Toronto's Yonge and Eglinton area has been in a continuous state of transformation for a few years now, as new condominium towers populate the area surrounding the bustling Midtown intersection. Back in 2007, the northeast corner of the Yonge-Eglinton intersection was home to a collection of low-rise retail and commercial properties, including a TD Bank branch—which existed in multiple iterations over the last several decades—occupying the corner. A Burger King fast food restaurant, and a beauty supply store stood to the east on the north side of Eglinton. Out of view in the image below, four 2-storey buildings that included a kitchen store, photo supply store, and a bakery stood to the north on Yonge Street.
Fast forward 9 years, and all the buildings mentioned above have been demolished to make way for the 58-storey E Condos by Bazis, Metropia, and RioCan. Construction is also underway on the Rosario "Roy" Varacalli-designed development's 38-storey rental tower to the northeast, just out view in the image below. The 27-storey south tower of Tridel's Republic of Yonge and Eglinton is visible on the left edge of the photo, an addition that was completed in 2010. To the east on Eglinton Avenue, a lane restriction can be seen at the site of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT's east extraction shaft, where two massive tunnel boring machines will soon arrive, completing tunnelling of the new transit line.
A wider view reveals additional changes, including the north tower crane of E Condos, the topped-off and largely-clad Minto30Roe Condos, and the completed north tower of Republic of Yonge and Eglinton. At the far left of the image, a new addition to the Yonge-Eglinton Centre has replaced a former windswept plaza, increasing the complex's street presence. At the far right, a sliver of The Madison's 36-storey west tower can be seen.
We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!