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Old July 20th, 2009, 07:24 PM   #581
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Old August 25th, 2009, 12:07 PM   #583
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Old September 11th, 2009, 12:20 PM   #584
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Hill with no name a 'big deal'
New park set to open in condo complex

9 September 2009
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Toronto has a new hill. And in a city that is largely flat, this alone is cause for celebration.

Concord Adex, developer of the city's biggest condo project -- the 20-building CityPlace, west of the Rogers Centre -- built the hill from the clay it excavated for the underground parking garages of its towers. The hill is so high it allows you to look down on the elevated Gardiner Expressway, which drones to its south.

The Vancouver-based developer then hired Vancouver writer and artist Douglas Coupland to shape the hill into a four-hectare park, which Mayor David Miller will open today.

In accepting the commission, Mr. Coupland promised us the city's best toboggan run, an idea that did not make the journey from his fertile imagination to the actual park.

I scouted the park yesterday with a Gen-Xing tobogganist's eye; the west face has possibilities, though you may take out some bushes on the way down and end up in the middle of Dan Leckie Way.

At the park's circumference, on a path suitable for bikes or joggers, Mr. Coupland has placed small billboards on white steel standards featuring colour photographs from his coffee-table book about our national hero Terry Fox: his filthy sock with the shredded heel; his grey shorts; a notepad entry from his run ( "Toronto to Oakville, 37k, Oakville-Burlington 18K, through Hamilton 22 K short route." With all the distances added up, Toronto-North Bay comes to 697 kilometres).

Yesterday as I walked around, guys with leaf-blowers and high-pressure hoses were desperately trying to clean the place up for the opening.

The park features hundreds of saplings: beech, oak, birch, maple and spruce. I hope it rains soon. Many look parched.

There are also more whimsical flourishes: In one spot Mr. Coupland has stuck 16 cartoonish, huge replicas of fishing net floats, in orange, green, yellow, light blue and cream, which cluster like small rockets on a concrete launch pad, near a replica of a beaver dam in white sticks, from which flows a fountain of water.

Throughout, the simple backless benches, made of steel with tropical hardwood seating, are lovely and comfortable.

Nearby is a sports field, about big enough for two soccer games, on a field of astroturf.

At the hill's summit, meanwhile, Mr. Coupland has placed a red plastic canoe as long as a TTC bus -- an arresting sight from the Gardiner and, amid all the trappings of West Coast culture, a welcome bit of Central Canadiana.

But the true triumph of this park is in how it connects the new development to the waterfront at Lake Ontario.

I chatted with Kelly Fallis, a Web developer who lives on the 32nd floor of a CityPlace tower on Spadina Avenue, as she walked her Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso cross, Bleeker, near the fence that still surrounded the park.

"I think it's great," she said. "It has easy access to the lake. Right now it is a logistical nightmare, with all the traffic getting on the Gardiner, to cross Spadina to Queens Quay. You throw your hands up. It's not entirely safe."

Leaving her, I did try to cross Lake Shore Boulevard West from Spadina. Our city fathers have provided no crosswalk or pedestrian light; it's terrifying.

Then I checked out Dan Leckie Way, where wide walkways and sidewalks invite the crossing under the Gardiner. Just steps away glistens the lake.

"The waterfront is so under-utilized," Ms. Fallis said. "This is a big deal. It's pretty spectacular."

Now all the park needs is a name.
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Old September 18th, 2009, 04:34 AM   #585
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Old September 18th, 2009, 04:46 AM   #586
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I'm planning on going back to the GTA in the coming months and I will be checking this place out for sure! Way to go Toronto!
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Old November 4th, 2009, 07:54 PM   #587
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It takes a condo to make a village
12 September 2009
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Sometimes you don't have to go very far to find a good story. About five minutes walk from the headquarters of The Globe and Mail at Front and Spadina stands Concord CityPlace, a thicket of high-rise condominiums that will eventually house up to 14,000 people. Year after year I have watched it rise from The Globe's rooftop deck, one sleek tower after another, and as it has grown, my feelings about it have changed.

At first, I thought: Who on earth would want to live there? CityPlace is going up on the old railway lands, a huge tract at the bottom of downtown that stood fallow for years as the city and developers wrangled about what to do with it and scheme after scheme fell apart. For a long time, it was home to a downtown golf course with a towering net to catch golf balls, a sad symbol of a wasted opportunity. It seemed an unlikely place to make a home, with few amenities and no sense of neighbourhood. As Gertrude Stein said of Oakland, there was “no there there.”

But as the towers rose, it became clear that something cool was happening. The buildings, unexpectedly, are quite beautiful, sleek medleys of glass and steel in a variety of shapes and styles. When you go closer, you find the beginnings of a real neighbourhood, with a supermarket, people walking their miniature condo dogs, couples pushing baby strollers and – officially opened this week – a creative new park designed by Vancouver writer and artist Douglas Coupland. Schools, daycares and public housing are to follow, along with a new library and community centre. There is a there there after all.

It goes to show that properly planned and designed projects need not be islands unto themselves. They can attract shops, restaurants and other facilities and weave themselves into the urban fabric.

There is a bigger lesson, too: Density works. The waterfront condo boom is a boon to the whole city. It is attracting more and more people to downtown living, reducing urban sprawl, helping the environment, making good public transit more efficient, generating millions in tax revenue for the city and producing the best high-rise architecture since the rush of office-tower construction in the core decades ago.

The CityPlace phenomenon is being replicated all across the western waterfront with high-end condo developments such as Malibu at Harbourfront, Tip Top Lofts and ICE. Developer Alan Vihant reckons that between 100,000 and 120,000 people will live in new housing along the waterfront once all the new projects are done, more than the population of Peterborough.

These projects are doing what decades of stalled waterfront renewal has failed to accomplish: Connect the city to lake. The people who live in all those towers can walk to the lake as easily as they can stroll northbound to the theatre district. Eighty per cent of the residents of CityPlace do not drive a car to work.

Even more remarkable, they are thriving on the waterfront despite the Gardiner Expressway. Gardiner haters want to spend billions to tear the elevated highway down, but thousands of condo dwellers are living within spitting distance of the Gardiner without much fuss. Mr. Coupland has even put a giant red canoe in his park, perched on a sloping bluff that overlooks the highway. He imagines people sitting in the land-bound canoe and waving at people sitting in their traffic-bound cars.

Urban planners have fantasized for years about a revitalized downtown with greater density and more urban buzz. They tried to spur it with schemes such as main-streets intensification, designed to line streets with bigger buildings. Nothing much happened.

The change came through a commercial phenomenon: the condo boom. Mr. Vihant says that Toronto is the top condo market in North America and one of the top five in the world. Condos have sprouted not just along the waterfront but in midtown (along Bay Street near College, for example), North Toronto (Eglinton and Bayview) and the eastern downtown (King Street East and environs).

A whole new neighbourhood, Liberty Village, is rising in the west end, and condo builders are focusing now on trendy West Queen West. In the northeast, meanwhile, Mr. Vihant's Concord Adex Inc. (he is vice-president of development) is planning to build another big project, Concord Park Place, near Sheppard and Leslie.

Critics call it the “condofication” of Toronto. They complain that condo clusters threaten traditional neighbourhoods and clog the arteries of an overcrowded city.

In fact, clusters like the one rising on the waterfront are simply a different kind of neighbourhood, busy, dense, vibrant and distinctly urban. In places like North Toronto, strips of condos on main streets exist happily next to quiet, leafy 'hoods of detached houses, no harm done. In places like the waterfront, they reclaim waste land and bring it to life.

Looking at those towers from the deck of The Globe, I no longer wonder why anyone would want to live there. Instead I wonder how neat it would be to live there.
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Old November 10th, 2009, 07:41 AM   #588
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It would be nice to have a thin market district,similar to Dovercourt Village,but a smaller version and intergrated with the condos and such ah who am I kidding I am 14 years of age.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 08:51 AM   #589
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I love the shiny sunset pictures!

From Front St. The construction elevator labels end at 30, so following the ridiculous skipping of 4s and counting up they are forming the walls for the 37th nominal floor.
If you look closely, there is a subtle change in the balcony and floorplate patterns in the top three or four floors on the west (right) side. Perhaps this is the space for the bridge?

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Parade taking its rightful place in the Cityplace skyline, from Ireland Park. Just wait till the second tower and bridge are built. The Ritz and RBC also visible at the far right. To all those grumpy Torontonians who keep whining about too many condos and tall buildings, I say "screw you" and "have you considered moving to a small town?"
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Old November 12th, 2009, 07:21 PM   #590
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Permits suggest rebound
6 November 2009
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Dennis Au-Yeung started sales of the 90 available units at his mid-rise downtown Toronto condominium promptly at noon on Thursday. In a few hours he had sold out.

To meet the demand of buyers and agents who had lined up for the first day showing, the developer ended up releasing another 10 units from his Concord Cityplace project.

"We only had so many units to go around so, unfortunately, we had a lot of disappointed customers. I wish we had more," said Au-Yeung, the vice-president of finance and CFO of Concord Pacific Group, one of the largest condo developers in Canada.

The story is familiar for high-rise developers, showcasing a remarkable turnaround in fortunes from a winter where few consumers were interested in buying homes on the ground - much less in the sky.

"We were all ready to hunker down and prepare for the worst at the start of the year," said Jim Ritchie, senior vice-president of condo builder Tridel Corp. "But the market changed rapidly."

In October, Tridel sold 400 condominiums alone, a stellar month for the developer. That same month, Au-Yeung sold a penthouse condo that was just above 3,000 square feet at his Luna site for $2 million.

Building permit numbers released Thursday by Statistics Canada reflect the new found optimism of high-rise developers.

While the overall value of permits in the Toronto area fell by 9.3 per cent in September over August, the bulk of the decline was in the non-residential sector, which includes industrial, commercial and institutional building.

Developers took out $721.6 million worth of permits, compared to $796 million according to the federal agency.

The big gain was in the residential multiple unit component, which includes condominium building. It was up 19.5 per cent from the month before.

There were more new condo sales in the third quarter than the first two quarters combined, according to research firm Urbanation Inc.

Developers such as Au-Yeung and Ritchie have had to fast-track projects as a result.

"We are noticing that investors are returning because the interest is very low in the bank and even though the stock market is more liquid, it is still very volatile," said Au-Yeung. "There is also the fear of inflation. They are hoping that property prices will go up as the money gets devalued."

And in March, condos similar to the Parade 2 project would have sold for $480 per square foot. On Thursday, they were going for an average of $550 per square foot.

Year-to-date building permits are down by 27.5 per cent compared to the first nine months of 2008.

While Toronto-area construction intentions declined, Canada-wide permits increased 1.6 per cent to $5.1 billion.

This is the second consecutive monthly increase in Canada, most of that from strength in the residential sector.

The overall value of residential permits increased 9.4 per cent to $3.2 billion.

The value of permits increased in seven provinces, with Alberta, (up 13.8 per cent), Quebec (up 10.7 per cent), and Ontario (up 5.7 per cent) showing the most significant gains.
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So, when can we expect Signature to be announced?
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wow thats going to take a lot work to build those buildings
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Gorgeous building! That CN Tower is just butt ugly though. But apparently that's sacrilegious to say in Canada so i'll just say it. It's a pretty ugly design but it has the height i suppose. Either way, the rest of the skyline is gorgeous!
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