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Located on Lake Ontario in downtown Toronto, the 5.5 hectare (13.5 acres) 3C site is positioned between Cherry Street and Lake Shore Blvd East, just south of the Gardiner Expressway. A large-scale mixed-use urban development with 223,000 square metres (2.4 million square feet) of residential, commercial, office, retail, and parking space, the 3C development is committed to creating a generous public realm. The constraints imposed on the project’s four sides, such as the Keating Channel to the south, Parliament Slip to the west, the railway corridor to the north, and the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard to the north and east, create opportunities for important urban links that also serve as signature public spaces. One important urban threshold is the Red Brick Promenade, a large concourse and passageway that leads north-south from the popular Distillery District through a sequence of public spaces along the Trinity Street axis, ultimately culminating at what will become the third urban beach on the Toronto waterfront - Whisky Beach. Positioned to optimize the last long view across the harbour before narrowing at the Keating Channel, Whisky Beach occupies the triangular space resulting from the gradual parting of the Water’s Edge Promenade from the dock wall along the lake. Between Whisky Beach and the Distillery is Trinity Plaza, a large civic space accented by the giant interactive amber-coloured Whisky Fountain. Dousing beach-goers as they cool down, the fountain will also create a strong signature against the horizon of Lake Ontario.
Description adapted from the Claude Cormier + Associates website.
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