It's amazing how some threads can end up in the middle of page two in just a few short days!
Below, CASA & BSN from Breadalbane Street today
^ That empty lot is looking pretty sorry isn't it? The only thing missing is some tumbleweeed. Isn't it supposed to be a park?
I think it was supposed to be an Opera House once upon a time.
Isn't that the proposal for rentals on Bay? Yea Opera I think, they actually have a sales center there I think ... or at least you can register online.
Yes, this is between Breadalbane & Wellesley and was to be part of the Opera Place complex. It's been fenced off for several years now and I believe there is, or was a proposal for the site but I don't believe there is a sales office on site. This site is begging for intensification, perhaps during the next cycle something substantial will come of this location.
the topic is not really Casa related ... but this site originally formed phase 4+5 of the "Opera Place" development that would have consisted of 5 towers, a shared condo rec centre and a park, Goldlist was the developer who ended up building only the first 2 buildings (being 17s Opera Place and 27s Allegro @ Opera Place), the third tower was built by Morguard REIT as a 35s rental building (The Bay Club)I could swear there was a proposal at one point ... at least something more then an empty plot of land.
Either way I recall it wasn't anything to write home about, I'd rather this lot (very large lot of land let me add) stay vacant until something worth it is proposed.
I was somewhat surprised when I first saw it, given that CASA is not even halfway up yet, but it is clearly visible from the Yonge/Bloor intersection and a very astute move to take advantage of the cleared lot that will be 1 BE. I expect that the sales office will get at least a few inquiries as the building continues to go up. BTW, the glass windows look great - grey-ish with a hint of aqua, and a bit of a reflective gloss. The building will be a shimmering eye-catcher. Now, if they could just settle on the paint shade for under the balconies. I believe the pure white is a no-go. My preference would have been a shade of grey so as not to create too much contrast (as in the artists renderings). On a financial note, given the prices at 1BE, but also the current economic crisis, would it be fair to say that these units should start in the $600 psf range, even today?A huge 6 storey advertising banner just went up today on the northwest corner of the building. It's pushing Casa & BSN.