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Old January 21st, 2012, 05:12 AM   #781
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Habitat’s low-cost condo concept gets traction
Published On Thu Feb 16 2012
Toronto Star

Toronto city councillors are intrigued by Habitat for Humanity’s proposal to help developers provide condominium units at reduced cost to needy families.

Under Section 37 of the Planning Act, developers can apply to the city to build more units than allowed in return for paying for community benefits such as upgrades to the local community centre or streetscaping.

Instead of making payments which can run in the $1 million to $2 million range, Habitat suggests, the developer could sell units to Habitat at lower cost, with the difference between the sale price and market value counting as the developer’s Section 37 contribution.

With 20,000 condo units going up in the city each year, the city could gain potentially hundreds of low-cost units, said Habitat chief executive Neil Hetherington.

“I think we need to support this,” Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18, Davenport) said after Hetherington’s presentation to council’s planning and growth management committee Thursday.

“We have an affordable housing crisis on our hands,” Bailão said. “The only way we’re going to be able to start addressing some of the needs is by partnering with and listening to non-profit organizations and our development industry.”

Hetherington gave the example of a couple with one child and income of $36,404, who would pay 30 per cent of their total income on the mortgage and condo fees.

Because the unit would be delivered fully finished, the client could meet Habitat’s requirement to complete 500 hours of “sweat equity” by working on ground-level Habitat homes, he said.

Habitat would hold a second mortgage on the condo to ensure it couldn’t be flipped for a quick profit, he added.

After expressing support for the idea, the planning and growth committee referred it to staff to consider making it a new policy in the city’s Official Plan, which is currently being revised.

“It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina), whose downtown ward includes the Entertainment District and other areas experiencing a condo boom.

“This could make it possible for low-income families to start living closer to work.”

While Hetherington said he hasn’t heard any negative comments from developers, he conceded it could take a while to revise the Official Plan to include a policy on low-cost condos.

“I don’t know the exact timing on that, but what I do know is there are too many families who need us now. So I want to make sure the winding road is more of a straight path.

“We’re kind of a bulldog on this.”
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Toronto’s Sutton Place Hotel to be converted into condos by Lanterra Development
Published On Wed Feb 08 2012
Toronto Star



It’s not often — not ever, really — that a condo developer gets to boast he’s not only snapped up one of the prime building sites in the city, but the piano bench graced by Liberace.

And don’t get Barry Fenton started on the bathtub where one of the world’s most beautiful women, Sophia Loren, soaked her worries away.

“I can’t keep it, unfortunately, but I saw it,” says the president and CEO of Lanterra Developments which yesterday announced it has bought Toronto’s landmark Sutton Place Hotel and will convert it into luxury condos.

Lanterra, perhaps best-known for its development of highrise condos and the boutique Hotel St. Germain in the once-barren Maple Leaf Square area, plans to resurface and renovate what used to be Toronto’s palace to Hollywood stars.

This is just the latest sign that Toronto’s film epicentre has now completely shifted south to King St.: Last month Cresford Development announced it’s converting the site of nearby Bistro 990, the beloved restaurant of the stars, into condos as well.

While plans are still being finalized, Lanterra hopes to add about nine storeys to the 33-storey Sutton Place, convert its 400 hotel rooms into up to 600 condo units and widen the footprint of the building at Bay and Wellesley Sts.

Where limos used to pull up and unload their precious cargo under the glare of cameras during what would become the Toronto International Film Festival, Lanterra plans to add restaurants and retail space while retaining many of the trademark — if dated — charms of the Sutton Place’s grand lobby.

Some 20 people who have rented suites in the hotel for years — one of them 102-years-old — will be relocated during construction and then returned after the work is done, said Fenton.

“Most times as developers we’re starting from scratch. It’s so exciting to find a project in the city, an iconic building, that you can help make even better,” said Fenton Wednesday.

“We like to be selective about our sites and you can’t get any better than this. It’s just yards from the downtown, from Yorkville and City Hall. And talk about being next to a park — you’re just a block away from Queen’s Park.

“If you were playing Monopoly, this would be like purchasing Boardwalk.”

Fenton, and Lanterra chairman Mark Mandelbaum are keenly aware, however, that this isn’t a game, but a key piece of Toronto and Hollywood history.

Which is why Fenton was fielding calls all day from friends and business associates grateful Lanterra plans to preserve the basics of the building that welcomed the likes of Michael Jackson, Robin Williams, and Loren to Hollywood North.

“We plan to keep a lot of the old theme, that British elegance from the ’70s, but add some modern elements to it,” says Fenton.

Lanterra is also considering adding a boutique hotel to the site, but is keenly aware that Toronto has seen a surge in five-star hotels — from the already opened Ritz-Carlton to the new Four Seasons slated to open later this year.

But as far as condos go, this is a rare find in the city, steps to the subway, shopping and the financial district.

The sales price won’t be disclosed until the deal finalizes in June, but Fenton ranked this No. 1 among the 10,000 condos Lanterra has built, from Liberty Village to its other Bay St. property Burano, slated to open later this year.

“Sutton Place is a very very famous complex. Even with all the rumblings that the market is slowing down — which I don’t believe — I think the market will welcome this project with open arms.”
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Old February 17th, 2012, 09:19 PM   #787
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GTA condo sales climb 24% to record in 2011
Toronto Star
By Susan Pigg | Mon Feb 06 2012

A record 28,190 condos were sold across the GTA last year, up 24 per cent from the previous high set in 2007, says condo research firm Urbanation.

While sales remained sky-high in the final quarter of 2011, at a record 7,226 units, the inventory of unsold suites has been creeping up. As of the end of last year, it stood at just under 15,000 units — about 18 per cent of existing condos — up from 12,272 in the first quarter of 2011, Urbanation notes in its second annual report on the state of the GTA condo industry.

That’s still below the five-year 21 per cent average for unsold suites.

“The more successful the condominium market is in Toronto, the more reports surface warning of oversupply or a correction in prices,” said Ben Myers, executive vice-president of the condo tracking company.

Myers points to speculative buying, over-leveraging and “herd behaviour” as three risk factors that are hard to assess but could lead to a correction in Toronto condo prices.

But he notes that so far there seems to have been very little “dumping” — or flipping — of units for a quick profit before move-in day, which suggests most purchasers are likely “long-term, hold-and-rent investors” who are boosting the much-needed supply of rental accommodation in the GTA.

Urbanation predicts the market will remain strong this year, although it will revert to more normal sales levels of 20,000 or so units.
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Toronto’s Pan Am Games on track for success
Published On Sat Feb 18 2012
Toronto Star

With three years to go until the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, the organizing committee (TO2015) is exactly where it needs to be to deliver the largest sporting event Canada has ever seen. Recent criticisms, including an article in the opinion pages of the Toronto Star, are misleading. But most important, they overlook what the Games will build for our province and our country: a lasting legacy of new community facilities, centres for athletic development and a new residential housing community that will attract the attention of the world, while serving local needs.

With an undertaking of this scale, it is natural for armchair quarterbacks to dissect the plays before the Games are done. As someone on the inside of the huddle, I want to share the facts:

Venue clustering: It is TO2015’s job to make smart decisions — including the recently announced concept of venue clustering — to achieve the maximum benefit for Ontarians while managing costs. This approach is the result of two years of planning and the application of Games best practices. TO2015 has been rigorous, fair and transparent in determining the final venue plan with its partners. It is a venue blueprint that will look different from the Bid Book. And this is a good thing. Clustering will maximize operational efficiency costs and reduce complexities, raise the profile of lesser-known sports and give spectators greater access to more events.

Fiscal responsibility: TO2015 has a plan to operate the Games within the budget of $1.4 billion supported by our business plan. This plan was submitted in July 2011 and has undergone rigorous analysis and review by our government partners and third-party evaluators.

The Games will be Ontario’s single largest economic stimulus over the next three years: 15,000 jobs will be created and important infrastructure projects have been fast-tracked. For example, the development of the West Don Lands was started 10 years before schedule to accommodate Pan Am athletes and coaches who will serve as the community’s first tenants.

Moreover, TO2015 has met with more than 20 local chambers of commerce across southern Ontario in the past 12 months to push the economic impact of this stimulus to small, medium and diverse businesses. We view a stronger business community as one of the important legacies of the Games.

Pan Am aquatics centre and field house: In contradiction to information appearing in Wednesday’s opinion piece, site preparation for the construction of the future Pan Am aquatics centre and field house (PAAC) continues on time and on budget. The site will be delivered to Infrastructure Ontario in spring 2012 as planned with the facility ready for test events in the summer of 2014. To be clear, any reports to the contrary are not accurate.

The project, undertaken by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto, will transform what was once a landfill site into a much-needed community recreation space for Scarborough. Work is being done in compliance with Ministry of the Environment approval, design and monitoring requirements. The work includes stripping of the soil cover, the removal of solid waste material, the removal and reconstruction of a methane gas barrier wall, the construction of methane gas monitoring stations and partial site backfill. These measures are designed to ensure methane will not migrate on to the PAAC site.

Merging Pan Am with Parapan Am events: Finally, merging the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games is not an option.

From an operations perspective, hosting these Games simultaneously would create far more complexities. It would require additional workforce, volunteers and transportation, and drive the need for significant additional high-cost housing.

Since the formation of TO2015 in the beginning of 2010, the organizing committee has been working with partners in all levels of government and national and international sports federations to ensure first-class venues, a superb experience for both athletes and spectators and the prudent management of public funds.

In the coming weeks, TO2015 will be able to share the blueprint of its venue plan. In the coming months, Canadians will start to see that construction is forging ahead.

The commitments made when we were awarded these Games in November 2009 will be realized. I, for one, am excited to see our promises fulfilled.

Roger Garland is the volunteer chair of the TO2015 board of directors.
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Jared Menkes is building strategically hip condominiums in Toronto
February 17, 2012
Toronto Star



Jared Menkes has a simple yet effective way of dreaming up the kinds of condos he’s going to develop. “I want to build projects that I’d want to live in,” says Menkes, 30, the director of development for Menkes Development Ltd.

The company’s latest project, Fabrik Condos — a 16-storey, 168-unit building to be built on Richmond St. W. just west of Spadina Ave. — is a case in point.

Menkes, a trendy guy who digs downtown living, didn’t need a focus group to tell him what would work at Fabrik; he just envisioned a project that would suit his needs and tastes, or those of someone like him.

“I have to be confident that my friends are going to want to live here,” he explains over coffee one cold slushy evening down the block from the project site at 431 Richmond.

Fabrik, designed by Ralph Giannone of Giannone Petricone Associates, is located in the heart of one of downtown’s new centres of gravity, at the junction where the Fashion and Entertainment Districts meet.

Units at Fabrik range in size from 424-square-foot studios to 1,388-square-foot three-bedroom suites. Prices start in the mid $200,000s. There will be a fully array of amenities, including a multi-purpose event room with catering kitchen, bar, lounge seating and walk-out to a terrace, and an adjacent dining room that can be closed off for separate functions.

The 11th floor terrace will have a double-sided gas fireplace, barbecues and a deck. With few buildings in the vicinity taller than Fabrik, the terrace will yield unobstructed downtown views. “It will be like the best club you can think of in the city,” says Menkes.

Fabrik will have a full gym with separate cardio and weight areas, as well as a screening room, guest suite, bike storage and a pet spa to keep furry ones fluffy. There is also space for a two-storey retailer at the base of the building. “The younger generation (of condo dwellers) is asking for the same things (in terms of amenities),” says Menkes. “And I think we’re providing that for them here.”

Jared Menkes represents the third generation of a family-run development empire that was founded half a century ago by his grandfather, Murray. (Jared’s father, Alan Menkes, runs the company’s high-rise residential division.)

Menkes Development’s home turf is North York, where the builder has built 21 condos over the years. “My grandfather and father and uncles believed in Mel Lastman’s dream,” Jared says.

In recent years, however, the company has begun to focus more on developing downtown projects — such as Pears on the Avenue and Lumiere at College and Bay Sts. — with Jared Menkes overseeing the operations.

In addition to Fabrik, Menkes is developing sites at Church and Carlton Sts. and at 90 Harbour St. “We’re continuing to buy more, which I’m definitely pushing to do,” Menkes says. “It’s going to be a busy year.”

Fabrik’s suites, also designed by Giannone Petricone, will have nine-foot ceilings and full-height windows. There will be laminate flooring in the main rooms.

Kitchens come with two-tone cabinetry, quartz countertops and an appliance package that includes an EnergyStar fridge and dishwasher. Bathrooms will have porcelain tile flooring and marble countertops.

Fabrik will have a 10-storey pre-cast concrete base, a nod to the old industrial loft buildings that still populate the area. This precast will be given a polka-dot pattern to make it look like fabric wrapping around the base of the building. On top of Fabrik’s dark concrete base will sit a six-storey glass box that will look out over what Giannone describes as the “carpet of the city” below.

Further playing up the fabric theme, vertical mullions will run up and down the glass box, resembling pinstripes, and several bands of magenta will be threaded through the building’s facade. “We thought it would be nice to introduce a little more colour to the landscape of buildings in the area,” Giannone explains. “We were interested in creating something that’s time-tested and will age well. This will be subtle and elegant.”

When Giannone was informed he’d been chosen to design Fabrik, he was overjoyed. “I feel we know the neighbourhood really well,” he says, noting that his firm’s studio is located on Wellington St. W. and that he lived at Queen and Spadina for a number of years.

Fabrik’s site, on the south side of Richmond west of Spadina, is “a bit of diamond in the rough,” Giannone says. “That part of the street has a little bit of edginess to it and I think it was just waiting for something to happen.”

Now Menkes is making that something happen, and he’s confident he’s found the right spot. “This area is going to be the coolest area in Toronto,” he says. “Like SoHo in New York — it’s really developing into that. You have office space, residential and retail — it’s a great mix. This is where people are going to want to live.”

Including his buddies. “My friend lives across the street (from where Fabrik will be built),” Menkes says. “He said he’s moving in.”

A feel for Fabrik

Location: 431 Richmond St. W.

Developer: Menkes Development Ltd., www.menkes.com

Architect/interior design: Giannone Petricone Associates, www.gpaia.com

Size: 16 storeys

Units: 168, 424-sq.-ft. to 1,388-sq-ft.

Prices: From the mid $200,000s

Sales centre: 770 Bay St. Hours: Monday to Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday: Closed. Saturday, Sunday and holidays: noon to 5 p.m.
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Neighbours fear demolition of historic Wesley Mimico United Church
Published On Sun Feb 19 2012
Toronto Star



Wesley Mimico United Church wants to demolish its historic church and replace it with a 7-storey affordable seniors apartment building. Concerned community members are keen to try to save it.

They came out to fight the conversion of a historic church into a condominium building.

But concerned community members who spoke against demolition of the Wesley Mimico United Church at the annual general meeting Sunday morning were met with a conciliatory stance from the congregation.

“I hope we can go forward not arm in arm necessarily, but certainly eye to eye … in the process of figuring out what it is it that we will become as Wesley Mimico United Church,” said interim minister Harry Oussoren.

The future is unclear for the small congregation of around 50 people. The foundation of the church is leaking, the pipes are old and the bills are just too high. It costs nearly $40,000 a year just to maintain the building, said Oussoren.

“The building is close to 100 years old and it’s tired. It’s a joy to take care of it, but it’s unlikely we can maintain it,” said Larry McPhail, a church member who helps with the upkeep of the church.

Which is why nearly four years ago, the church formed the Faith and Hope Team to explore the redevelopment of the church site into a space that could be multi-purpose and could possibly help the church pay the bills. The group decided to look into a plan that would include a church, community space and affordable housing. They reached out to local community members to discuss the plans.

“We have no idea about what is going to come, but development in some capacity is going to happen,” said Robin McPhail-Dempsey, who is part of the Faith and Hope Team. “The work needed to keep the building is very significant, but unfortunately our pockets are not that deep.”

Area residents say the only plan they have heard about is one that includes a plan to tear down the church and build a seven-storey affordable housing building for seniors — while maintaining a few of building’s heritage properties such as the bell tower.

“I was at a community meeting where they presented a seven-story building that would dwarf the bell tower — that was their first plan,” said Luke Hutton, an area resident, who wants to see the building retained and refurbished. “But we feel that there are many creative options out there that haven’t been explored that could allow them to keep the building and do their good work.”

“We want them to maintain the full exterior of the building and we want them to build something that is in context with the neighbourhood,” said Kyle Gojic, a local resident. “We want to maintain the history of our community.”

The building is listed on the city of Toronto’s heritage websites, but it is not yet designated a heritage property.

Margaret Hansen, a longtime member of the church, says congregants would love to save the building too, but it’s just a “wish.” She says plans for redevelopment “really hurt, but are necessary. The building is really not in very good condition.”

Oussoren said the church will consider community input through the formation of an advisory committee before moving ahead. The next step is to bring more concrete recommendations to the congregation before the summer for consideration.
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Builder still on track for Distillery District condo/hotel development
Published On Wed Feb 22 2012
Toronto Star

A city design panel had no issues with the quality of the design, but questioned the "massing" of a 34-storey tower atop a six-storey rack house that would be converted into a boutique hotel. A city design panel had no issues with the quality of the design, but questioned the "massing" of a 34-storey tower atop a six-storey rack house that would be converted into a boutique hotel.

The developer behind a proposed 34-storey hotel/condominium project in the Distillery District still wants to proceed with the plan, despite the city’s concerns about its height and fit for the historic area.

“We haven’t been told it’s a no-go,’’ said David Jackson, one of four partners with Cityscape Development, co-owner of the Distillery with Dundee Realty. Jackson said that, though his team believes the design is appropriate, they’re open to exploring options.

The project, estimated to cost up to $130 million, would be the first hotel in the popular tourist area. A total of 88 hotel suites and 246 condo units are planned, and the developers hope to have the project completed by 2017.

A unique feature is that the condo tower would be stacked on top of a six-storey rack house at Mill and Trinity Sts., a heritage building dating to 1875. The rack house would be turned into a “boutique hotel.’’

But the city has asked the builders to make significant revisions to the scale of the project.

A preliminary city report notes the proposed height and density are a “significant departure’’ from what was outlined in the original Gooderham & Worts heritage master plan, and a secondary plan for the King and Parliament Sts. area, neither of which contemplated additions to the rack house at Mill and Trinity Sts.

The rack house, currently vacant, contains six floors of traditional racks used to house large barrels for aging whisky. Doing a hotel conversion would take a long time because the racks, which would have to be removed currently support the building, Jackson said.

Recently the city’s design review panel, which provides advice to Toronto’s chief planner, met to review the application and voted 5-3 to send it back for a redesign. The architect is Saucier & Perrotte Architects in Montreal.

Although the quality of design is not in question, the panel majority felt the “massing’’ — its overall size — was not appropriate in that location, given its potential impact on Trinity St. and the area’s heritage continuity. There were also concerns about the shadow cast by such a tall building.

Gregg Lintern, director of community planning for Toronto and East York district, said the proposal is back in the hands of the developers.

Jackson, of Cityscape, said his team isn’t “fixated” on 34 storeys and will soon turn attention to the height concerns.

There are other tall condo towers in the area, including a completed 32-storey building, and two others — 40 storeys and 37 storeys — that are under construction.

A final report on the application is set for sometime this summer.
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Massey Tower will ‘breathe new life’ into neglected site
2012/02/24 16:39:00
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For years, whenever developer Gary Switzer passed by the abandoned Bank of Commerce building at 197 Yonge St., he felt a deep sense of civic disappointment.

The heritage-listed building — designed by Darling & Pearson Architects and built in 1905 — has sat vacant since 1987, its insides essentially left to rot.

At the moment, the four-storey bank building is cut off from Yonge by a chain-link security fence — a depressing, derelict blight on one of Toronto’s premier avenues.

“As a Torontonian, as a citizen, developer and architect, I’d walk by the site all the time and think, ‘what’s going on?’ ” says Switzer, president of MOD Developments. “The whole city is booming and you’ve got this beautiful old building that’s been vacant for so many years.

“It’s the kind of site that gets my creative juices going in terms of what should happen there.”

In late January, MOD announced it had bought the site, which includes the adjacent property, once the location of the Colonial Tavern and is now a small park. It sits between the Bank of Commerce building and its sister structure to the north, the old Bank of Toronto building at 205 Yonge St.

(Built in 1905 and designed by E.J. Lennox — of Casa Loma and Old City Hall fame — the neo-classical Bank of Toronto building, complete with a dome and Corinthian columns, was home to the Toronto Historical Board until 1998. It’s owned by an Irish businessman but unoccupied.)

MOD plans to restore the Bank of Commerce building and incorporate it into a proposed mixed-use project that could include a 60-storey tower behind the bank with 650 condos and retail at street level. Switzer says he’s exploring the possibility of including office space in the base of the building.

A narrow portion of the site connects to Victoria St. and it will be donated to Massey Hall. The facility’s ownership said in a statement that it is exploring “multiple options to revitalize” the legendary concert venue.

To honour the Massey family — of Massey Harris and then Massey Ferguson fame — MOD will be naming the new building Massey Tower.

Demolition by neglect

Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, the 60-storey condo tower will use the restored Bank of Commerce as its front lobby. “You walk up the steps, under the columns, and that’s how you enter,” says Switzer, formerly the head of highrise residential construction for Great Gulf Homes.

The heritage building’s restoration and renovation will be overseen by Michael McClelland of ERA Architects Inc., who has quite a job ahead of him, Switzer notes.

“We’re responsible for dealing with 25 years of broken windows and leaky skylights. On the third floor you can bounce on the floors they’re so rotten. In the basement, the whole ceiling looks like it’s about to collapse.

“I feel like we’re rescuing this building,” he says. “You hear so much about demolition by neglect, and this whole building has been neglected. So something had to happen or who knows what the future would have held.”

Behind the bank building will be a parking block that will match the height of the neighbouring Heintzman Building, which abuts the site on its southern end. The top of this parking block will function as a rooftop terrace with a pool and other building amenities. The condo tower will rise from here.

The retail component of the project will be located on the property just to the north of the Bank of Commerce building, currently an uninspired park.

To house the retail, architect David Pontarini has designed a transparent glass box that will offer views of the Bank of Toronto building beside it. “The banks are the elements that stand out, with those beautiful classic stone facades,” notes Pontarini. “The base of the tower is pulled back far enough from both the north side of the lot and from 205 Yonge that the south facade of the bank will be opened up and visible.”

The donated leg of property that runs behind Massey Hall through to Victoria will likely be used to accommodate an expansion of the theatre’s infrastructure, Switzer says. “What’s really constrained them for years is that they don’t have any proper loading; right now they have to load all their shows from Shuter St. It’s kind of ridiculous. That has also restrained them from ever really renovating the concert hall.

Switzer says his new neighbours are thrilled that something is finally happening to the derelict site.

“(Massey Hall) has gone to heaven that finally they have a neighbour that they can work with and will help them achieve their dreams,” says Switzer. “And the general manager of the Elgin Theatre is thrilled the bank building won’t be empty anymore, that there will be more people living on the block who will hopefully come to his theatre.”

Theatre Block

The Bank of Commerce property was a key part of the city’s grandiose plan to turn the area bound by Queen, Victoria, Yonge and Dundas Sts. into Toronto’s “Theatre Block.”

Things fell apart when recession hit in the early ’90s, and eventually the bank buildings, both of which had been owned by the city, were sold off.

MOD’s plans for the site have been greeted with enthusiasm by James Robinson, executive director of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Association.

“Since we were founded in 2001, we’ve been dealing with issues related to that property; things like graffiti, homeless people, garbage, pigeons and safety concerns,” he says. “And we’ve been spending years working with the owners and various city agencies and using our own resources to manage what was happening there.”

“So the (Massey Tower) announcement is really positive. It’s taking us beyond the safety and cleanliness issues that have plagued that block for so long. The plan is very forward-thinking.

“To think there’ll be residents there, retail, potentially office space, some type of connection with Massey Hall, plus that location just being really critical, this is really quite an exciting time.

“This is long overdue.”

Hip to Heritage

MOD Developments president Gary Switzer has experience incorporating heritage structures into a condo development.

MOD’s most recent project, FIVE Condos, currently under construction at Yonge and St. Joseph Sts., will restore nearly half a block of 19th-century stores and retain the facade of the gothic-revival Rawlinson warehouse on St. Joseph.

Switzer is using the FIVE team again on Massey Tower. In addition to Hariri Pontarini Architects and ERA Architects, Cecconi Simone will be doing the interior design and Janet Rosenberg and Associates is the project’s landscape architect.

“It’s a great team. I feel like a movie producer using my same stars over and over again,” Switzer says. “And what we’re discussing for (197 Yonge) will blow everybody away.”
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• The new student residence will be located at 186 & 188 Jarvis Street (west side of Jarvis between Queen and Dundas)
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