Toronto 875 Queen East | ?m | 7s | Harhay | OFFICEArchitecture

Between this and the restoration work at 728 Yonge, looks like silver cornices are in:

Tin cornices were very "in" until most of them were stripped away due to fashion and cheap property owners. I wish the city had the ability to mandate they be put back.
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Like the scale of the building but I have to say that I don't like the brick as much as I did in the last render I saw.
A&W, Freshii and Circle K. 4 still unleased.

I should have put this up last week:

June 17, 2021​
Mayor John Tory and Councillor Paula Fletcher help reopen Red Door Family Shelter
Red Door Family Shelter, one of Toronto’s oldest operating family shelters, reopened its doors today at a ceremony led by Mayor John Tory and Councillor Paula Fletcher (Toronto-Danforth), who championed the project. The innovative shelter, integrated into a private residential condo building at its original location on the corner of Booth Avenue and Queen Street East in Leslieville, is now purpose-built and will house families in more than 100 beds each night.​
In May 2015, City Council approved the purchase of 20,000 square feet of space – the shelter portion of the total space in the new building -- for $7.4 million. The City of Toronto, Harhay Development and the Red Door Family Shelter participated in a unique arrangement that saw the redevelopment of the original church site into condos, with the Red Door Shelter occupying four floors. This is the first condo development in Toronto to incorporate a shelter into a private residential development. The City owns the shelter property, provides funding for operating costs and is leasing it back to the Red Door for a nominal fee. During the redevelopment, the Red Door Family Shelter leased 1430 Gerrard St. E. from the City, where they operated their emergency shelter.​
City Council’s decision on City support for the Red Door Shelter is available at:​
The new Red Door provides private bedrooms and bathrooms to families and enhanced facilities including an outdoor children’s play area, a dedicated food bank, a communal dining and social area and a commercial kitchen. The family shelter is woven into the fabric of the Leslieville community, with Red Door families supported by local community and health centres, schools and other local services.​
As part of the ceremony, Councillor Fletcher was presented with a plaque from the Red Door for her leadership, dedication and service to saving the shelter and supporting countless generations of Torontonians that rely on agencies for housing and support services.​

Red Door representatives Ann Elliott (President and Chair, Board of Directors) and Carol Latchford (Executive Director) were joined by special guests Chris Harhay (President, Harhay Developments); Louise Blais, past Red Door resident; Mayor Tory and Councillor Fletcher to open the new shelter.​
Since 1982, Red Door Family Shelter has provided emergency shelter and support for women and children affected by intimate partner abuse, families experiencing a housing crisis and refugee claimants. The Red Door Family Shelter, which takes its name from the red front door of the former church that signaled a safe haven, provides support to families every year. The average length of stay for shelter residents is approximately five months.​
More information about the Red Door Family Shelter can be found at​
The retail here is superb. If everyone did it this well, I wonder if there'd be less opposition to main-street redevelopment. Narrow units, a variety of users, very good detailing on the building. What's not to like?

Mostly agree.

But the balconies for the 2nd floor literally on top of the retail signage w/zero separation doesn't work.

Doesn't require much, just an extra foot or so, with some visual cue separating the retail from the residential.

Otherwise, fully agree, it's certainly well above average.

A huge part of opposition to development at any scale, is development done badly.

That's certainly not the entirety of it; and there are scales and types of development that would get blowback if they were exquisite; but we could certainly see more, easier intensification with more thoughtful attention to what pleases the eye as is seen here.
The retail here is superb. If everyone did it this well, I wonder if there'd be less opposition to main-street redevelopment. Narrow units, a variety of users, very good detailing on the building. What's not to like?
I spent last Saturday on a patio across the street admiring this building (among other things), and I have to whole-heartedly agree. This building is just excellent, my only problem is the selection of mostly chain retailers as tenants. Easily one of the best midrises in the city.