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[URBAN NOTE] “Galleria Mall on Dupont sold to condo developer”

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blogTO’s Amy Grief reports on what may be the end of the Galleria Mall.

[T]here are reports that Freed Developments has purchased the Galleria Mall, a lagging mall in desperate need of refurbishment.

A representative from Galleria confirmed that as of August 14, the building’s new owner is 2470347 Ontario Inc. with Avison Young Property Advisors and Managers Inc. as the property manager. As of present, Freed Developments has yet to comment.

Instead of getting a makeover, the mall could get a complete overhaul, and a new life, as some sort of mixed use condo tower likely thanks to one of the most fashionable developers in the city.

This wouldn’t be Freed’s first foray onto Dupont. The company has already acquired land west of Spadina and has submitted a rezoning proposal with plans to construct two high-rise condo towers at 328 Dupont with a total 560 residential units.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm

[URBAN NOTE] On gentrification on Dupont and my place in Toronto

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On the 6th of this month, blogTO’s Amy Grief wondered if Dupont Street, notwithstanding its location by active rail tracks, might yet see a condo boom. The location is good, after all …

Dupont might be the street du jour with developers, restaurateurs and gallerists looking to build up what was once a predominantly industrial street. Construction of Fuse Condos is already well underway, which will soon bring 23 and 27 storey towers to Dupont and Lansdowne, but the portion of the street to the east could also see a major injection of density.

Might, however, is the key word. The idea of a large scale development on the north side of Dupont just west of Spadina has been floating around for at least eight years, but the Wynn Group was never able to get approval from the city.

That’s because the north side of Dupont from Kendal to Ossington runs directly in front of a busy Canadian Pacific Railway line. And, this stretch of land used to be zoned as as an employment area; meaning residential buildings weren’t permitted. Now, as noted in a CBC report, they’re allowed, but, according to the city, they must be set back 30 metres from the rail corridor and can be only mid-rise.

Still, the prospect of a large scale development here just won’t die.

I would go further and say it is likely to live.

Meanwhile, somewhat earlier on the 20th of July the Toronto Star noted that my neighbourhood specifically is starting to see an influx of art galleries. I live a minute east on Dupont from Cooper Cole gallery. Gentrification is beginning.

“Road to Ruin” is the name of the inaugural exhibition at Cooper Cole gallery’s brand-new space on Dupont and Dufferin Sts., though its proprietor, Simon Cole, intends the opposite effect.

After years on Dundas West, the gallerist pulled up stakes and relocated to an unlikely spot, chased by escalating rents and a growing priority on late-night food and drink ― especially drink ― in his former neighbourhood.

He’s not alone: In the past couple of months, four other galleries ― Erin Stump Projects, PM Gallery, Angell Gallery and Neubacher Shor ― have begun their resettlement to this improbable nexus, anchored by the world-weary Galleria shopping centre on the southwest corner, a McDonald’s and a string of car audio and appliance warehouses.

There is already an artists’ presence here, though, with clusters of studios strung from Dovercourt Rd. west to Dundas. This recent influx only makes it official, and visible.

It comes as no surprise. Art has always nudged at the city’s frontiers in a predictable pattern of forced migration: Art moves in, imbuing a worn-at-the-corners neighbourhood with an instant cache; new businesses follow, looking to capitalize on the sudden sheen, attracting new, more moneyed residents; rents go up; and art moves out.

Gentrification is good, certainly inasmuch as the only alternative seems to be decay or collapse of some kind. I like my neighbourhood–Dovercourt Park, or Dovercourt Village, or Dupont Street, or whatever you want to call it–and I want it to do well. The problem, the huge and significant problem, with this all is that if gentrification continues this will not be my Neighbourhood any more. Rents rise, opportunities for housing close off, and sooner or later I will be forced to move. (But where?)

A thriving neighbourhood is a good neighbourhood. I wish only that I could figure out some way to stay here.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 15, 2015 at 1:28 am

[URBAN NOTE] “Housing market risk ‘high’ in Toronto, Winnipeg and Regina, CMHC says”

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CBC News reports on the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s concern that some Canadian cities might be facing a real estate bubble.

Canada’s housing market is in no danger of a correction nationally, but that’s not the case in Toronto, Regina and Winnipeg where the CMHC says there’s a “high risk” of a slowdown.

In its quarterly house price analysis released Thursday, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says Toronto, Regina and Winnipeg are at “high risk” of a housing correction for a variety of factors.

The housing agency looks at market conditions in 15 major housing markets across the country. While most markets get a low or moderate risk in the CMHC’s eyes, the agency singled out Regina, Winnipeg and Toronto for being in a possible danger zone.

The reasons for concern are not the same in each city. In Toronto, the main concern is that “the rise in house prices has not been matched by growth in personal disposable incomes” the CMHC said, adding there is evidence of overbuilding in the market, with a historically high level of unsold units.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

[PHOTO] Towers of Roehampton Avenue, Toronto

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Towers #toronto #yongeandeglinton #condos #towers #roehamptonavenue

The rising towers of Toronto’s Roehampton Avenue rise to the east of Yonge and Eglinton.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 10, 2015 at 4:27 pm

[PHOTO] Looking shoreward

As I was returning last evening from the Toronto Islands ahead of the storm, I saw the skyline of the Toronto waterfront contrast nicely with the steel-blue stormclouds. Photos were necessary.

Shoreward, 1 #toronto #torontoislands #torontoharbour #ferry #condos

Shoreward, 2 #toronto #torontoharbour #ferry #condos #torontostar #westin

Shoreward, 3 #toronto #torontostar #torontoharbour #ferry #westin #condos

Written by Randy McDonald

August 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm

[PHOTO] Against the condo

Against the condo #toronto #graffiti #condos

Written by Randy McDonald

July 25, 2015 at 1:37 pm

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[PHOTO] Towers, from Yonge and Wellesley

Towers #toronto #condos #skyscraper #yongestreet #yongeandbloor

Written by Randy McDonald

July 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm


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