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  • Osmington Gerofsky and WJ Properties Propose 4 Infill Towers in Flemingdon Park
    by Téana Graziani on August 12, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Toronto’s Flemingdon Park neighbourhood could soon be seeing a brand new four-building residential infill project from Osmington Gerofsky Development Corp and WJ Properties. Proposed at the corner of St Dennis and Grenoble drives, 10 Grenoble would feature towers of 34, 42, 46, and 52 storeys, scattered among two existing rental buildings on the property.  Looking northeast over existing and proposed towers in the Flemingdon Park area and surroundings, image courtesy of Osmington Gerofsky […]

  • Church, iKore Planning Condo on Weston Road south of Finch
    by Matthew Westgate on August 12, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Humphries Planning Group Inc have recently submitted Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Approval applications to the City of Toronto on behalf of iKore Developments for a proposed 17-storey condominium building designed by HCA Architecture at 3350 Weston Road on the west side of Weston Road south of Lanyard Road in the Humbermede/Emery neighbourhood of North York. The unorthodox triangular 1.30 hectares (3.21 acres) site sits amongst a series of low-density and mid-rise residential […]

  • News Roundup for August 12, 2022
    by UrbanToronto Staff on August 12, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Ride-hailing drivers who did online training too fast will have to do it again; Ontario condo owners hit with $20,000 special assessment; High Park cyclists to protest police enforcement as Tory meets with advocacy groups and more news. Power has been restored after downtown Toronto outage, Hydro One says (Globe & Mail) Five things experts say could ease pressures on Ontario’s health-care system (Globe & Mail) Ride-hailing drivers who did online training too fast will have to do […]

  • Craning Necks Skyward
    by Craig White on August 12, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Looking up at sunset as he did for this image from UrbanToronto Forum contributor globalexpress, a half-dozen cranes are in view in Toronto’s West Don Lands, the most recent being the furthest to the left on the northwest corner of Cherry and Mill streets. Once these mostly residential developments are complete, both the Distillery District and the Canary District areas will feel more contiguous with — better knitted into— the fabric of the city that has been kept arms length away from both […]

  • 19-Storey Mixed Use Rental Building Proposed at 1240 Weston Road
    by Téana Graziani on August 11, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    The Learning Enrichment Foundation has submitted a Zoning By-law Amendment application to the City of Toronto to bring a 19-storey mixed-use rental building designed by LGA Architectural Partners to 1240 Weston Road, on the southwest corner with Somerville Avenue, a few blocks north of Eglinton Avenue, and walking distance to the soon-to-open Mount Dennis station. Looking south to 1240 Weston Road, designed by LGA Architectural Partners for The Learning Enrichment Foundation The Learning […]

  • Explainer: Facadism
    by UrbanToronto Staff on August 11, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    As parking lots and vacant properties quickly vanish from the downtown cores of major global cities, property developers are increasingly being forced to look at plots of land that are already occupied by existing structures. Some of these structures may be historic in nature, or feature a built form in keeping with the general urban fabric of the neighbourhood. While municipal heritage preservation bodies often seek to maintain these structures wherever possible, their continuing use may prove […]

  • East End Library Poised to be Landmark for Indigenous Culture and Community
    by Sharon McMillan on August 11, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Recent updates to the initial concept for the redesign of Toronto Public Library’s Dawes Road branch positions the project to become a visual, cultural, and environmental landmark. ( A detailed review of the project’s initial design is in this previous UrbanToronto feature.) Looking northwest to the Dawes Road Library, designed by Perkins&Will and Smoke Architecture for the Toronto Public Library Designed by Perkins&Will and the Hamilton based Indigenous architecture firm Smoke […]

  • News Roundup for August 11, 2022
    by UrbanToronto Staff on August 11, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    The city hall exodus created open races, some less-than-fresh faces hoping to return; John Tory meets with Cycle Toronto over High Park feud; Aging condos in Ontario will need expensive repairs in the future, report finds and more news. As a shifting market gives buyers more power, galvanized sellers push prices lower (Globe & Mail) Number of people turned away from homeless shelters has soared this year, data shows (Toronto Star) The city hall exodus created open races, some […]

  • Concrete, Rebar, Scaffolds, Construction Workers
    by Craig White on August 11, 2022 at 10:00 am

    As seen through a window in a neighbouring tower by UrbanToronto Forum contributor fatty, Pearl Place is a new mixed-use, mostly residential development under construction along Yonge Street in North York City Centre. Among all the forms for new walls, yellow shoring poles holding up newly curing concrete, and fences meant to keep construction crews safe, workers in bright vests are dotted about the site assembling the next form, receiving the next materials shipment, or waiting to direct the […]

  • 13-Storey Residential Buildings Proposed on The West Mall South of Bloor
    by Matthew Westgate on August 10, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    The first prospective renderings for three staggered 13-storey residential buildings at 251 through 285 The West Mall, Etobicoke have been submitted to the City of Toronto’s Planning Department by MHBC Planning on behalf of developer NJS Capital seeking Zoning By-Law Amendment and Site Plan Approval. The 0.95 hectares (2.34 acres) site is located south of Bloor Street West and adjacent to Highway 427 in the Bloordale Gardens neighbourhood. Site location at 251-285 The West Mall. Image from […]

  • Visiting Toronto’s New Ace Hotel
    by Stephanie Calvet on August 10, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    ACE Hotel recently opened its first Canadian outpost in Toronto’s King West. It sits at the meeting of Camden and Brant streets, a quiet intersection across from St Andrew’s Playground Park. Designed by Toronto’s Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the new building has a restrained exterior with a rich interior experience.  Building entry at the north façade, image by William Jess Laird At 14 storeys, the structure fits neatly into its surroundings, flanked by similarly tall residential […]

  • First Capital Makes Mixed-Use Proposal Next to Shops at Don Mills
    by Téana Graziani on August 10, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    First Capital has submitted Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications to the City of Toronto to redevelop 895 Lawrence Avenue East, located at the southwest corner of Lawrence Avenue East and The Donway West, right across the street from the Don Mills Branch of the Toronto Public Library, and the Shops at Don Mills. The proposal designed by WZMH Architects is for residential towers that rise to 17 and 22 storeys from a mixed-use podium.  Location of the site, image […]

  • News Roundup for August 10, 2022
    by UrbanToronto Staff on August 10, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Ontario set to introduce ‘strong mayor’ legislation to speed up housing development; Condo builders crank up the incentives; ‘Train surfer’ under police investigation speaks about his dangerous adventures and more news. Safe for swimming? Toronto’s new tool for measuring water quality at its beaches is misleading, say advocates (Toronto Star) Ontario set to introduce ‘strong mayor’ legislation to speed up housing development (Toronto Star) A higher percentage of Canadians […]

  • A Little Relief
    by Craig White on August 10, 2022 at 10:00 am

    When it gets hot out, Toronto’s soft serve trucks serve up a little relief from the heat, as seen in this late day image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor globalexpress. A soft serve ice cream truck parks by Toronto’s Corktown Common park, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor globalexpress Want to see your work featured as Daily Photo? You can post in the City Photos & Videos section of the UrbanToronto Forum, or submit your images to our Instagram or UrbanToronto Flickr Pool for […]

  • Striking Mixed-Use Condo Proposed Beside York Mills Subway
    by Matthew Westgate on August 9, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment proposals have been submitted to the City of Toronto’s Planning Department for a 12-storey mixed-use condominium building at 25 Old York Mills Road on the southwest corner with Campbell Crescent in Toronto’s affluent Hoggs Hollow neighbourhood. Designed by Toronto-based IBI Group for the Agricola Finnish Lutheran Church, the scheme seeks to redevelop the under-utilized site and allow the Finnish community to consolidate its place of […]

  • KIN Capital Partnering on Two Residential Development Projects in Weston Village
    by Rick Muller on August 9, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    The Greater Toronto Area is a textbook North American example of how public transit prompts development. From the building of the Bloor-Danforth (Line 2) subway in the early 1960s, to the northbound extension to North York of the Yonge (Line 1) subway a decade later, to the Scarborough LRT in the early 1980s and the Eglinton Crosstown and further north TTC expansion today, the availability of public transit is the template to where people choose to live and work. A current prime example is the […]

  • News Roundup for August 9, 2022
    by UrbanToronto Staff on August 9, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    King Township homeowners struggle with ‘new normal’ after 50% price plunge; Building during the pandemic is paying off for new airport hotel; Ontario’s budget to be re-tabled: This is what Doug Ford promised and more news. Stay out of the water at Toronto’s Centre Island (Toronto Star) King Township homeowners struggle with ‘new normal’ after 50% price plunge (Toronto Star) GO Trains cancelled due to ‘staff illnesses’ (Toronto Star) Ontario’s current monkeypox […]

  • Water, Sky, Clouds, and Skyline Clouds
    by Craig White on August 9, 2022 at 10:00 am

    A few days ago, UrbanToronto Forum contributor ADRM captured this image of the Toronto skyline from the islands, and one thing that stands out in it (besides the actual clouds) are the cloud patterns now forming on the exterior of Menkes’ Phase 1 condominium towers at Sugar Wharf: the balcony guards on the architects—Alliance designed buildings have a very pixelated effect when close up that resolves into something more celestial when seen from a distance. Clouds aren’t just for the sky, […]

  • Diamond Corp Proposes 31 Storeys at Planned St Clair-Old Weston GO Station
    by Téana Graziani on August 8, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    A site in Toronto’s Stockyards District has recently seen a new application submitted to the City. Diamond Corp has submitted Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Approval applications to the City of Toronto, in an effort to bring a 31-storey condo, office, and retail building designed by architects—Alliance to the slender site located at 611 Keele Street.  Location of site at Keele and St Clair, image from submission to the City The proposed development would be located just to the […]

  • News Roundup for August 8, 2022
    by UrbanToronto Staff on August 8, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    Police ticketing cyclists. Pedestrians and riders feuding. Why the High Park spat is shifting political; GO Transit workers vote 93 per cent in favour of strike if no deal is reached; Toronto is hiring 15,000 people to work the 2022 municipal election and more news. Masks won’t be mandatory in Ontario schools this fall (Toronto Star) Police ticketing cyclists. Pedestrians and riders feuding. Why the High Park spat is shifting political (Toronto Star) GO Transit workers vote 93 per cent […]

  • Summer Sunrise Skyline
    by Craig White on August 8, 2022 at 10:00 am

    In this photo taken early one August morning, UrbanToronto Forum contributor Jeff Morgan aims his camera towards the sunrise and captures the silhouettes of Sugar Wharf Phase 1 condo towers under construction and the recently completely 100 Queens Quay East, new headquarters to the LCBO. The sun rises behind buildings in Toronto’s East Bayfront area, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Jeff Morgan Want to see your work featured as Daily Photo? You can post in the City Photos & […]

  • First Ever Indigenous-led Housing Development for Seniors under ‘Housing Now’ Initiative
    by Sharon McMillan on August 5, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Last week, the City of Toronto announced a new development at 140 Merton Street that will break ground, not only literally but also historically, by introducing the first Indigenous-led housing development for Indigenous seniors under the City’s Housing Now initiative.  Left to right: Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, Mayor John Tory and Chief Jason Gaultier, Missanabie Cree First Nation. The City awarded non-profit group Missanabie Cree First Nation the project based on their “affordability […]

  • Lifetime Proposes 48 Storeys on Roehampton in Midtown
    by Téana Graziani on August 5, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Approval applications have been submitted to the City of Toronto by Lifetime Developments, seeking permissions for the redevelopment of 141 Roehampton Avenue in Midtown, with a contemporary residential building designed by Wallman Architects.  141 Roehampton, designed by Wallman Architects for Lifetime Developments The proposed 48-storey, 618-unit condo would replace a 10-storey residential condo that currently exists on the site. The new unit mix […]

  • New Replacement Windows in Ontario: How to Choose The Right Company For Your Project?
    by UrbanToronto Sponsor on August 5, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    Installing new windows proved to be one of the best home improvement projects to consider when renovating your property. Window replacement offers a high ROI, improves energy efficiency, comfort and drastically adds aesthetics. Statistics show windows are accounted for heat loss of 25%–30%, so homeowners who install high-quality units can expect a significant reduction in annual energy bills. But the critical point here is to find a contractor that not only sells you the best windows but […]

  • News Roundup for August 5, 2022
    by UrbanToronto Staff on August 5, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Where GTA home prices jumped and slumped: Most regions see prices drop but Oakville gets a boost with high-end sales; 7 Toronto city councillors could be elected by default as nomination deadline nears; Renters are feeling the pinch nationwide. These 5 charts break it down and more. Where GTA home prices jumped and slumped: Most regions see prices drop but Oakville gets a boost with high-end sales (Toronto Star) Toronto rents expected to jump by another 15% over the next six months, experts […]

  • Fisheye Fun, Downtown
    by Craig White on August 5, 2022 at 10:00 am

    The glittering view south from U Condominiums on Bay Street was recently shot by UrbanToronto Flickr Pool contributor Sina. With the fisheye effect from a wide angle lens, both city streets and the lake have more curve to them than usual, giving it all a bit of a fun look… along with a little vertigo. The glittering view south from U Condominiums, image by UrbanToronto Flickr Pool contributor Sina Want to see your work featured as Daily Photo? You can post in the City Photos & […]

  • Choice Properties Evolves Their 2280 Dundas West Proposal
    by Stephanie Calvet on August 4, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Just south of Bloor Street and the Dundas West subway station is an 11-acre site with shopping mall and car park – essentially a large asphalt pad. A revised proposal by Choice Properties REIT could stitch together the neighbourhood with new housing, new and improved retail spaces, and a new public park, providing a unifying community focal point. Choice resubmitted a proposal to redevelop their existing land holdings to build a mixed-use, transit-oriented intensification delivering nearly […]

  • Explainer: Vertical Transportation — Sky Lobbies
    by UrbanToronto Staff on August 4, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    As more buildings get taller and taller in Toronto, an increasing number of buildings here are being built with ‘sky lobbies,’ an intermediary level where passengers on one elevator transfer to another one to continue their journey up or down a building. This solution to dealing ever increasing height was first hit upon in Chicago’s 1969-built John Hancock Center. To efficiently serve the upper floors of the 100-storey, 344-metre tower, a ‘lobby’ was built on the 44th floor which serves only […]

  • TAS Shares Condo Concept for Walmer Road Baptist Church Redevelopment
    by Téana Graziani on August 4, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    TAS has shared the conceptual design for a project involving the Walmer Road Baptist Church at 38 Walmer Road in The Annex neighbourhood of Toronto. Working with the church, the developer is proposing to add a 20-storey condo designed by ZAS Architects at the west end of the property.  The existing church was founded in 1889, and since then has hosted not only religious services, but also a food bank, a theatre initiative, and Canada’s first co-located daycare. Walmer Road Baptist […]

  • News Roundup for August 4, 2022
    by UrbanToronto Staff on August 4, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Detached homes in Toronto see annual price decline for first time in over two years; Plans to revamp Ontario Place are ‘tone-deaf’ and exclusionary, say Toronto residents, critics; New city data shows 40 people a night on average turned away from Toronto homeless shelters and more news. Detached homes in Toronto see annual price decline for first time in over two years (Toronto Star) Brampton’s former integrity commissioner is suing councillors for millions in damages over her firing. The […]