Concord Adex has announced the latest addition to their Concord CityPlace community is Newton, an 18-storey condominium that will be the furthest west of all the buildings in the downtown neighbourhood. And while Newton will be Concord CityPlace's most westerly building, with so much development going on all around it, Newton will actually feel like it's ground central by the time it's complete.
Right now a walk along Bathurst Street south from Front will provide you with views. The views are good—they're of nearby new buildings, interesting adjacent construction sites, as well as long ones down the tracks to the city's core—but the street itself does not feel particularly well-connected to anything along the stretch right now. In a few years however, those current construction projects will be new homes, shops, attractions and parks, and Bathurst will have a very connected, very lively feel. Here's what's going on in the area, and how Newton fits in…
Newton's location on the east side of Bathurst Street between Fort York Boulevard and Housey Street puts it right in the middle of many things that are under construction now, or are planned for the near future.
NORTH: Newton will be right across the street from Toronto's soon to be completed 99th library and Mouth of the Creek Park immediately north of it. The library will connect you to the world, while the park will offer lots of interesting spaces for both relaxation and activity, and will connect to a major new bicycle and pedestrian pathway running for kilometres through the city, stretching east from the core, to the Waterfront trail running west, and to the West Toronto Railpath heading northwest, connecting a swath of fascinating Toronto neighbourhoods.
Go a little further north along Bathurst and cross the tracks, and a new development at Front promises to bring a new Whole Foods grocery store. A short walk beyond that is all of the great restaurants and clubs of King West and Queen West.
SOUTH: If you go south instead, you're right at the upcoming Loblaws Lake Shore redevelopment: it will be right across the street from you. Between it, Whole Foods, and the CityPlace Sobey's, you may just be in the best place in Toronto to buy groceries.
Keep going south and you will find yourself at the Waterfront Trail, the city's Harbourfront Parks, and everything that they offer, both beside the water and on it.
WEST: Cross Bathurst street to the west and you'll find yourself with plenty more recreational opportunities. Some of Toronto's most historic ground is right across the street at Fort York, soon to have a beautiful new Visitor's Centre to interpret our earliest years. Its green space also hosts several festivals during the year. It will also soon connect to June Callwood Park, a brilliant design by Toronto's gh3 that's now under construction, and Exhibition Place with its huge roster of events and games is just beyond that.
EAST: If you head east of Newton, you'll be wandering into CityPlace of course, a neighbourhood that is quickly turning into a community, where you'll find a weekly Farmer's Market during the warm part of the year, more parks and play fields, a growing selection of shops and restaurants, and Canada's largest concentration of public art pieces. Wander through it to the other end and you'll be at the SkyDome, Ripley's Aquarium, and everything else Toronto's core has to offer.
So Newton will have an enviable location, no doubt. What's inside Newton? We'll check that out another time.
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