A BLUE SKY BACKDROPS ANOTHER CONDO BUILDING SITE – BLOOR STREET EAST @ PARLIAMENT

 Rising from behind the fence will be TRIDEL’S VIA BLOOR 46 and 38-storey condominium towers at Parliament and Bloor Street East. There will be 623 square-meters of public space when the project is finished. Occupancy – February/2021.

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NOW A PARKING LOT – SOON TO BE A 46-STOREY, ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY TOWER, 160 FRONT ST. W.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, CHICAGO-based, has unveiled plans for the latest in a string of towers proposed for TORONTO.

The 160 Front Street skyscraper is designed to withstand the strong winds and snowstorms experienced in this city, where cold air masses meet the warmer water in Lake Ontario.

“The building’s form was sculpted in response to extensive environmental analysis,” said a statement from AS+GG. It’s “tailored for business”, and incorporates 1.2 million square feet (111,483 square metres) of leasable office space.

Occupants will have access to a green roof, and several other “inlets” up the sides of the structure. A six-storey masonry heritage building next door will be integrated into the tower. 160 Front Street is slated to commence construction in 2019.

The firm’s founders are behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – and its apparent successor: the Jeddah Tower now under construction in Saudi Arabia.

<Images are by Adrian Smith Gordon + Gill Architecture.>

RYERSON’S CITY BUILDING INSTITUTE LOOKS AT TORONTO STREETS AND FINDS SOME GREAT ONES

What makes a street a great one? The Institute’s report says “they all play a key role in making the surrounding neighborhood a great place to live, work and visit.”

The Five Great TORONTO Streets considered all have visionary street redesigns from the last decade and they work. They support the city’s VISION ZERO plan (making streets safe for bicycles, cars and pedestrians) and their design could potentially save lives.

<MARKET STREET – for people and patios>

<QUEENS QUAY WEST – a street for all uses>

<ST. CLAIR AVENUE WEST – a streetcar neighbourhood>

<RONCESVALLES AVENUE – place-making at its best>

<HARBORD STREET – bike lanes for safer mobility and village improvement>

<PHOTO COLLAGE – Star Metro Toronto, July/2018>

Ryerson identifies Bloor, King, downtown Yonge, and The Golden Mile as ones to watch in the future. Current pilots and projects could make a dramatic impact on all of them.

For more information on the Ryerson Building Institute go to https://www.citybuildinginstitute.ca/2018/07/18/torontos-great-streets/?mc_cid=524f9b8de0&mc_eid=36a8285488

IN CASE YOU HADN’T NOTICED, A RACE IS ON FOR THE TALLEST SKYSCRAPER IN TOWN

TORONTO is a construction site. For the last 5-10 years this city has been growing up, up and up – and shows no signs of stopping.

Case in point – the Pinnacle One Yonge site, formerly the home of the Toronto Star, is planning three massive towers not far from the waterfront.
The project – Phase One’s 65-storey tower. Phase Two – 95-storeys, and Phase 3 – 80-storeys. Phase One has been approved in principle.

Almost 2,000 residential units (including 120 affordable rental housing units) are proposed for phases 2 and 3, as well as 852 parking spaces and 2,228 bike parking spots.

Meanwhile, DAVID MIRVISH and architect FRANK GHERY are working on two towers & a contemporary art museum in the King West and Duncan Street area (92-storeys and 82-storeys).

And architect NORMAN FOSTER has his name on The One, developed by MIZRAHI DEVELOPMENTS at Bloor and Yonge (85-storeys). It will even have an exclusive postal code.

<PHOTO ABOVE – The One under construction at Bloor West and Yonge>

YONGE & ST. CLAIR AWAKENS – WITH CHICAGO-BASED STUDIO GANG’S PROPOSED NEW TOWER

St. Clair @ Yonge is a wealthy neighborhood in the heart of downtown, which over the years has lost its reason for being. Three beautiful cinemas were demolished, restaurants (including Fran’s) & shops have disappeared, and the usual chain stores have moved in. Help is on the way.

Chicago’s Studio Gang has unveiled its first project in Canada at the southwest corner of Yonge and Delisle. It’s unlike anything else in the city, rising 48-storeys, with elongated hexagonal modules pieced together in a honeycomb pattern.

<RENDERINGS ABOVE One Delisle & Yonge Street facade, Slate Asset Management>

Slate Developments owns a total of ten properties around Yonge and St. Clair, including structures on all four corners. Slate’s  comprehensive vision for this city-centre neighbourhood got the attention of Studio Gang.

<RENDERING ABOVE – looking south from Delisle – Slate Asset Management>

“We were attracted to the project because of the fact that Slate owned a number of properties around here,” JEANNE GANG explained, “so it wasn’t just one project. We could actually think outside of those boundaries.” – UrbanToronto.ca

BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK HEADLINE – “TORONTO MAKES NEW YORK LOOK CHEAP”. WHAAAT?

According to BLOOMBERG, TORONTO is the world’s fifth most unaffordable housing market relative to income.

“There are a handful of cities that make New York housing look cheap by comparison. Among them: Hong Kong, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Sydney and TORONTO. Home prices in Canada’s biggest metropolis have soared almost 60% in the last five years and are up another 3% already this year.”

TORONTO’s residential property market ranks as the fifth most unaffordable relative to income, according to consultant DEMOGRAPHIA.

TORONTO’S NEW FINANCIAL HUB, IS RAPIDLY GROWING SOUTH OF UNION STATION

SOUTHCORE, a neighbourhood that didn’t exist until a few years ago, has become a rival to long-established Bay Street. For urban explorers it’s a fun place to visit, sandwiched between the railway tracks and the many attractions of Harbourfront and the Island.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, conveniently a short cab ride away, connects several times a day with most financial hubs in both the United States and Canada.

<Future CIBC skyscrapers>