Tour de Toronto
START – GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE / SHERBOURNE COMMONS
MEET US AT THE EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING
The recently opened waterfront campus of George Brown College represents a substantial upgrade to the school’s infrastructure. With $61.5 million invested by the provincial government and $30 million from the Canadian government, the sizeable injection of funds has helped the school increase its size by 40%.
Adjacent to Sugar Beach to the west and Sherbourne Common to the east, the addition of the new campus to the emerging neighbourhood provides students with ample access to some of the city’s best-designed public spaces. The presence of the school also contributes to the mixed-use character of the district, joining Diamond Schmitt’s Corus Quay Building as well as the yet to be constructed Monde Condos by Great Gulf Homes. Through the inclusion of a variety of uses, the area will maintain the necessary influx of pedestrians to ensure its vitality
STOP 1 – PAN AM GAMES ATHLETES VILLAGE
MEET US AT CORKTOWN COMMON – PAVILION TERRACE
The Pam Am/Parapan Am Games Athletes Village is being built by Infrastructure Ontario and Dundee Kilmer Developments in the West Don Lands Neighbourhood. The lands were originally expropriated and cleared by the Province in 1987 for the failed Ataritiri project. In 2003 Waterfront Toronto hired UDA and DTAH to create the West Don Lands Precinct Plan which was accelerated when Toronto was awarded the games. Architectural design was done by KPMB, architectsAlliance, Daoust Lestage and MJM Architects with Landscape Architecture by The Planning Partnership. Completed in February 2015, the Athletes Village will provide 10,000 athletes, coaches, and team officials with state-of-the-art residences and ancillary facilities during the games. Major streets have received public realm improvements and a new streetcar line has been built on Cherry Street with connection to the King Street line. After the games, the village will convert to a new community, the Canary District, with a new 82,000 sq ft YMCA, GBC student residence, 253 affordable rental housing units, 810 market condominium suites and 40,000 sq ft of retail along the new Front Street promenade.
STOP 2 – RYERSON DOWNTOWN CAMPUS
MEET US AT THE NORTH-EAST CORNER OF YONGE ST. AT GOULD ST., FOOT OF THE STAIR LEADING TO THE FRONT DOORS
Transforming the vibrant intersection of Yonge and Gould streets (on the former site of retail landmark Sam the Record Man), the Student Learning Centre has given the entire Ryerson community an outstanding environment in which to study, collaborate and share ideas. Designed by Snøhetta and Zeidler, two renowned architectural firms, the building is accessible, digitally connected, and ready to adapt to the newest modes of discovery. The new Student Learning Centre will provide students with state-of-the-art study space and facilities. It will take Ryerson a great way forward in its goal of developing and supporting unique, professionally-oriented programs, and of pursuing its Master Plan.
STOP 3 – ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT
MEET US AT 129 PETER STREET, AT RICHMOND ST. NE CORNER
The Entertainment District is a regeneration of a former Industrial zone. The Official Plan land-use change has helped usher in many residents and businesses. Brick and beam warehouses provide much of the character and influence new developments. The neighbourhood has become a popular place to live and has seen the residential population increase from approximately 750 residents in 1996, to more than 7,500 by 2005. Based on submitted development applications, the potential population for the area east of Spadina could be 18,000 people. Currently, there are 12 projects under construction, 13 approved, and 11 proposed within the Entertainment District Area.
The area is also a destination for business and tourists including 80,086 who work within the Entertainment District BIA boundary area.
New developments and additional residents have led to the creation of the privately owned publicly accessible open spaces (POPS) as an innovative way to expand the public realm.
STOP 4 – QUEENS QUAY BOULEVARD
MEET US AT THE SOUTH SIDE OF SIMCOE AND QUEENS QUAY
Toronto’s main waterfront street is currently being transformed into a showpiece for the city. Queens Quay, which runs east-west parallel to the lakefront, is the waterfront’s main street. It spans more than 3 kilometres from Bathurst Street in the Central Waterfront to Parliament Street in East Bayfront, the new waterfront neighbourhood currently being developed by Waterfront Toronto. In the Central Waterfront, construction is now finishing up on a transformation of Queens Quay into one of the world’s most beautiful waterfront boulevards.
West 8 + DTAH designed Queens Quay after winning an international design competition and completing an extensive environmental assessment process. The new Queens Quay features two lanes of east-west traffic on the north side of the street with a dedicated Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in the middle. On the south side, a generous granite pedestrian promenade defined by a double row of trees will run alongside the Martin Goodman Trail, a multi-use recreational trail.
STOP 5 – PIER 27
MEET US AT THE SALES OFFICE PAVILION, 29 QUEENS QUAY EAST
Designed by architectsAlliance and developed by Cityzen Development Group and Fernbrook Homes, Pier 27 is a four building complex at the foot of Yonge Street and Lake Ontario. The interior design is by Munge Leung, and landscape architects are The MBTW Group / Watchorn Architect Inc.
The four 11-storey towers of Waterlink at Pier 27 are topped and connected by two three-storey linking skybridges, bringing the total height of the towers up to 14 storeys. The towers run perpendicularly from the harbour, framing the view of water and islands when viewed from the north, while creating a symbolic set of doorways to the city at the foot of Yonge Street when viewed from the south.
Keeping in the spirit of a publicly accessible waterfront, pedestrians will have access to the water via a new landscaped park wrapping around the western and southern edges of the site.
STOP 1 – WEST TORONTO RAILPATH
MEET US AT THE ENTRANCE AT CARIBOO AVE
A popular recent addition to bicycling infrastructure in the west end of the city is a successful repurposing of a linear brownfield site designed by a collaboration between landscape architect Scott Torrance and Brown + Storey Architects.
The West Toronto Railpath remediates disused industrial lands to reinforce a community. Opened in 2009 and stretching 2.1km from Cariboo Avenue in the north to Dundas and Lansdowne in the south, the West Toronto Railpath is constructed on a former Canadian Pacific track which paralleled the GO Weston and Galt subdivisions into downtown Toronto. Advocates are pushing for Phase II of the project which would see the trail extended south past Queen Street. That is still in the planning stages with the City and Metrolinx attempting to reconcile outstanding issues concerning possible conflict of land use between the Georgetown South Service Expansion and the Air Rail Link Project.
STOP 2 – HUMBER BAY SHORES
MEET US AT HUMBER BAY SHORES PARK ACROSS THE STREET FROM 58 & 68 MARINE PARADE DRIVE (ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE CENTRAL VILLAGE COURT)
The Humber Bay Shores Update study was initiated in 2007 and completed in July 2008. The study area is located in the western portion of the Motel Strip Secondary Plan Area between the Gardiner Expressway Off Ramp, Lake Shore Boulevard West, and Marine Parade Drive, and includes properties that are outside of the secondary plan boundary. There were approximately 12 properties with 8 different owners. Some properties are as deep as 80 metres and some as narrow as 15 metres. The entire area is 420 metres long with an overall potential development area of 6.5 hectares or 650,000 sq.m. At the allowable densities the development of these lands could result in a new mixed-use high density community that has the potential to provide the surrounding area with a new waterfront destination.