The Fort York neighbourhood has seen much growth over the past decade. The rapid filling in of the railway lands west of the CN Tower has transformed underutilized fields of gravel and cracked pavement into a fledgling high-rise community.
Rising from Fort York Blvd just east of Bathurst St., Context Developments' Library District Condominiums has almost reached the halfway point of its climb to 29 storeys. The name of the project comes from the 15,000 square-foot Fort York Boulevard Public Library now under construction at the base of the tower.
The KPMB Architects design playfully incorporates vivid green and yellow cladding, colours chosen to reflect nearby green spaces such as Fort York, Canoe Landing Park and the future Mouth of the Creek Park, which will sit adjacent to the library.
The first signs of cladding were spotted on the second floor of the tower earlier this month. While the much anticipated podium glass has not yet arrived, the second and third floors are now almost fully clad in a dark green glass, accented by blue, yellow and green spandrel stripes.
Once completed in late 2013, residents will have access to amenities such as a sauna, entertainment room and a roof deck with sweeping panoramic views of the city. The Bathurst streetcar runs immediately west of the building, although with such a prime location many residents simply won’t need to commute. In addition to the namesake public library, Library District Condos is within walking distance of Harbourfront as well as several parks, King West’s assortment of restaurants and attractions like the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre.
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