This morning, Shanghai-based developer Greenland Group broke ground on their King Blue development, located at the intersection of King Street West and Blue Jays Way in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District. The project will feature 44 and 48-storey condominium towers, containing 910 residential units ranging in price between $299,000 to $1,000,000, as well as Theatre Museum Canada, and a newly announced 122-room luxury Primus boutique hotel.

King Blue Condos, Greenland Group, Toronto, Page + Steele / IBI GroupSite of King Blue Condos, image by Jack Landau

The event, held in a large tent on the site of the development, was attended by several notable people including Mayor John Tory and Henry Cao, President of Greenland Group (Canada), celebrating the Fortune Global 500 company's entry into the Canadian real estate market.

King Blue Condos, Greenland Group, Toronto, Page + Steele / IBI GroupGroundbreaking event for King Blue Condos, image by Jack Landau

“Canada has proven to be a strong real estate market for many years now and we envision a future here that allows us to contribute to this economic prosperity", said Henry Cao. "Not only are we pleased to launch real estate projects in Canada but also to create jobs such as the opening of a new downtown hotel. Canada has been very welcoming and we are pleased to bring our expertise to this market.”

King Blue Condos, Greenland Group, Toronto, Page + Steele / IBI GroupHenry Cao, President of Greenland Group (Canada), image by Jack Landau

Mayor John Tory also spoke of the positive effect that large mixed-use developments such as King Blue are bringing to the Downtown Core.

King Blue Condos, Greenland Group, Toronto, Page + Steele / IBI GroupMayor John Tory, image by Jack Landau

Guests were treated to valet parking, food, drinks, and music played on traditional Chinese instruments. After refreshments and remarks, the group moved outside the confines of the tent for the official groundbreaking ceremony.

King Blue Condos, Greenland Group, Toronto, Page + Steele / IBI GroupCeremonial groundbreaking at the King Blue Condos site, image by Jack Landau

From left to right in the image above, we can see Ivan Poloni, V.P. Estimating, at EllisDon, Yu Jianwei, Commercial Consul of the Chinese Consulate, Mansoor Kazerouni, Director at Page + Steele / IBI Group, Minister Michael Chan, Xue Bing, Consulate General China in Toronto, Mayor John Tory, Henry Cao, President of Greenland Group Canada, Councillor Michael Thompson, Chair of Invest Toronto, Marlene Smith, Veteran Producer and Chair of Theatre Museum Canada, and Zhao Xiaodi, Chief Rep for CCPIT.

The announcement of a new hotel, to be called Primus Toronto, will add to Greenland Group's portfolio of over 70 luxury hotels around the world. The seven-storey hotel will be owned and operated by Greenland, offering 122 rooms in the north podium, with on-site conference facilities, and a rooftop terrace with a pool and lounge. The design of the hotel component has been tasked to B+H Architects' hospitality design team, CHIL by B+H, and is being led by Patrick Fejér, who has worked on some of the most luxurious hotels in the world.

Adding to the theatre and entertainment culture that the area is known for, the Theatre Museum Canada will occupy 10,000 square-feet of the development. "We're incredibly excited about Greenland’s plans for the project and their support of our industry. Canada has always had an abundant theatre culture, and our new home in the heart of the district is something we're very proud to see happen in the city of Toronto", said veteran producer and Chair of Theatre Museum Canada, Marlene Smith.

King Blue Condos, Greenland Group, Toronto, Page + Steele / IBI GroupRendering of Theatre Museum Canada, image courtesy of Greenland Group

With ground now broken on the development, we look forward to the upcoming shoring and excavation stages for the development. In the meantime, you can learn more by visiting our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.