December was yet another busy month for UrbanToronto. Our top news story focused on a proposed expansion of the Holt Renfrew location at Square One in Missisauga, while the Forum was once again dominated by the popular Aura at College Park project thread. In the dataBase section, our long-time busiest page, the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, has been dethroned by an unlikely candidate…


New Holt Renfrew at Square One (ongoing design work), image from Janson Goldstein LLP

1. Square One Expands with Holt Renfrew and More Walkable Surroundings

2. Plans Evolving for Oxford's Cumberland Terrace Redevelopment

3. Plans for 1 Yorkville Crystallizing as New Renderings Released

4. Mirvish+Gehry Development Negotiations To Continue

5. A Year of Impressive Growth in Toronto's New Southcore

6. First Rendering of River City's Third Phase Released

7. Metrolinx and Hydro One Announce EA for Union Pearson Express

8. Toronto: City of Construction Webcams

9. Progress Accelerating at Bayside by Hines and Tridel

10. Hotel X Crane Now Towers over Exhibition Place



It should come as no surprise that Aura at College Park has retained it’s title as the busiest project thread. The behemoth at Yonge and Gerrard is nearly topped out, with its distinctive roof feature expected to make its debut on the skyline in the coming months.

Aura at College Park as seen on December 30th, image by Jack Landau

1. Aura at College Park

2. L Tower

3. Bay Adelaide East

4. ICE Condos

5. Theatre Park

6. One Bloor East

7. RBC WaterPark Place III

8. 1-7 Yonge

9. 1 Yorkville

10. Mirvish+Gehry



With a crane now up on site, people are starting to take notice of Hotel X, which will rise 27 storeys from the southeast edge of Exhibition Place.

Rendering of Hotel X at Exhibition Place

1. Hotel X

2. Aura at College Park

3. 88 Scott Street

4. One Bloor East

5. Mirvish+Gehry 

6. 1 Yorkville

7. Bay Adelaide East

8. L Tower 

9. ICE Condos 

10. Queen Richmond Centre West 


We will be back tomorrow for a rundown of 2013's most popular Forum threads, news stories and dataBase listings! 

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