View of CityPlace with CN Tower in the centre background
|• MP||Adam Vaughan (Spadina—Fort York)|
|• MPP||Chris Glover (Spadina-Fort York)|
|• Councillor||Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity—Spadina)|
CityPlace is a neighbourhood in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, within the former Railway Lands. When completed, this area will be the largest residential development ever created in Toronto. The area is bordered by Bathurst Street to the west, Lake Shore Boulevard to the south, and Front Street to the north and Blue Jays Way and the Rogers Centre to the east. Cityplace is also a 5- to 10-minute walk from King Street West and Liberty Village and a 10- to 20-minute walk from Toronto's financial district. The neighbourhood is also home to the Canoe Landing Park designed by famed Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland.
What is now CityPlace was originally conceived as a way to revitalize what was Canadian National's former Spadina Street Yard Facility, which was part of the extensive Railway Lands in the waterfront area.
Going as far back as 1965, when CN began to shift the functions of many of its yards in the Greater Toronto Area to a centralized facility in the northern suburb of Vaughan, there had been plans to revitalize this part of downtown. One of them called for the construction of a large television/telecommunications tower as a showcase of Canadian industry, which was realized in the 1970s with the CN Tower in addition to the massive Metro Centre which was later cancelled. Further development took place in the 1980s, with the 1984 completion of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre drawing new attention to the area.
With the arrival of new visitors and development of new commercial draws, a fresh master plan was drawn up by the City of Toronto for revitalization of this area. At the same time Via Rail, the sole remaining occupant of the Spadina Street Yards, relocated their local operations to the newly built Toronto Maintenance Centre in New Toronto, freeing up the lands necessary for the planned revitalization. Work commenced after the demolition of the last railway buildings with the construction of SkyDome, which was completed in 1989.
At the same time, a new network of roads, parks and infrastructure began to take shape. The project proceeded smoothly until an economic downturn caused many of the development plans to be shelved, and much land stood abandoned until 1997 when construction of the Air Canada Centre arena commenced.
This began the third and final phase of redevelopment called CityPlace which called for a multipurpose development of commercial, residential, and retail along the western section of the Railway Lands. The current CityPlace development was conceived by Concord Adex Developments, the same company that helped revitalize a large section of former Expo 86 lands in Vancouver, who purchased the land in 1997 from the Canada Lands Company.
The final portion of CityPlace to be developed is Block 31. Initially, the proposal for Block 31 included a 42-storey mixed-use tower (alongside schools and community centre). It was criticized for the shadows it would cast over nearby amenity spaces and the site's adjoining Canoe Landing Park, as well as the views it would partially obstruct.
Following a round of public consultations in early 2015, the new schematic design for Block 31 was revealed. It will include two schools and a new community centre. Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) have both been designated to use the new space. The shared school building will seek to maximize spatial efficiency, with a common gym and theatre complex for both schools. Block 31's design attempts to maximize available green space. With an articulated green roof spanning the complex's footprint. The 150,000 square foot complex is expected to cost $55 million to construct, and is set to be completed by 2019. The schools are Jean Lumb Public School, named after Jean B. Lumb, the first Chinese Canadian woman and the first restaurateur to receive the Order of Canada for her community work; and Bishop MacDonell Catholic School, which is named after Alexander Macdonell, the first bishop of Kingston in Upper Canada
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|Apex C[A]||273 ft (83.2 m)||28||2001||2003||381 Front Street West|
|Apex D[A]||371*||36||2001||2003||397 Front Street West|
|Concord Canada House A[A]||59||2018 October||2021||23 Spadina Avenue|
|Concord Canada House B[A]||69||2018 October||2021|
|Exchange[A]||8||2018||90 Queens Wharf Road|
|Forward[A]||30||2018||70 Queens Wharf Road|
|Gallery[A]||108.3 ft (33.0 m)||8||2005 September||2007 July||15 Brunel Court|
|Harbourview Estates A [A]||402 ft (122.5 m)||40||2003 January||2005||10 Navy Wharf Court|
|Harbourview Estates B[A]||503 ft (153.3 m)||49||2003 January||2005||35 Mariner Terrace|
|Harbourview Estates C[A]||278 ft (84.7 m)*||26||2004||2005||3 Navy Wharf Court|
|Harbourview Estates D[A]||378 ft (115.2 m)*||36||2004||2005||5 Mariner Terrace|
|Harbourview Estates Loft[A]||85.3 ft (26.0 m)*||8||2004||2005||9 Spadina Avenue|
|Luna[A]||229.7 ft (70.0 m)||22||2007 January||2010 April||8 Telegram Mews|
|Luna Vista[A]||413 ft (125.9 m)||38||2007 January||2010 April||25 Capreol Court|
|Matrix A[A]||320 ft (97.5 m)||32||2000||2002||361 Front Street West|
|Matrix B[A]||274 ft (83.5 m)||28||2000||2002||373 Front Street West|
|Montage[A]||476 ft (145.1 m)||47||2006 November||2009 February||25 Telegram Mews|
|N[A]||425 ft (129.5 m)*||41||2005 June||2007 August||15 Fort York Boulevard|
|Neo[A]||210 ft (64.0 m)||16||2006 June||2008 October||4K Spadina Avenue|
|Newton[A]||21||2018||80 Queens Wharf Road|
|Optima[A]||357.6 ft (109.0 m)||34||2001||2003||81 Navy Wharf Court|
|Panorama[A]||315 ft (96.0 m)*||28||2008 January||2010 April||38 Dan Leckie Way|
|Parade 1[A]||366 ft (111.6 m)||39||2008 January||2013||15 Iceboat Terrace / 10 Caperol Court|
|Parade 2[A]||418 ft (127.4 m)||44||2008 January||2012 November||21 Iceboat Terrace / 151 Dan Leckie Way|
|Quartz[A]||41||2015||75 Queens Wharf Road|
|Spectra[A]||39||2015||85 Queens Wharf Road|
|The LakeFront[A]||41||2020||17 Bathurst Street, Toronto|
|The LakeShore[A]||41||2020||19 Bathurst Street, Toronto|
|West One[A]||486 ft (148.1 m)||49||2005||2007 October||11 Brunel Court|
|Jean Lumb Public School (TDSB)
Bishop Macdonell Catholic Elementary School (TCDSB)
|3||2017 September||2019 September||20 Brunel Court|
(*) – denotes estimate
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With its location nestled between the Gardiner Expressway and Union Station, CityPlace is a very accessible area. The development is also serviced by the Toronto Transit Commission's 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina, and 511 Bathurst streetcar lines.
In addition, a median is being set aside along Fort York Boulevard, the main thoroughfare through Cityplace, so that it can be used for a streetcar route by the TTC in the future.
A footbridge (Puente de Luz or Bridge of Light) is a pedestrian and cycling crossing from CityPlace to Front Street across the railway tracks was opened in October 2012, but promptly closed due to concerns over the sharpness of clips holding the controversial mesh to the sides of the bridge, as well as concerns over people tripping at joins while using the bridge. Those issues were dealt with, and the bridge reopened in December 2012. The 100m bridge is designed by sculptor Francisco Gazitua of Chile.
Some planners, architects and politicians have questioned the prudence of the development's urban design. Critics have lauded the architectural excellence of the buildings themselves, but believe suburban ideals have been engineered into the streetscape. While not opposed to high density, critics cite the project's isolation as a potential hindrance to the future health of the fledgling community. They believe that as with other Toronto high rise developments in the past, CityPlace's lack of interconnectedness with the surrounding city may lead to ghettoization of residents. Others believe community prosperity may be affected by the upward mobility of current purchasers. A lack of large units deters families from choosing CityPlace as a desirable place to live, threatening to recreate the conditions experienced in St. James Town and Regent Park. Some (including major figures in the industry), have questioned the sustainability of such large projects. However, as the debate continues, proponents with a more optimistic views towards Cityplace's future have cited recent developments such Canoe Landing Park, the rising prestige of the adjacent King West area and other future developments on the horizon in the Toronto Entertainment District as evidence of Cityplace's success.
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