The battle for tallest tower in the city is heating up! UrbanToronto spoke to an anonymous source at City Hall who is intimate with the Oxford proposal for the redevelopment of Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Oxford Place. According to this City Hall insider, Oxford is planning for three of the proposed towers to be taller than the 80-storey towers currently proposed for the Mirvish + Gehry block. What will no doubt shake up the development community is that the two eastern towers — those that will contain residential units and commercial space — are seeking 326 metres/1,070 feet each.
If this proposal goes forward these two buildings would be classified as supertalls, buildings that are over 300 metres/984 feet tall as stated by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. In 2011 there were approximately 54 such buildings that had been "completed and occupied" around the world. If completed these would be the first supertalls in Toronto.
We’ll definitely be following this development closely, and keeping an eye out for planning documents as they become available. For more information on both the Oxford Place redevelopment and the Mirvish + Gehry towers, head over to the dataBase links below, or join the discussion on the associated project thread.