The pace is picking up at the Backstage construction site in Downtown Toronto. Installation of the high lift construction crane was completed on Monday after its foundation pad was poured on the weekend. Exciting stuff indeed for those who have bought here, or for L Tower residents who own a car!*
Backstage on the Esplanade is a 36-storey glass point tower condo designed by Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, a firm which enjoys its fair share of the high-end urban market. Developed by the partnership of Cityzen, Fernbrook Homes and Castlepoint Realty Partners, the site is located at the southeast corner of Yonge and The Esplanade, south of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and the new L Tower. The south side fronts the railway corrior, with residential units starting 80 feet above rail lines.
Up until recently the spotlight has been almost entirely on the L tower, Backstage's sister project with a standout design by Studio Daniel Libeskind, just across the street… and here's where the asterisk from the opening paragraph comes in: *parking for L Tower residents will be in the Backstage underground garage. A tunnel already bored underneath The Esplanade connects the two sites.
Backstage is designed to provide a future overground PATH connection, someday reaching to the St.Lawrence Market in the east, but sooner and more significantly, consolidating the condo with Union Station, the country's central hub for inter-city and national transit, which is currently undergoing a massive revitilization.
birds eye view, image courtesy of Backstage on the Esplanade
street level entry, image courtesy of Backstage on the Esplanade
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