are limited options for people to find supportive, safe and suitable housing.
Redeveloping 62 Bayview Parkway for affordable housing ensures the site continues to provide public services for many years to come while offering a unique opportunity to commemorate its history as the Region’s first headquarters. In addition, the site is well serviced by public transportation, including GO Transit, and is close to shops, restaurants, services and park space
Why was the existing building at 62 Bayview Parkway demolished?
The building at 62 Bayview Parkway was constructed in the 1950s and did not meet current accessibility or environmental sustainability standards. The building was vacant and required extensive renovations to upgrade it to modern standards. Rehabilitating the existing building to convert it to modern affordable housing would create significant financial barriers and reduce the land’s efficiency. After careful consideration and to support new housing opportunities, York Region undertook the safe and secure demolition of the building.
Is access to local trails being maintained?
York Region recognizes the importance of access to green space and forest trails. The Tom Taylor Trail/Nokiidaa bike trail pass behind the property at 62 Bayview Parkway. Work occurring at the site will not impact existing trails and residents can continue to access these trails.
York Region recommends using one of the safe and accessible trail entry points located close by at George Richardson Park. For more information about local trails and the best entry points, visit the Town of Newmarket website.
How is York Region working to protect the natural environment near the property and ensure sustainability?
Protecting the natural environment is a priority during all York Region construction projects. The proposed redevelopment is intended to be maintained on the portion of the property that is already developed and would not extend into the bordering Mabel Davis Conservation Area. An environmental impact study will be undertaken to identify opportunities to mitigate impacts on the surrounding area, including the bird sanctuary. To protect the natural area during the demolition and construction phases, all activity will take place within a fenced area. Regular inspections will take place to ensure the fencing is maintained.
York Region will continue to work with our partners at the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority throughout this project.
How will this project be funded?
York Region is committed to increasing the supply of affordable rental housing. Investments from provincial and federal government will be needed to help fund this new development.
What is the planning approval process for this redevelopment?
Like any development, the proposed affordable housing redevelopment at 62 Bayview Parkway still has to go through municipal approvals and rezoning from the Town of Newmarket, to allow for development. Features such as building design, site access, servicing, waste, parking, landscaping, and sustainability are reviewed by the Town of Newmarket as part of the Site Control Plan to ensure the development will be functional, attractive and compatible with the surrounding area.
The proposed redevelopment will need to conform to several policy and design documents, such as the Town of Newmarket’s Urban Design Guidelines, to ensure it is well designed and respectful of its surrounding area.
Does the provision of affordable housing align with the public legacy of the property?
The property was gifted to York County by Mable Davis in 1954 with the intent that it always be used for public purposes in memory of her father, The Honourable Elihu James Davis, formerly Minister of Crown Lands in the Province of Ontario and Warden of the County of York and his wife, Margaret Johnston Davis.
Housing is the foundation of strong, caring, safe communities and is a key social determinant of health. The Region is satisfied that the construction of safe, secure and affordable housing to be by the Region’s wholly owned municipal corporation, Housing York Inc., satisfies the public intentions of the donor.
HYI has an important role in creating complete communities and connected neighbourhoods. The future redevelopment at 62 Bayview Parkway will also present an opportunity to explore options for broader community use.
Who will be engaged as part of the redevelopment?
Community consultation and engagement will be critical to refining the redevelopment plans. York Region has developed a robust community consultation and engagement plan to support the future affordable housing development at 62 Bayview Parkway. This plan will seek to engage diverse groups which may include nearby neighbours, local business owners, community agencies and special interest groups. By working with the Town and our neighbours throughout the planning and design process, we can address community considerations and build an inclusive community where everyone has a place to call home.
How long will development take?
The new development will take approximately four years to complete and is subject to municipal planning approvals and federal and/or provincial funding assistance. This timeline allows for comprehensive planning, design and tendering processes, and an anticipated two-year construction phase.
Presentations and Resources
- Public Information Centre #2 Presentation – June 22, 2021
- Public Information Centre #2 Live Polling Results, Promotions
- Public Information Centre #1 Presentation – September 23, 2021
- Community Liaison Committee Meeting #2 Presentation – June 9, 2022
- Community Liaison Committee Meeting #1 Presentation – March 10, 2022
- Town of Newmarket Committee of the Whole Presentation – October 25, 2021
- Community Housing Information Guide
- Frequently Asked Community Questions
- CLC Terms of Reference