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    Toronto | West Park Healthcare Centre | 27.74m | 6s | West Park | Montgomery Sisam

    Working is progressing quickly on site. Took this last week while lining up for a vaccine.
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    Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Landform Project

    Steadily working away! Pretty great that the Leslie Spit provides an accessible vantage point to the project.
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    UrbanToronto contributor Jasonzed - Jason Zytynsky - has passed away

    Such a sad loss to his family, friends, and our UT community. He, his photos, and contributions will be missed. Rest in peace.
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    Toronto | 290 Old Weston Road | 98.55m | 29s | i-Squared | TACT Architecture

    While transition to neighbourhoods may have merit in some cases, these homes along Old Weston will not be long for this world. Someone will scoop them up and go for a 8-storey midrise there one day. We're building a new station, railpath connection, new streets and to not build in sufficient...
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    158 Borough Drive (Housing Now, 27 + 37s, Diamond Schmitt)

    This is a great example of doing it better! Matching what the private sector has already done, and then including important amenities like childcare and landscaping. Hope whatever changes come are additive and don't subtract for the good amount of units and public amenity here.
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    Toronto | BMO Field Renovations | ?m | ?s | MLSE | Gensler

    Great find! I suspect they'll pursue a temporary North Stand Expansion and close the road between the Better Living Centre on a temporary basis. Fitting in new temporary scoreboards at the corners or within the temporary North stands doesn't seem do disruptive. Once the World Cup is over, they...
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    Toronto | Pier 27 Phase 3 | ?m | 45s | Cityzen | a—A

    I suspect the City will be generally supportive of this direction this with the caveat that they can negotiate significant S.37 funds for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal/Yonge Slip parkland. Getting funding, especially for the ferry terminal has been a key focus for a number of recent waterfront...
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    Eglinton West LRT | Metrolinx

    Fyi. They've started doing core sampling along Eglinton from Weston to the Humber River. Saw at least 3 rigs set up and working
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    1500-1536 St Clair Ave W (Alterra/Distrikt, ?s, Sweeny&Co)

    Linking this planning study the City did in 2009. The city developed some potential massing concepts in it. But generally 3 buildings on site is what they expect Note that a large chunk of the site is neutralized due to rail corridor setbacks. Report...
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    Toronto | 990 Bloor West | 38.25m | 11s | Sierra | RAW Design

    I think this design style has some more promise to it. In the end the materials execution will decide. The potential grade level art is nice and the retail unit isnt large enough for any traditional big box style (shoppers, Rexall) at only 238 sqm. For comparison the Rexall at Queen and...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    While it's not coming back. The benefit of the Relief Line using TTC vehicles was that Obico Yard was available for relatively uncontentious and easy yard expansion to service the vehicles But different fleet means different yard and here we are.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Oof. It's like Metrolinx saying "hi there large important immigrant and lower income community! Do you mind if we bulldoze 3 culturally-important uses for a noisy railyard and develop what's left with some condos which will be out of your price range?" It's disasterous PR and and a good way to...
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    Toronto | ORCA Project | ?m | ?s | P.I.T.S. | Safdie & Associates

    They worked on a building in Hamilton on King William & James IIRC. I suppose their pension arm is getting big into the real estate game with this funding capital. The project is still before the LPAT and is far from a done deal so it's a very long waiting game they are playing here. Keep in...
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    Toronto | Union Park | 303m | 58s | Oxford Properties | Pelli Clarke Pelli

    Sent an email expressing these concerns :) Hopefully future revisions are more promising.
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    Toronto | Union Park | 303m | 58s | Oxford Properties | Pelli Clarke Pelli

    How many times before we learn that monotonous block-long glass walls are not a desirable ground realm? Add some variation in texture/materials, crimp the glass in sections to provide some intrigue, introduce a little colour, and yes provide the patios it seems they already are. The designers...