Since the project was announced and ground was broken earlier this year, demolition, shoring, and excavation work has been progressing quickly at the site of Daniels Waterfront: City of the Arts. While that work goes on in public, more preparation work continues behind the scenes for the upcoming residential components in the 1,320,000 square foot, $700 million project.
The first phase of Daniels Waterfront, located on the southern half of the site, will feature paired office buildings by RAW Design, offering 280,000 square feet of space, plus a 150,000 square foot 'Creative Industries Hub', and 27,000 square feet of retail space at grade. Several tenants have been announced for the under-construction office space, including non-profit arts development organization Artscape, talent management firm Last Gang Entertainment, entertainment law firm Taylor Klein Oballa LLP, non-profit organization The Remix Project, and arts and culture organization Manifesto.
With an expected occupancy of Spring 2018, this major addition of commercial space will be an integral part of the community, adding employment space that will help balance out the waterfront's increasingly residential population.
While excavation is well under way at the south end of the site where the office component will rise, the existing office/warehouse building on the north half of the site is expected to remain in place until this fall, when it will be taken down to make way for the rest of Daniels Waterfront. The north half will feature two residential towers with a combined total of 900 suites and 650,000 square feet of residential space rising above a 240,000 square foot joint campus for George Brown College and OCAD University, all designed by Giannone Petricone Associates Inc.
The first of the residential buildings is being marketed as the Lighthouse Tower, and is now taking registrations.
Residents of Daniels Waterfront will find that a vibrant community space has been created to connect the residential, academic, and commercial components. To be called "The Yard", the space will be an intimate brick-paved laneway lined with retail, cafes, with entrances to the various commercial and institutional uses, typically staying lively into the evenings.
An extension of the popular Canada's Sugar Beach park from across Queens Quay will also be a part of the development, designed by renowned Claude Cormier + Associés, directly linking Daniels Waterfront: City of the Arts to the great revitalization currently being shepherded all along "Toronto's Blue Edge" by Waterfront Toronto.
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