Now obviously if there is anything to come of this, it is in its early stages. I can speak for its authenticity.
J Will responded to skepticism.
A friend of mine works independently (out of his home) as an architect. I was over at his place and saw this picture on his wall (surely you can tell that the image I posted is not an original file, you can see the flash from my camera in the middle of the picture). I asked him what it was, and I've already shared nearly everything he told me with you guys. I don't know who it's for, what other firm(s) he may be working with, etc. What he told me is that it's a mixed use tower (the city wants some office space in new buildings this close to the financial district, as they're worried about running out of space for office buildings if nothing but condos are built), and would rise over 1000 feet. The other information he shared with me is that their may be some sort of connection under the train tracks to the GO Bus station, which is immediately to the north of this on the other side of the train tracks.
I'm offended by the suggestion that because this hasn't been made public yet I am a liar. Throughout my post history, is their anything to suggest that I have the ability to fake a rendering of a building? I have just about the worst artistic, visual, and creative skills of anyone in the world. My friend told me that it was ok to share this picture, and I thought the forum would be interested. Had I known it would create this negative reaction, I'd have kept it to myself.
If this isn't good enough, I ask that you just lock it instead of deleting it. If this, or a modified version of this ever goes to the city for approval, I want to be able to point to this thread.
You think so? From the West it would appear almost behind CN Tower, as well as Maple Leaf Square, which is also of respectable height. It would totally throw off perspective coming from the East as well as from the Islands, though.
i really like the design, and there's always been talk about a big commercial building on the site, but i'm skeptical as to whether this is a real proposal, or if it was just a fantasy drawing.
that said, there has been some work done on that site recently. they've shrunk the size of the parking lot, and it looks like they're getting ready to put in new sidewalks and landscaping along the south side of it
This looks like an exciting project. It's exactly the kind of thing that should be located on that site. I'd be thirilled if it turned out to be real.
I just don't people on these forums who go crazy every time a rumour is posted. I can't understand why it makes them so angry. If I just wanted to hear about projects that were already released, I could read newspapers and the City website. The great thing about a forum like this is that we can hear little details before a project is announced.
I received a package from CB Richard Ellis Limited back in May with that 'fantasy' rendering on it suggesting what could be done with the site. The site was for sale and to help promote the sale of the property a flashy rendering was attached to the front of the document.
I posted something on this several months ago regarding the potential density for the site, but neglected to include the fantasy rendering simply because it wasn't actually a propsed tower.
Some text from the Document distributed back in the spring:
"CB Richard Ellis Limited ("CBRE") has been retained on an exclusive basis to arrange the sale of 45 Bay Street, Toronto, a premier development site located south of Union Station on
the east side of Bay Street in downtown Torontoâ€™s Greater Core (the â€œPropertyâ€). At 2.3 acres, the Property offers investors an opportunity to acquire a large, strategically located development property with outstanding access to transportation amenities and the Financial Core."
"1.2 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF DOWNTOWN DENSITY
45 Bay Street is currently zoned for approximately 1.2 million square feet of office density. The size and strategic location of the Property support a wide range of uses and unique development opportunities.
TORONTOâ€™S NEWEST AND MOST PRESTIGOUS BAY STREET ADDRESS
Bay Street is Canadaâ€™s most prestigious professional address and headquarters to the countryâ€™s top financial and legal institutions. The Property represents an ideal opportunity to purchase one of Torontoâ€™s premier development sites, with an enviable Bay Street address.
STRONG CONDO MARKET
Sales of high-rise condominium developments across the GTA have been trending upward year over year since 2000. In fact, builders that traditionally focused only on low-rise projects are beginning to favour high-rise development due to the shortage of low density residential sites.
DECLINING OFFICE VACANCIES AND INCREASING RENTS
After peaking at 12.0% in 3Q 2003, Financial Core vacancy rates have experienced a sharp decline due to positive leasing fundamentals. Following a 610 basis point improvement, office vacancy rates are now at lows not seen since 2001. Declining vacancy rates, positive absorption and increasing fundamentals are projected to continue.
UNPARALELLED ACCESS AND TRANSPORTATION OPPORTUNITIES
45 Bay Street offers superior transportation and access due to the Propertyâ€™s strategic location. Union Station, adjacent to west, handles an estimated 160,000 train and bus passengers daily and provides access to the TTCâ€™s University and Yonge subway lines and services the GTAâ€™s surrounding communities. Vehicle access to the Property is also superior due to its connection to Lakeshore Blvd. and the Gardiner Expressway immediately to the south
DIMINISHING SUPPLY OF DEVELOPABLE LAND
The availability of developable land inventory across the GTA in general, and the subject Property in particular, is rapidly declining. The Provinceâ€™s Greenbelt legislation has severely restricted land supply and development opportunities across the entire region. Recently completed, ongoing and planned residential and commercial development opportunities around the Property have further reduced development opportunities in the surrounding area.
HIGH QUALITY AMENITIES
Over the past several years, ongoing development in the area surrounding the Property has led to further improved amenities and services for nearby residents and tenants. With additional commercial and residential developments in the area, in conjunction with immediate proximity to the Financial Core, Entertainment District and Harbour Front all support the Propertyâ€™s anticipated success under a variety of development scenarios and uses.