Malden Township, Ontario, Canada
272 acres, 110 hectares
Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Programming, Urban Planning and Design
With a history as a summer getaway dating back to the late 1800s, Bob-Lo Island offered tremendous promise as a contemporary resort community. The developer retained SmithGroupJJR to master plan the 272-acre island, challenging the team to deliver the authentic character and feel of a summer resort.
Winner of Canada's highest real estate development award, the plan makes the most of this one-of-a-kind island setting. Residential and recreational developments take on an organic, natural feel, following the lines of the Detroit River and the contours of the island. The island's center is a car-free commercial zone with shops, restaurants and a historic dance hall designed by noted architect Albert Kahn, which was preserved in the master plan.
Most importantly, the master plan takes full advantage of Bob-Lo's water-based recreational opportunities while advancing ecological restoration. In addition to a 120-slip marina and other amenities lining the eastern shore, the plan creates sturgeon habitat for study by both U.S. and Canadian organizations.
Bob-Lo Island Wins Top Canadian Development Award
Grand SAM award recognizes Bob-Lo as Canada's Development of the Year