In the span of less than two decades, Concord Adex's master-planned CityPlace community has reimagined a large swath of former railway lands into a vertical community with several high-rise towers and thousands of residents. Back in August of 2009, construction had recently topped off for Panorama at Concord CityPlace, a 28-storey Quadrangle Architects-designed condominium tower at 38 Dan Leckie Way, steps east of the Bathurst and Lake Shore intersection.

Throwback Thursday, Lake Shore Boulevard, CityPlace, Toronto38 Dan Leckie Way under construction, August 2009, image by Marcus Mitanis

Fast forward to 2016, and a slightly wider view reveals a completed Panorama at Concord CityPlace. The view has been joined by Quartz and Spectra, 41 and 39-storey condominium towers on Queens Wharf Road on the other side of the Gardiner. The long-disused four-storey Loblaw Groceterias Building visible in the foreground of the image above is now in the process of being carefully dismantled to make way for West Block Est. 1928 and Lake Shore Towers, a mixed-use development where the reassembled heritage facade will front a new Loblaws and ancillary stores. New head offices for Joe Fresh will be built on top, while a pair of Concord Adex-built condominium towers will be built up against the Gardiner.

Throwback Thursday, Lake Shore Boulevard, CityPlace, TorontoCompleted 38 Dan Leckie Way and the historic Loblaw Groceterias Building being disassembled, January 2016, image by Jack Landau

We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!