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Old August 7th, 2008, 05:28 AM   #321
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some recent pics by dt_toronto_geek, posted at the urbantoronto.ca forum, showing slow but steady progress on the demolition...(subway line and station are directly underneath)..



efforts are being made to save a window on the brick building centre right (not for facade, it will be carted away)...



and here's an old pic showing the same buildings, many years ago...note the mansard roof on the building to the left, which is still there today, but has been covered for years with aluminum panels...



soon to be gone...

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Old August 7th, 2008, 08:29 AM   #322
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It's a miracle this row of crap survived as long as it did. Perhaps, it is good that it took this long because the level of sophistication we're seeing in today's towers is light years better than what went up across the street 30 years ago.
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Old August 7th, 2008, 11:34 PM   #323
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What's the status on the Bloor streetscaping program ?

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Old August 8th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #324
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Currently the eastern portion is being worked on while the western will begin early next year. The whole should be finished by late 2009.
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Old August 8th, 2008, 01:19 PM   #325
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I just hope Holt's is rebuffed in its attempt to buy part of the sidewalk in front of their store and turn it into valet parking like high end grocery,Pusateri, did around the corner.
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Old August 9th, 2008, 02:39 AM   #326
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When do you think it will be finished?
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Old August 9th, 2008, 02:45 AM   #327
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The archaeological venture will progress well into 2011. They've yet to dust the aluminum panals because re-upolstering a vintage chesterfield has gone way over schedule. They're still proposing an auction house set to open next July.
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Old August 9th, 2008, 03:42 AM   #328
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Currently the eastern portion is being worked on while the western will begin early next year. The whole should be finished by late 2009.
Sounds good! Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old August 10th, 2008, 04:07 AM   #329
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There are some renderings available here:

www.bloor-yorkville.com

At their offices (where I used to work a year ago) there are very detailed renderings and samples of stones that will be used. I must say it'll be gorgeous once complete.
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Old September 4th, 2008, 02:49 AM   #330
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update, demolition of the site is in 2 phases - phase 1 is now complete, with phase 2, an area just south of the main site, due to commence shortly...photo by drum118 at urbantoronto.ca....

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Old November 13th, 2008, 04:51 AM   #331
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Some developments of the past month.

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latest city update as posted at UT....

"an overall height of 290.5 meters"....= 953.08399 Feet

81 floors plus the fins....

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shoring rig onsite at 1 Bloor....this is the post-apocalypse Mad Max model X39....

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good news from the Toronto Star:

Massive tower moving ahead at Yonge-Bloor

Oct 08, 2008 04:30 AM

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The architect behind an 81-storey building at Yonge and Bloor vows the current economic slowdown won't jeopardize the project.

Architect Roy Varacalli said construction is expected to start in November and the project will take about 40 months to complete.

The tower project took another step toward final approval from the city yesterday, getting the green light from Toronto and East York community council. It's set to include condo and hotel units as well as retail and office space, and now heads to city council for a final decision at the end of the month.

Kazakhstan developer Bazis International is building the $450 million structure on the southeast corner of Yonge and Bloor.

Varacalli acknowledged there are rumours the current economic downturn could stall or scuttle the project, but he insists there are no roadblocks in sight.

"Other projects are faltering, so people are questioning ours. But sales are there and we're moving forward," he said.

About 70 of the planned 612 condo units remain unsold, he said.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 06:33 PM   #332
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So it's 290.5 metres now?
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Old April 6th, 2009, 07:32 AM   #333
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hasn't been an SSC update for a long time on this project....here's what has happened...

- demolition of previous buildings complete...

- financing was originally through Lehman Bros., which fell through, then the developer announced that new financing had been secured through European lenders.

- rumour mill has it that Sofitel has signed to be the hotel component of the project.

- condos apparently 85% percent sold.

- still awaiting construction permit from the City of Toronto (for nearly 1 year now)

- some discussion that permit will not be issued until a separate project on Bloor St. has completed - due to a loss of one traffic lane requirement for this project's construction....this separate Bloor St. project is supposed to be finished this month, but probably won't be...

- more rumours that behind the scenes some progress is ongoing - a report that the developer recently paid the city $1 million for rights to a minor laneway...

- in the meantime, nothing has happened...here's a recent pic of the site by Danin Toronto at urbantoronto.ca....



Causing much anguish for local Toronto skyscraper fans.....
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Old April 6th, 2009, 08:59 AM   #334
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Rumours that a number of VERY upscale international retail outlets are duking it out for the podium space.
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Old April 6th, 2009, 06:42 PM   #335
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Nice curves ! Nice facade !
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Old May 19th, 2009, 12:59 AM   #336
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is this project still moving forward?
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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:48 AM   #337
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No one knows. The developer's keeping mum. Sales were ample to go ahead already last summer, but financing is tied in with bankrupt Lehman Brothers. We should have a definitive answer as to whether it's a go or not within 8 weeks.
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thanks for the update
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 01:01 AM   #339
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i hope construction picks up soon
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 01:20 AM   #340
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No one knows. The developer's keeping mum. Sales were ample to go ahead already last summer, but financing is tied in with bankrupt Lehman Brothers. We should have a definitive answer as to whether it's a go or not within 8 weeks.
It would be a shame if this would not be built with 85% of the condo's sold, Sofitel has signed to be the hotel component and the base occupied with a retailer.
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