Since 1972, the Galleria Shopping Centre has stood at the intersection of Dupont and Dufferin streets in Toronto’s Wallace-Emerson neighbourhood. Now, Almadev is transforming the site into a masterplanned, mixed-use community, Galleria on the Park. This ambitious endeavour is bringing together residential, commercial, and public spaces across eight distinct towers and their surroundings. As a highlight of neighbourhood intensification, Galleria on the Park is building a vibrant community of nearly 3,000 units, a sprawling eight-acre park, and a state-of-the-art community centre.

Looking north to Galleria on the Park, image courtesy of Almadev

The new Wallace Emerson Community Centre, spanning 90,000 ft² with a design by Perkins&Will, will be one of the largest community centres in Toronto. It is set to offer community engagement and wellness with diverse programming, including a childcare centre, playground, gym, and swimming pools. Full fitness facilities will also boast a dance studio, running track, and outdoor skating trail.  The centre is already rapidly taking shape, and progress can be seen as it reaches two storeys above ground, with its unique shape and curvature alongside Galleria 01 and 02 beginning to emerge.

Wallace-Emerson Community Centre, image courtesy of Almadev

The centre will sit on the edge of the expansive Wallace Emerson Park, slated to be eight acres, which will form the heart of this community, offering a green sanctuary in the urban environment. It will feature three multi-functional spaces. First, the "Community Heart" will include a BMX and skateboard park, a sports court, and an ice-skating trail for year-round activity. The "Play Heart" offers a versatile green field and playful hill, inviting residents to gather, socialize, and engage in outdoor activities. Finally, the "Nature Heart" provides a tranquil setting with a treed canopy and meandering paths.

The community will also enjoy nearly 300,000 ft² dedicated to a diverse array of shops and services. From day-to-day conveniences to boutique and artisan experiences, the retail offerings are aiming for variety and vibrancy. 

Kicking off Galleria on the Park’s extensive redevelopment are Galleria 01 and 02, 24- and 29-storey high-rise buildings designed by Core Architects, introducing a sleek, modern aesthetic to the west end of the site. Having launched in late 2019, the buildings are now gearing up to open their doors to the first residents. The preparation for occupancies is in full swing, targeting the end of May, 2024, with Pre-Delivery Inspections (PDIs) slated for early May, 2024, and first occupancies shortly after.

An aerial view looking south to construction on the Wallace-Emerson Community Centre, image by Almadev

Galleria 01 and 02 offer living spaces where natural light and design excellence are paramount. These residential towers have commanding views of the park to the south and the dynamic stretch of Dupont Street to the north, with studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units. Each suite offers a sophisticated design, featuring contemporary countertops, sleek cabinetry, and built-in appliances alongside airy, open-concept kitchen and dining areas. Interiors are complemented by expansive terraces and balconies that invite the outside in.

In-suite kitchen, Galleria 01 & 02, image courtesy of Almadev

On the third floor, families will appreciate a spacious and creatively designed kids' playroom, complete with art niches and a variety of play structures to inspire young imaginations. For events and birthday celebrations, a kitchenette facilitates convenience and sociability. The building's twelfth floor offers a breadth of options for fitness enthusiasts, including an outdoor swimming pool framed by cabanas, and a state-of-the-art cardio zone, where residents can work out while enjoying views of the parkland below, complete with modern equipment, a yoga studio, and a sauna.

Fostering productivity, a co-working lounge provides a dynamic space enhanced by a calm colour palette and natural materials, reflecting the outdoor environment, while an outdoor terrace offers an intimate garden setting for social gatherings.

In-suite living room, Galleria 01 & 02, image courtesy of Almadev

While a handful of inventory Galleria 01 and 02 suites remain available, Almadev is announcing the release of new suites within Galleria III. That 31-storey second phase, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, is making tangible strides, with six of the podium’s seven storeys now complete. Its distinctive flatiron design is coming to life with the curvature of the podium already hinting at the distinctive shape that will characterize this new landmark.

Looking west to Galleria III, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects for Almadev

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