Fans of badminton, baseball, boxing and the noble sport of bowling are waiting with baited breath for Toronto to host the 41 nations competing in the Pan Am Games.

As always, patience is a virtue, since they’ll be waiting until 2015. But just because the event is a long ways away, doesn’t mean people aren’t hard at work making preparations for the Games. In fact, we’ve just received word of a big new development in Pan Am Athletes’ Village project.

Infrastructure Ontario recently announced that Dundee Kilmer Development is the preferred proponent selected to design, build and finance the Athletes’ Village project located in the West Don Lands.

The Village will provide a place for athletes to kick back and rest while they’re in town for the Games. Following the Games, the Village area will be transformed into a mixed-use, inclusive and pedestrian friendly riverside community. It will include affordable housing for the West Don Lands, as outlined in Waterfront Toronto’s Precinct Plan.

Infrastructure Ontario and Waterfront Toronto will negotiate contract details with Dundee Kilmer and the project is expected to reach a commercial and financial close by Fall 2011.

A hearty congratulations are in order for Dundee Kilmer. Big congrats are also in order for Blaney McMurtry, our good law firm buddies, who frequently contribute guest posts to the blog. Blaney McMurtry are part of the legal team for the project, so this is great new for them too.

This project sounds all around awesome and has us more excited than ever for the Pan Am Games. We might even practice up and try to field our BuzzBuzz office field hockey team. Summer 2015… That gives us about three and a half years to hone our skills and should be plenty of time to perfect our scoops and drag flicks.

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