The development of North York City Centre is moving at a rapid-fire pace, having its own distinct skyline that seems to be growing each day, and an increasingly younger demographic of individuals who want to live in Toronto without being in the middle of the downtown core. Today’s Project of the Day, the Hullmark Centre, is an interesting development currently under construction at the corner of Yonge and Sheppard — one that will surely change the area and how residents interact with and perceive NYCC.
The Hullmark Centre is a joint development by Tridel and Hullmark, and is designed by Kirkor Architects. The project will contain office space, retail frontage as well as two condominium towers, bringing a variety of land uses to the site and setting an example for how developers should be approaching large-site new builds. A large public plaza fronts the project, enlarging the corner of Yonge and Sheppard and ensuring the high-rise development doesn’t impose itself upon or overshadow the street.
The Hullmark Centre will be located directly across the street from the highly anticipated Emerald Park Condominiums, developed by Metropia, Bazis and Plazacorp. Emerald Park will also be a mixed-use development, providing some friendly competition to the Hullmark Centre. The photo below shows the Hullmark Centre’s hoarding on the right, with Emerald Park on the left, taken earlier this year.
Recent Forum discussion has seen talk about the transportation infrastructure in place, as well as the recent re-working of Sheppard Subway Station. Although NYCC is north of the 401 and often perceived to be a more car-inclined area, it has an opportunity to become a truly innovative public transportation hub; located directly atop the Yonge subway line with a GO bus interchange, some investment here could go a long way. The Hullmark Centre will be directly above the Sheppard line, and will feature direct underground access to the TTC.
As we enter the colder months we see construction nearing — and in some cases rising — to above-ground level, finishing work on the basement and beginning the climb up to the top of the 49- and 35-storey towers. We’ll leave you with updated construction photos, as well as a link here to the project and construction forum.