MOD Developments and their Massey Tower team have helped transform a neglected park into a vibrant space for the Celebrate Yonge Festival. Located beside their presentation centre at 197 Yonge Street, the green space has been refurbished to plug into the hive of activity along the stretch of Yonge Street running between Dundas and Queen. Serving as a site for live music during the festival, MOD Developments' contribution to the public realm through the rejuvenation of the privately owned parkette will have a beneficial, if only temporary, impact on an area of the city with a deficit of green spaces. Below are several images that show the effects of the transformation.

Refurbished parkette at the presentation centre for Massey Tower Condos, TorontoLooking through the parkette towards Yonge Street, image courtesy of MOD Developments

Refurbished parkette at the presentation centre for Massey Tower Condos, TorontoA view towards to stage, image courtesy of MOD Developments

Refurbished parkette at the presentation centre for Massey Tower Condos, TorontoThe park & stage as seen from Yonge Street, image courtesy of MOD Developments

The project associated with this renewal is Massey Tower Condos which will rise from the historic bank building partially visible on the right of the image above. Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, the 60-storey condo follows the template set by MOD Developments' FIVE Condos in that it melds a contemporary residential project with the retention and restoration of a sizable heritage property. In this instance, it is the classical and imposing Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Building at 197 Yonge Street. Designed by Darling & Pearson, the ornate branch was opened in 1905 and operated until 1987. As with FIVE Condos, restoration work will be undertake by E.R.A Architects. To see images of the interior, check out our story on the heritage project here.

MOD Developments' Massey Tower Condos, Toronto.Rendering of Massey Tower Condos, image courtesy of MOD Developments

MOD Developments' Massey Tower Condos, Toronto.Rendering of glass-clad retail space, image courtesy of MOD Developments

MOD Developments' Massey Tower Condos, Toronto.The refurbished 197 Yonge Street will serve as the lobby for the condo, image courtesy of MOD Developments

For additional renderings and information, a link to our dataBase entry can be found below along with other stories we've published on the development. To take part in the discussion, visit the Forum thread here.