Posts Tagged ‘condos’
In December 2013, I took a walk west from Spadina into the new neighbourhood of CityPlace. This neighbourhood–bordered, as Wikipedia notes, by Bathurst Street to the west, Lake Shore Boulevard to the south, and Front Street to the north and Blue Jays Way and the Rogers Centre to the east–is the veritable heartland of Toronto’s condos.
Built on the old Railway Lands west of Union Station used by the old Canadian National railway for storage and repairs, since the 1960s the area has been slowly built up. The CN Tower’s construction occurred in the first phase of the Railway Lands’ redevelopment. In the past decade, condo construction in CityPlace west of Spadina has boomed. Metro Toronto’s Matt Elliott noted in 2012 that the electoral riding of Trinity-Spadina which includes CityPlace has one of the fastest-growing populations of any riding in Ontario, and the largest of any in Toronto. The Grid‘s Edward Keenan wondered in 2011 if, in future years, as the buildings deteriorate and if street life and transit links don’t improve, CityPlace might become something of a ghetto.
For now, though, CityPlace is a dynamic neighbourhood with sky-reaching architecture. I’m a particular fan of the Puente de Luz pedestrian bridge spanning the still-used rail lines between Spadina and Bathurst (photos 6 through 8).
Facing south at Queen and Lisgar, a minor intersection east of Queen and Dufferin, and looking past the old Canada Post office slated to become a theatre centre, you can see a rising nest of condos that won’t be shown on Google Maps’ street view. They didn’t exist when Google last went through town.
The posts date from July of last year, but their issues remain relevant.
- The first describes an effort by residents of Kensington Market to crowdfund studies and activism opposing new condo and shopping developments in their area.
- The second, published after news of the eventual sale of the Honest Ed’s building, celebrates the aging megadiscount store’s history.
- The third takes a look at the Hotel Waverly, a hotel at Spadina and College that has served as something like Toronto’s version of New York City’s Chelsea Hotel.
I learned as early as June 2012 that , was set to close. I was quite surprised to learn that the bookstore will be replaced not by condos, but by a row of restaurants. blogTO‘s expression of surprise was understandable.
The iconic World’s Biggest Bookstore in downtown Toronto will become a row of four restaurants by fall of 2015, promises the developer which bought the property last year.
The new property owner, Lifetime Developments, is building a “new culinary mecca” at 20 Edward St.
No restaurants have been named as possibilities for the space, but the developer has offered “multi‐level patio opportunities, soaring ceiling heights, column free space, and common ‘back of house’ elements.”
The plans began when the closure of the World’s Biggest Bookstore was announced in November of last year. It will close in March.
The Dominion Building, located on the southwest corner of Queen and Richmond in downtown Charlottetown, was built in the 1950s to serve as a headquarters for federal government work on Prince Edward Island. This brutalist building never fit in well with the more small-scale and traditional downtown of Charlottetown, and when the federal government moved its offices out a few years ago I expected the building might be torn down. Instead, in 2007 the building was transferred to the Canada Lands Company, which in 2010 sold the building to condo developers.
The Charlottetown Guardian‘s Dave Stewart reported in March of 2012 that tenants were starting to move in then. A quick search suggests that there have been some complaints, discussion forums about high prices (high for Charlottetown, maybe) and comments in least one blog post complaining about building issues.
The apartment tower at 20 Prince Arthur is now fully visible through the new gab in the Bloor Street landscape west of Avenue Road.