TORONTO IS CONSTRUCTING A NEW FLAT IRON BUILDING AS PART OF THE WEST END’S ‘GALLERIA’

The flatiron design by Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) will be one of three residential Galleria buildings at Dufferin and Dupont streets.TORONTO’s original flatiron is located in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and dates back to 1892.

The new flatiron building, at 31 storeys, features a red-brick two-storey podium for retail, and above that a fitness centre with a yoga and meditation room. On the 11th floor will be a lounge, and outside a pool and barbecues. Galleria III was designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, who selected this block because of its unique shape.

 

THE MANHATTAN APARTMENTS WILL SOON FRONT A 47-STOREY CONDO BLDG. AT 68 CHARLES ST. E.

A 47-storey high rise on northern Church Street could soon be in high demand. Its location has a Walk Score of 99 out of 100; a Transit Score of 96 out of 100; and it’s close to 5 major hospitals; shops, entertainment, parks, and the University of Toronto.The Manhattan will be retained in full and restored.  When passing by, I’ve always admired its classy facade.The heritage properties at 634 and 636 Church Street will be mostly retained, although the rear additions will be demolished.The Manhattan will soon have another big brother on Church Street.

NOT EXACTLY TWINS, BUT THEY’RE TALL – DAVID MIRVISH & FRANK GHERY’S COLOSSAL TOWERS

Two giant towers – one 91 and the other 81 storeys of mixed use, high-ceilinged structures – will occupy space near the Princess of Wales Theatre in the King Street West Entertainment District. The tallest one will over take the First Canadian (BMO)) tower, which until now has been #1 in the height sweepstakes. It’s on King West. at Bay.The Mirvish + Ghery project will occupy space on both sides of Duncan Street (aka Ed Mirvish Way), and their “canopies” will project out over the street. Toronto’s skyline will change with these two.

PHOTO #8 – NOV. 14/2020 – 1ST OF 4 BRIDGES HAS ARRIVED IN TORONTO FROM DARTMOUTH N.S.

The 57-metre-long bridge weighs 340 metric tonnes and traveled from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, through the St. Lawrence Seaway to Lake Ontario before reaching Toronto.City councillor Paula Fletcher said “What a beautiful, beautiful bridge it is. . . . It’s going to be transformational for our waterfront.” The journey took 8.5 days to pass by 1,250-nautical miles and four Canadian provinces. There’ll be three more bridges coming. Waterfront Toronto said in a media advisory on Nov. 6th that they’ll connect people to Villiers Island. A kilometre-long extension of the Don River through the Port Lands will make this possible. – <PHOTOS – Ontario Construction & Waterfront Toronto>

TODAY’S PHOTOS – #20 – NOV. 1/2020 – A LONG JOURNEY AHEAD FOR TORONTO’S 1-OF-4 NEW BRIDGES

<ABOVE – The first of four new bridges destined for TORONTO’s Port Lands from DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia. It will be the Cherry Street North bridge, after being shipped all the way up the St. Lawrence River, into Lake Ontario, and onward to the Port Lands, its final destination. Two new bridges will be installed on Cherry Street North; one at Cherry Street South; and the fourth on Commissioners Street.

RENTALS HAVE NOW TOPPED THE LISTINGS ACCORDING TO THE TORONTO REAL ESTATE BOARD

Rental listings in the city have more than doubled as Airbnb drops. The number of condos for rent has driven up the market numbers for units of all kinds and sizes. It’s nirvana for negotiators. Year-over-year rented condos increased by 30% – 14,036 new leases were signed, as opposed to 34,971 new condo rental listings.Rents for one-bedroom units have dropped more than 11% to $2,012 monthly, down from $2,262 in the summer of 2019. Rent prices for bachelors, two-bedroom and three-bedroom condos also fell. – Canadian Press, October 24/2020

‘THE ONE’ IS THE NAME, AND IT ’S OCCUPYING ONE OF THE BEST LOCATIONS IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO

‘THE ONE’ is a skyscraper under construction, which will turn out to be the tallest building in Canada.Designed by the U.K.’s Foster + Partners, with developer Sam Muzrahi, the building will rise 1,014 feet (85 storeys), and occupy a large piece of prime real estate.The total cost for the property is reputed to be about $1-billion, and as of September/2020 75% of the apartments have already been sold.The first 18 storeys will include restaurants, event spaces, two major retailers and a luxury Hyatt hotel under the Andaz brand. The retail portion is scheduled to open in 2020. The residential section will have a total of 416 units. Four penthouses will be included, along with four storeys of parking underground. The structure will connect with the Bloor-Yonge subway station and the underground walkway system – a smaller version of TORONTO’s PATH network.<ABOVE – a rendering of how this building will dominate the Bloor-Yonge intersection.>

F.Y.I. – TORONTO’S MOST COMMON BUMBLE BEE – THE RUSTY-PATCHED – HAS BECOME RARE

For Your Information – As recently as 30 years ago, the rusty-patched bumble bee was one of the most common in TORONTO. In the past 15 years, it has become exceedingly rare and is listed as endangered in Ontario and Canada. Suspected causes of the species’ decline include climate change, pesticide use, spread of disease and loss of habitat. The rusty-patched bumble bee was once an important pollinator of wildflowers. – Chris Darling, senior curator, Entomology, Royal Ontario Museum, TORONTO.

Photo: Susan Day/UW–Madison, Wisconsin Arboretum – Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee

IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING, BUT TORONTO’S ALEXANDRA PARK IS PUTTING ON A BRAND NEW FACE

After 20 years or more, REGENT PARK, <Photos Above> a massive redevelopment on the Downtown East Side is now a great success, thanks in large part to private developers, the city, the province and people who live there. On the Downtown West Side, ALEXANDRA PARK (foreground above) is now heading in the same direction. It will feature 1,540 market-price condominiums mixed in with a supply of rental-geared-to-income units. Several streets will be re-opened, eliminating dead-ends and dark nooks and crannies. This former hard scrabble neighbourhood will soon be transformed into one that’s safe and in demand. ALEXANDRA PARK, named after Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, occupies a large swath of prime downtown real estate, south of Kensington Market. It couldn’t be better placed to show off spectacular views, and it’s just around the corner from Spadina Avenue, Chinatown West, the streetcar network and the subway.There’ll be new public parks and retail outlets, just as there are now in Regent Park.  This will be another much-improved neighbourhood.  ONWARD & UPWARD!

F.Y.I. – ARRANGING FOR HOME REPAIR DURING THE PANDEMIC – FROM JEN TRIPP’S NEWSLETTER

1. Ask the repairman or technician before arrival if they’ll be wearing a face mask. Don’t assume this.
2. Ask in advance if they will keep their distance.
3. Ask if they’ve been screened for COVID-19 symptoms or been exposed to the virus.
4. Keep your distance when they’re working, and refrain from engaging in conversation.
5. Avoid hand shakes, wear a mask as long as the repairman is there; give them space to work.
6. Before the technician or repairman arrives, disinfect the work area.
7. Before arrival, disinfect areas they may touch – door knobs, bathrooms, and sink faucets.
8. Repeat #7 once the technician or repairman has left.“Life happens, even during a pandemic. The washing machine breaks, the sink leaks, the stove goes cold. For months, you’ve been limiting house guests. But this is different: You need a service technician. Having someone breach your safe space is not without risk, so it needs to be done carefully. Something else you can do: Open doors and windows. The fresh air may dilute any virus that might have hitched a ride with the service tech. Running a central A/C may also help. Herb Weisbaum, The Washington Post.>