Category Archives: Members Only Tours

Members Only Tour says goodbye to iconic Honest Ed’s and hello to future Mirvish Village

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By: Monika Rau, Dream         On February 2, 2017, 35 ULI members came together for the final ever group tour of Honest Ed’s, Toronto’s iconic discount department store. The site of the popular store was put up for sale on July 16, 2013, and the store closed its doors in December 2016, after 68 years in business. Now, Westbank Projects Corp., the new owner of the 4.5-acre site, has something fresh in store: inspired by Ed Mirvish himself, the site is to be redeveloped as part of a … Read More

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Union Station Revitalized: An inside look at the past, present and future of Toronto’s most important transit hub

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By: Andrew Muscat           Every major global city has a critical transportation hub that acts as the main entrance and exit to their respective metropolises. In Toronto, Union Station undoubtedly serves this key purpose within our great city. Union Station facilitates the movement of over 200,000 citizens daily through its transportation systems. Despite its vital role, the station’s infrastructure was badly in need of repairs and construction has been underway since 2009 to make significant improvements to the hub. Already these changes have made a difference … Read More

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Members Only Breakfast explores vision driving the City of Hamilton’s waterfront redevelopment

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By Marcus Bowman, Metrolinx         You could almost see Hamilton from high atop the Bay-Wellington Tower as ULI Toronto members gathered for breakfast at the host offices of McMillan LLP. The expansive view of Lake Ontario’s shore was a fitting backdrop for an event focused on the waterfront of the GTHA’s western anchor and its ever-growing attractiveness to the Toronto real estate and development community. The buzz about Hamilton was palpable among ULI members with Toronto District Council Executive Director Richard Joy noting that events about Hamilton … Read More

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Cycling the Humber Trail with Toronto’s Chief City Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat

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            By Kendra FitzRandolph, NXT City “It is a perfect day for a bike ride!” That’s not something you expect to hear from Toronto’s incomparable chief city planner on the first weekend in November. But this was exactly what was said by Jennifer Keesmaat and reiterated by this writer and sixteen other lucky ULI members who got to ride on the sold out annual ULI Bike Tour. This year, the route was inspired by our chief city planner’s #CityResolve commitment to “Bike the Humber” ravine … Read More

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Event Recap: Members Only Lunch & Learn on Inclusionary Zoning

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By: Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate Click here to see the presentation         Following the release of The Economics Inclusionary Development, a report issued by the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, ULI Toronto hosted an exclusive Members Only event focused on the report’s findings. Hosted by Stikeman Elliott, the sold out lunch and learn focused on a study contained in the report that examined the use of inclusionary zoning (“IZ”) in the United States as an affordable housing tool. The discussion sought to contextualize … Read More

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Event Recap: Members Only Lunch & Learn with Richard Peiser

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By Danny Tseng, Soldatova Tseng Inc.         On August 29, 2016, ULI hosted an exclusive Lunch & Learn event featuring Richard Peiser, a professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and author of Professional Real Estate Development: The ULI Guide to the Business. The talk, which was sponsored by WeirFoulds, focused on two main topics: the first being the results of Peiser’s recent research on the question: “Is there an investment premium for multi/mixed-use properties,” and the second, on the implications of Brexit on economics and … Read More

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Event Recap: Members-Only City Exchange: Detroit

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By Christine Chea, DiamondCorp & Monika Rau, DREAM View Photos View Attendees Download Program Booklet View Electronic Tour Guide Media Coverage: The Globe and Mail   This June, ULI Toronto members had the privilege of attending a unique Members-Only two-day City Exchange organized in collaboration with ULI Michigan. With certainty we can say we’re not the only attendees who were in complete awe of the advanced revitalization efforts taking place in Downtown Detroit. The resurgence of the Motor City was immediately evident throughout our tours from initiatives within the City. Our … Read More

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Event Recap – Members Only Tour of the Luminato Festival’s Hearn Generating Station

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By: Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate View Photos View Attendees       What was once a coal-fired electrical plant is now one of Toronto’s cultural beacons and one of Canada’s most majestic industrial landmarks. Known as the R.L. Hearn Generating Station (“the Hearn”), the nearly 297,000-square-foot decommissioned plant has served as a location for various film and television productions and has most recently been known for its use in Toronto’s Luminato Festival. Located at 440 Unwin Avenue in the Port Lands area of downtown Toronto, the plant was … Read More

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Event Recap: EXPO – And What It Could Mean To Toronto

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By Kendra Fitzrandolph, City of Toronto View Photos View Attendance Have you ever wanted to know what an Expo is or how a city is chosen to host one? Well, last week, Secretary-General Dr. Vicente Loscertales of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and his entourage of exceptional people — including Deputy Secretary-General Dimitri Kerkentzes and Canadian Ambassador to Colombia and former President of the BIE Executive Commission Carmen Sylvain — along with Toronto’s incomparable Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, joined a small group of ULI members for an intimate luncheon at … Read More

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Event Recap: The Smarts Behind SmartTrack

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By Evan Weinberg, Toronto Financial District BIA On March 26, 2015, ULI Toronto hosted a member’s only event at Goodmans LLP. The event provided member’s access to Iain Dobson, co-founder of Strategic Regional Research Alliance (SRRA), who discussed SmartTrack and gave an exclusive preview of research looking at the connection between transit and employment in the GTA. VIEW PRESENTATION The Challenge Prior to 1980, almost all office towers were built along the subway line in Toronto. However, the expansion of the highway network was accompanied by the suburbanization of office … Read More

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