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Old January 7th, 2008, 05:50 AM   #281
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That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks. Seems like the Uptown will get boxed in to a fair extent, especially when the southwest corner of Bloor-Yonge gets developed.
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Old January 7th, 2008, 08:00 PM   #282
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wow incredible tower
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Old May 11th, 2008, 08:06 PM   #283
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Old May 11th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #284
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Nice! Saw that rendering on 1 Bloor's wikipedia page.
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Old May 11th, 2008, 08:18 PM   #285
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It's not a bad looking building, but certainly not substantial or grand. It might be better to simply move it somewhere else than trying to incorporate it into a new tower.
Why not use it as retail frontage farther west on Bloor?
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Old May 12th, 2008, 12:58 PM   #286
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Possibly, but then again, it could be moved any where. It will be interesting to see what happens in this spot. I can't see it remaining as is for much longer. Having said that, I'd rather that the north east corner gets redeveloped first. A massive overhaul to open up the concourse, Bay store, and subway to the street is much more pressing. The facade of the tower and the Bay is a complete failure as a street wall.

Adding to the substantial deficiencies, the structure and scale of the subway here is vastly inadequate to handle the traffic it gets. The bottleneck will only get worse once 1 Bloor East is opened.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 05:59 AM   #287
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Precisely, although they would have to get rid of the Bay's overabundunce of concrete first. After this is solved incorporating this old facade in the building would be ideal!
I wonder if any celebrities will buy here? Ellen Degenres bought a condo at L Tower in the financial district.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 12:36 PM   #288
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Stripping the Bay of its concrete would be the first step. Building a glass curtain so people can see into the store would draw more traffic in and beautify this stretch of Bloor. A giant atrium opening right down to the subway station and platforms would work well too.

The northeast corner is one of the most problematic development mistakes in the city. 1 Bloor East is the other extreme. It is exactly what was needed here.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 03:04 PM   #289
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They really have to build this tower. It really fits in Toronto and I like it
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over at urbantoronto, someone is saying that demolition is to begin this week......
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Old May 15th, 2008, 02:40 PM   #291
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I'm almost giddy with anticipation. This is one of Toronto's most important developments in recent memory. It's scale, location, quality, and level of sophistication will transform the city. It's been over 20 years since Toronto got a tower that signified so much.
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Old May 17th, 2008, 06:24 PM   #292
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I wonder how deep they will have to dig? That would probably take over a year.
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Old May 17th, 2008, 07:55 PM   #293
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the digging will definitely not take a year, maybe the whole foundations
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 10:18 PM   #294
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Demolition Ceremony May 29

Yonge and Bloor Changes Forever as Bazis Starts Work on 1 Bloor

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 22, 2008) -

ATTENTION: Real Estate, News, Retail, Business, Photo and Assignment Editors

Mark 2 p.m. on May 29, 2008, on your calendars. That is the day and time the face of Toronto changes forever.

It is when Bazis International starts demolition on the existing buildings on the southeast corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets to make way for its new 1 Bloor condominium tower, five-star hotel and shopping development.

Bazis' partners Michael Gold and Roy Varacalli as well as Toronto councilor Kyle Rae will mount a tracked excavator with a huge set of steel teeth and take a bite out of the existing building on the southeast corner of Bloor and Yonge Streets.

Involved is almost an entire city block from Bloor south to Hayden and east to the existing office tower on Bloor East.

To celebrate a significant moment in the city's history, Bazis is erecting a huge plasma screen 10 feet tall by 6 feet wide by the corner. It will show a video retrospective of the past 100 years at Yonge and Bloor.

As the black and white photos, gathered from archived collections, dissolve one into the other, a century of Toronto's busiest street corner will unfold. Horse drawn trolley cars will give way to Model T Fords. The corner was the site of the city's first traffic light.

Now it will become the home to the tallest residential structure in Canada.

"It will be a celebration of the spirit of Toronto," says Mr. Gold. "The past as prelude to the future."


WHEN: May 29 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Southeast corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets
WHAT: Start of demolition to make way for 1 Bloor


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Old May 30th, 2008, 08:35 AM   #295
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Very impressive video posted by urban 2.0 in the Toronto forum!

Varacalli also says a few metres will be added to the building's distinctive rooftop "wings," to ensure that it's the tallest residential building in the city at 282 metres high.


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Demolition begins FRIDAY.



... never saw video before - looks really cool - esp. 3d flyby - my god - it's going to be a major landmark building.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #296
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That is one slick video...
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Old May 31st, 2008, 07:49 AM   #297
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Old May 31st, 2008, 02:52 PM   #298
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great!!
Did demolition start yesterday?
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Old May 31st, 2008, 02:59 PM   #299
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Old June 1st, 2008, 07:32 PM   #300
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i was at a bar right across the street from the site last night... they have blocked off that ally that everyone uses to get to the subway, but as far as i could tell ... no demolition has been done yet
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