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Old October 18th, 2009, 12:28 AM   #1
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TORONTO | West Don Lands Development

80 acres of land to be developed on brownfields east of Toronto downtown, just beside the Historical Distillery District.


You can find a lot of information here:
http://www.waterfrontoronto.ca/dbdoc...b63fa687d3.pdf

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Right now there are only a several old buildings on the site(dating from late late 19th to eary 20th century) and they will be incorporated in the fabric of the new, dense development.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 12:43 AM   #2
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An amazing project for a wasteland!

Toronto has been clearly rocking on in these times.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 03:42 AM   #3
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That's very cool, reminds me a lot of the Antigone development in Montpellier.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 04:00 AM   #4
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Hope no one is planning on having a groundwater well or growing food in an urban garden in this area. PCBs, Petroleum, Heavy Metals. All that soil belongs in an incinerator... or a toxic waste dump. Oh well, existing brownfield laws let them cover it with 6 ft. (2 m) of clean fill, and build on top as if it was pristine...
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Old October 19th, 2009, 05:09 AM   #5
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Like it! Good density without the crazy tall condo's. Hope they put lot's of shops at street level.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 05:30 AM   #6
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Hope no one is planning on having a groundwater well or growing food in an urban garden in this area. PCBs, Petroleum, Heavy Metals. All that soil belongs in an incinerator... or a toxic waste dump. Oh well, existing brownfield laws let them cover it with 6 ft. (2 m) of clean fill, and build on top as if it was pristine...
Are you suggesting that no soil remediation has taken place?
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Old October 19th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #7
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Why are there so many cars parked on the side of the road in the renderings? Shouldn't we promote a car-free society being in the heart of the city?
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Old October 19th, 2009, 07:11 PM   #8
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Why are there so many cars parked on the side of the road in the renderings? Shouldn't we promote a car-free society being in the heart of the city?
We should but we cannot be too radical about it. A good road network is essential for a functional district - to make space for deliveries, public transit, ambulances, taxis etc. Those vehicles should have a right of way and this is what is going on in Toronto.

We have a purely pedestrian district which is just beside this development (on the south-west side), called Distillery District, and still... Most of the visitors drive to get there, but hopefully an extended puclib transit network will change it... Don't worry about the rendering. It's just a rendering.
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Old November 4th, 2009, 09:05 PM   #9
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A lot of trees...i like it.can't wait it start the construction
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Old November 4th, 2009, 10:24 PM   #10
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cool project that park reminds me Paris
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Strangely, it looks like Griffintown...
I like the way these buildings have a modern/classical look which gives them lots of character.
A question: Are most of these developments approved and ready to go?, or they're just looking for investors right now?.
Thank you very much
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As part of Toronto's winning bid for the 2015 Pan American Games, the West Don Lands re-development will be accelerated. This should be the site of some major new construction very soon.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 06:41 AM   #13
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Should we change this to the 2015 Pan Am Games development thread? Or will there be non-Games related construction happening in this part of town as well?
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Should we change this to the 2015 Pan Am Games development thread? Or will there be non-Games related construction happening in this part of town as well?
River City (Part of the West Don Lands) is being developed separately from the Pan Am Athletes Village.

Tough call!

I guess you can have one thread for River City, and one for the Pan Am athletes village.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 05:07 PM   #15
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Yes this is great I would usually prefer the tallest they can build but this is pretty damn nice.I also hope they build market strips it would be a thriving neighbourhood.Why am I thinking gay village?
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Yes this is great I would usually prefer the tallest they can build but this is pretty damn nice.I also hope they build market strips it would be a thriving neighborhood.Why am I thinking gay village?
Well, I believe a lot of the renders shown here were created fairly early in the design of the neighborhood and should be looked at as more of a tool for giving a feel for the structure of the neighborhood then its specific architecture.

The Pan Am bid greatly increased the speed at which portions of this area will see redevelopment so I can only imagine that very soon we'll start to see more finalized renders.

As for more height, I wouldn't rule it out, it'll still be some time before the entire area is completely rehabilitated, think decade(s) over years, so a lot will surely change. I'd be surprised if by the end some of the 'planed' buildings don't see significant height increases.

As for gay village, don't know why you're thinking that. Not that I'd care what it becomes so long as it's a functioning healthy neighborhood.

But, I think the potential is there for it to really anchor growth in the upcoming waterfront communities (the infrastructure it will bring to the area cannot be overstated) and potentially be of the very few major downtown'ish developments that offers significant appeal to larger families, something the condo market in general hasn't really achieved as of yet.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 06:56 AM   #17
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As I was visiting the site recently (it a part of my project for school), I took a few pictures. No much going on, they are still working on levelling the ground. They should start construction in spring I guess. Another news is that a part of the development will be reserved for the olympic village for Pan-Am games in Toronto in 2015. However, no major changes in the project are proposed.

View from Don River towards Downtown:
[IMG]http://i45.************/zjtie8.jpg[/IMG]

The northern part; view from King/Queen intersection:
[IMG]http://i48.************/29zvl1f.jpg[/IMG]

"Canary Restaurant" - one of the older buildings which will be refurbished (you can see the rendering in the first post). It's right in the centre of the area. Apparently, this building is very often used for movie production.
[IMG]http://i45.************/2njwpiq.jpg[/IMG]
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 05:09 AM   #18
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looks nice,, not that high, adequate density, decent street part.. very wishful !
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Yes this is great I would usually prefer the tallest they can build but this is pretty damn nice.I also hope they build market strips it would be a thriving neighbourhood.Why am I thinking gay village?
West Dong Lands?
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So what lasting improvements will outlive the Games? I believe Transit City should cover this part of town as well? So in the future, residents can streetcar into the financial core?
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