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101 Yorkville 
101 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
Developer: First Capital Realty, Greybrook Realty Partners

101 Yorkville | 19m | 4s | First Capital | NEUF

Discussion in 'Buildings' started by AlbertC, Dec 23, 2017.

  1. AlbertC

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    It will entail redevelopment of that entire structure (the one probably most known for housing Over the Rainbow and Summer's Ice Cream).

    It's actually quite a large site, and expect a new mid-block connection from Yorkville to Cumberand here.
     
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    So much change in the neighborhood for the better I believe.
     
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    There is office space in there as well; an optometrist office among other businesses.
     
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    Any renderings of the replacement? This terraced building is no landmark, but it's quite pleasant in the streetscape. It provides direct and inviting access to two levels of retail space right from the sidewalk. The unusual massing is quite visually engaging. Look at how people are lingering on the steps in the street view shot. They find it pleasant enough to want to stop there and rest. One hopes that any replacement will build on its strengths.
     
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    I'm worried about losing exactly that -- this is essentially the lone public gathering place on Yorkville (Cumberland has the rock and the cafe-style seating); on summer evenings, the steps outside Summer's are packed with people, there's usually a musician, and the street is just alive. Unless we're pleasantly surprised by the design here, that vibrancy will be lost and the neighbourhood will be worse for it.
     
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    Haha. Yes my optometrist is in that building. She is relocating to Manulife she said.

    I don’t want to see this go. It is precisely this type of architecture that makes Yorkville what it is.
     
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    This property is owned by Lixo Investments, one of the larger private landlords in Yorkville behind first Capital and others.They have other properties in Yorkville including 70,84,86,88 90 Yorkville etc. There has been talk as far back as 2013 that this was going to be redeveloped. Rumor mill starterd gaining traction after the fire at their other property in 2014.
     
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    There's a very quintessential feeling about this building that captures the pedestrian essence of the area. As described above by others, the exterior steps and multi-leveled retail create a very welcoming experience for activity. This along with Old York Lane are what comes to mind for me when setting an image of Yorkville.
     
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    Very true, it's too bad these esthetics don't translate into a profitable commercial option. People are increasingly older, fatter and unwilling to expend minimal effort to explore a shop involves stairs.

    btw is the auto-correct on steroids? Any sort of correction pulls me into some morass of cascading errors.
     
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    Pedestrian Mews is good. This retail does not appear as fine grained as I would have liked for Yorkville though. And those giant empty wall spaces are extremely boring.
     
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    How is this an improvement?
     
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    The concept of half upstairs and half downstairs just isn't popular. Ive noticed other retail locations around town where retail spaces NOT at grade seem to struggle. This was a 70's concept that was at that time novel. It will be sad to loose the steps but keep in mind this is private space not public. There does seem to be a pattern where there are wide stairs in a busy 'public' space people are drawn to the stairs on a pleasant sunny day. This does not however make it necessarily a successful retail location.
     
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    Since Chanel, Louboutin, Brunello Cucinelli, Celine & Jimmy Choo are all rumoured to be forming a high-end retail colony on Yorkville, it looks like this property is being redeveloped to accommodate more and larger spaces for high-end brands. Sad to lose one of the more interesting buildings - but Rodeo Drive north seems to be the direction that whole area is going.
     
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