Toronto's Midtown area, centred at intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, continues to rank among the city's most desirable neighbourhoods. With construction on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line well underway, the area is expected to see new developments spring up well through the foreseeable future.
That future is already being written by construction crews, architects, planners, and development teams as a number of active construction projects, proposals and approved projects in marketing continue to progress. From Erskine Avenue to the north down to Merton Street to the south, developments on and surrounding Yonge Street make up a large bulk of the projects in the area. To give you a better idea of how much the neighbourhood will transform over the coming months, we have compiled a guide on growth to watch out for in 2014.
The Berwick, a 17-storey condominium by Andrin Homes and The Brown Group of Companies, started off 2014 topped off and seeing its first panels of cladding. The Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed project at the corner of Duplex and Berwick is slated to take in its first residents later this year.
Just south of Davisville Station, Cresford Developments' Merton Yonge Condominiums (MYC) is topped off and almost fully clad. The 24-storey, architectsAlliance-designed tower is set to see its first occupants in a few months.
A couple blocks to the north, Greenpark Homes’ Allure Condos now stands 7 storeys over Yonge Street, with 3 levels left to build before the Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed building is topped off.
Just northwest of the Yonge and Eglinton intersection, Pemberton Group and Camrost-Felcorp’s Neon Condos is now above ground at the corner of Duplex and Orchard View. The Graziani + Corazza Architects-designed building will rise 20 storeys and contain 218 units.
A block and a half east of Neon, Minto Group’s 30Roe is currently having concrete poured for its underground floors. Once it reaches ground level later this year, the Wallman Architects-designed condominium tower will start its climb to a height of 34 storeys.
A little further east, KG Group's 15-storey, Kirkor Architects-designed rental building, 299 Roehampton, is currently two storeys below grade - and rising - across the street from Northern Secondary School.
Another development soon to reach ground level is Madison Homes’ eponymous “The Madison”. The development will consist of 36 and 33-storey towers rising from an 8-storey mixed-use podium slated to contain a Loblaws supermarket for the booming area.
At the corner of Yonge and Eglinton, Riocan’s aging Yonge-Eglinton Centre is currently getting a much needed facelift. The neighbourhood shopping destination is not only seeing a complete overhaul of its interior spaces, but also a new Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed addition to replace much of the southern outdoor plaza with new retail space. Some day, each of the centre's office tower may be extended several more storeys into the air too.
The Yonge and Davisville area will have two more projects to watch out for in 2014, as site prep and shoring is now underway at Chestnut Hill's 13-storey Life Condos at 68 Merton, and at Shiplake Management's Balliol Park two-tower 120 Balliol infill development, which will bring 522 new rental units to the area.
Several more projects are currently in sales throughout the area, including Tridel and Beaux Properties’ 101 Erskine, Freed Developments and CD Capital’s 155 Redpath, Tower Hill Development's 2221 Yonge,nd finally Bazis, Metropia and Riocan’s E Condos which we have done a lot of reporting on. These will be the next projects to go under construction in the area.
Projects which won't break ground this year, but which may go into sales, are several proposals which are currently making their way through the planning process. These proposals include 2131 Yonge (a.k.a the Art Shoppe Condos), 11 Lillian, 2360 Yonge, Montgomery Square, 31-37 Helendale, and 90 Eglinton West. There hasn't been much movement on that last one in a while, but expect it and more proposals right on the site of the subway station to surface in coming years as the LRT gets closer to opening.
With so much on the horizon, we look forward to watching the Yonge and Eglinton area continue to grow through 2014 and beyond. For additional information and renderings about the projects mentioned in this article, check out the dataBase pages listed below.