Plans to construct a "mini Las Vegas" in Pickering, Ontario are now underway. According to a report by Retail Insider, the massive entertainment complex will feature a concert venue, hotels, a casino, a movie studio, a convention centre alongside hundreds of thousands of feet of new retail space. Durham Live in Pickering, Ontario hopes to rival Toronto's Yonge Street as a place for both quality entertainment and tourism. Durham Live hopes to solidify itself as one of the province's top spots for fun.
“Durham Live is a 240-acre entertainment destination. A tourist destination in Pickering,” detailed managing partner for Pickering Developments Steve Apostolopoulos to Retail Insider. “There’s going to be a tremendous amount of restaurants. There’s also going to be entertainment offerings which could span from kids entertainment all the way through to entertainment for adults."
Below are some of the latest photo renderings of the new complex:
“When we first bought the land (about 2011 and 2012) it was the only large swath of land the closest to the city of Toronto. So we saw a great opportunity being on the highway. The location was just really good,” continued Apostolopoulos. “And the area demographics in the Durham Region is tremendous. The average household income is about $120,000. The density of homes is really good. So the market analysis shows that it was a really good area for development."
According to the City Of Pickering, Durham Live will create roughly 10,000 new jobs with the construction of the casino, creating an estimated 1,700 new gaming and non-gaming staff at full-time rates.
The Ministry of Transportation has also reassured residents that the government will put forth efforts to ensure that the new project does not disrupt traffic in the area. Intersection improvements, road widening and a new crossing installed on Highway 401 are just a few of the ideas being floated around.
The construction of Durham Live will be carried out in phases with the first phase - including the casino, hotels and concert venue - expected to be completed by 2020. The second phase, which will feature additional hotels, restaurants, and even a film studio, will begin its construction sometime in 2020 following the completion of phase one.