More than 15 years of development has transformed Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood from the largest—and one of the most stigmatized—social housing communities in Canada into a successful mixed-use, mixed-income neighbourhood built under modern planning principles that promote connectivity with the surrounding city, and a mix of retail and public spaces to improve pedestrian life. There is still much to be built at the five-phase revitalization from Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) and The Daniels Corporation, though most of the current construction is happening around the River and Dundas intersection, all of that part of phase 3.

The furthest along of the active phase 3 projects is EVOLV, a 29-storey market-rate apartment tower and two blocks of three-storey townhomes from The Daniels Corporation underway on Block 30 of the community. The IBI Group-designed building topped out 102 metres above the Regent Park Athletic Centre earlier this year, with cladding installation currently as high as the tower's mechanical penthouse level. Once complete, EVOLV will bring 346 market-rate rental apartments and a dozen townhome units to the area, along with ground-floor retail space.

EVOLV at Regent Park, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

Northwest of EVOLV, another market condominium complex has topped out among the row of similarly-scaled complexes lining the stretch of Dundas between Parliament and River streets. Located at the northeast corner of Dundas and Sumach, Daniels DuEast Condominiums' taller 29-storey west tower reached its final height shortly after EVOLV, while the complex's east 11-storey building topped out late last year. Cladding installation now covers all but the final few levels of the west tower, while the east mid-rise is practically fully-clad. These two Core Architects-designed buildings will bring another 437 units to the area, anchored to Dundas by ground-floor retail space.

Daniels DuEast at Regent Park, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

Just east of the DuEast site, another market condominium complex is rising above grade at the northwest corner of Dundas and River. Daniels' Artworks Tower and Artsy Boutique Condos will bring a pair of Quadrangle-designed 11 and 33-storey condominium buildings to the site, the shared podium for which now rises a few levels above grade. Once complete this project will bring 440 condominium units to the site, along with more ground-floor retail space for Dundas East.

Looking north to Artworks Tower and Artsy, image by Forum contributor bilked

Separated from the rest of Phase 3, Block 1 in the northwest corner of the community is a 2.05-acre site at Parliament and Gerrard streets, shaded in light pink below. This is the site of a proposed superkül-designed complex for The Daniels Corporation, planned with a 10-storey mid-rise building to the north and a 25-storey high-rise tower to the south, while retail and townhome uses would meet the streets below.

Block 1 and surroundings, image via submission to City of Toronto

This project is set to feature frontage on a new a new one-way southbound street connecting Oak and Gerrard, known as Dreamers Way, now practically complete.

Aerial view of Block 1 site and Dreamers Way, image by Forum contributor WislaHD

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Related Companies:  Core Architects, COUNTERPOINT ENGINEERING, EQ Building Performance Inc., IBI Group, Live Patrol Inc., NAK Design Strategies, Quadrangle, U31