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in.DE Condominium

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Coming Soon from Menkes – investing in the heart of the city

When it comes to downtown living, location is key, so when a building scores a near perfect Walk Score, and a 100 per cent perfect Bike and Transit Score, urban investors should not waste time.

Don’t miss the opportunity to invest in Menkes‘ newest 21-storey condominium tower in.DE, located at the corner of Dundas and Jarvis Streets, steps from everything downtown. With a booming economy, world-renowned reputation for diversity, and the downtown core population expected to soon double to over 500,000, Toronto is poised to continue its upward trajectory as a destination for investment.

The sleek tower is situated in a prime downtown location, rich with history and culture, and set within short walking distance to transit, shopping, hospitals, schools, entertainment, and more. The surrounding area is cast with popular local attractions which include: the Toronto Eaton Centre, Yonge-Dundas Square, Distillery District, St. Lawrence Market, Massey Hall, St. James Park, and two of Canada’s top universities, Ryerson University, and University of Toronto. It’s also a short walk to Bay Street (Canada’s financial capital), and home to the Toronto Stock market, and the country’s leading law and accounting firms.

Located at the centre of Toronto’s Innovation District, in.DE is set in a neighbourhood where technology, health sciences and education combine, and where technology and innovation centres are rapidly expanding. With Toronto’s $53 billion tech sector a leading sector in North America, it’s a community with enormous growth potential.

“This is such a special project because it really offers amazing convenience,” says Mimi Ng, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing at Menkes. “From in.DE, you are literally a four or five-minute walk away from everything you need. This location works for so many different buyer groups on so many levels.”

Like the vibrant and lively surrounding area, in.DE’s impeccable design also seeks to represent the best of everything. From unique architecture, and elegant interior designs, to superior amenities, Menkes has turned to the industry’s best and brightest, to create a project that will stand out in a changing neighbourhood.

Designed by the talented team at Turner Fleischer Architects, the building’s architecture compliments the curve of Dundas Street and its location at the end of a view corridor. The distinctive three-storey glass and brick podium, with its strong rectilinear form, has a gradual curve along its entire length. The tower’s brick and glass façade marries the old with new to create a distinctive structure, which will create a striking silhouette on the city skyline.

Inside the building, Patton Design Studio, one of Canada’s most celebrated interior design teams, has taken a modern, yet chic approach, which reflects the social atmosphere of the neighbourhood.

in.DE’s lobby and deluxe amenity areas have been designed to encourage a sense of community, while staying naturally elegant. The designers have thoughtfully used a variety of textures, materials and furnishings – to create inviting common spaces that will complement the lives of residents.

Building amenities include: a chic and cozy event lounge, a private dining room, a fully equipped catering kitchen, communal work area with lounge seating for collaborative work or study, a fully-equipped cardio studio with separate kickboxing and weight areas, yoga/mediation area with virtual console for classes, a play zone with table tennis and open lounge seating, and a spacious private landscaped outdoor terrace designed by NAK Design Group, which includes barbecue facilities. The building also features 24-hour concierge service, on-site bicycle storage and a luxurious hotel-styled guest suite.

in.DE will offer buyers a choice of studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two bedroom and three-bedroom suites.

Menkes is one of the most well-known and trusted home builders in Toronto, with over 60 years of history and more than 25,000 condominium units built. The company has been recognized as one of the top builders in Ontario for quality and customer service, and is also the builder of the super-luxury Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville district, and the landmark Harbour Plaza Residences and One York office tower complex in the South Core District.

Register now to be among the first to receive information about the project. Visit Menkes.com.


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Harbour Plaza

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Luxury reaches new heights in Menkes’ soaring penthouses

The excitement and curiosity about the new residential landmark by award-winning builder Menkes Developments has grown since the completion of construction at Harbour Plaza. With the final phase of occupancies expected this spring, the ultra-luxurious penthouse suites are buyers’ last chance to join the developer’s incredibly successful waterfront project – but just a few select suites remain. Located in the South Core, the city’s most popular new neighbourhood to live, work and play, Harbour Plaza stands proud with two stunning 66 and 70-storey glass towers.

A Prime Location with a Wealth of Amenities

“Harbour Plaza has been a winning project from the first day of sales,” says Mimi Ng, vice-president of sales & marketing at Menkes. “Buyers are drawn to this project for so many reasons. Here, you get an amazing location just steps from the waterfront. But at the same time, with the direct connection to the PATH system, you can walk to work indoors anywhere in the Financial District, plus you can access TTC subway and regional train service from Union Station.”

Buyers at Harbour Plaza will enjoy all amenities and conveniences of living in Toronto’s vibrant downtown community. With direct access to the downtown PATH system, residents will have indoor, weather-protected access to the largest underground shopping complex in the world – covering 30 km (19 miles) and approximately 1200 shops and services – and connections to over 50 buildings and office towers in the Financial District.

Located in Toronto’s South Core district, Harbour Plaza is part of an exciting new mixed-use neighbourhood that combines leading-edge office development, architecturally-stunning residential skyscrapers and world-class restaurants. Top it all off with close proximity to entertainment venues such as the Air Canada Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Rogers Centre and the Metro Convention Centre.

Luxury Penthouse Suites Now Previewing

Menkes is now previewing an exclusive collection of Penthouse Suites on the top two floors of Harbour Plaza starting from $2.3 million. With gorgeous unobstructed views of Lake Ontario and the city skyline, luxurious features and finishes, and spacious layouts, these residences promise to be the most desirable address in Toronto.

Working closely with award-winning interior designer Cecconi Simone, the Penthouse Suites at Habour Plaza were thoughtfully-designed, with generous and functional living spaces. Buyers will find layouts that give them the flexibility to entertain guests and host social gatherings, or to simply retreat and enjoy the tranquility of their home. The penthouse residences range in size from 905 sf one-bedroom plans up to 1907 sf three-bedroom plus library layouts.

The Penthouse Suites at Harbour Plaza will incorporate the finest features and finishes, including soaring 10′ smooth finish ceilings, engineered hardwood flooring and gas fireplaces. Gourmet kitchens feature custom-designed cabinetry, soft-close drawers, a separate pantry, and premium built-in appliances by Miele. Spa-inspired bathrooms feature custom-designed vanities with full-width mirrors, a choice of porcelain or stone tile flooring, luxurious soaker tubs and semiprivate water closets.

The amenities at Harbour Plaza make it difficult to ever want to leave home. Residents will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a relaxing indoor pool, a fireplace lounge, games room, and party room. An expansive outdoor landscaped terrace with a reflecting pool, will offer lounge seating, barbecues and dining areas.

Menkes is one of the most well-known and trusted home builders in Toronto, with over 60 years of history and more than 25,000 units built. The company has been recognized as one of the top builders in Ontario for quality and customer service, and is also the builder of the super-luxury Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville district.

Visit the Menkes Condo Centre, located at 770 Bay Street. The Condo Centre is open from noon to 6 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.



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25 Leonard Avenue

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Condo and homebuilders join forces to help house the homeless

(CNW) — As the weather turns cold for Toronto’s homeless population, the city’s Kensington Market neighbourhood is seeing construction begin on Toronto’s first purpose-built homes for homeless people in more than 10 years.

An excavator broke ground earlier this week in preparation for spring construction on the small strip of land beside St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society’s existing building at 25 Leonard Avenue, just east of Bathurst Street. This unique three-storey, 22-unit project was backed by neighbours and made possible with government and private sector support.

St. Clare’s construction partners — including home and condo builders, unions and construction associations — are stepping up to the plate in a $1 million fundraising effort.

The corporate donors are Aspen Ridge, Brown Group, Great Gulf, Greenpark, Heavy Construction Association of Toronto, Laurier Homes, Liberty Development, Lindvest, LiUNA Local 183, LiUNA Ontario Provincial District Council, Mattamy Homes, Menkes, Ontario Formwork Association, Silvercore, Tridel and Yorkwood.

Through its Open Door Program, Toronto is assisting the project with a $500,000 capital grant and waiving municipal fees and development charges.

“This was a must-do project for St. Clare’s. We are relieved to finally be through a two-year planning process and are grateful for the support of RESCON, Toronto Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, Councillor Joe Cressy and our very supportive neighbours, said Andrea Adam, St. Clare’s operations manager.

“I applaud the hard work and vision of St. Clare’s to make this innovative project a reality,” said Bailão, chairwoman of Toronto’s affordable housing committee. “St. Clare’s is a model that works. Their partnership-based approach has created new opportunities for those seeking a safe, clean, affordable place to call home.”

“Ensuring access to safe and affordable housing for all our friends and neighbours is critical,” Cressy added. “We have a housing crisis in our city, and the new affordable homes at 25 Leonard Avenue are a crucial and welcome addition to our community.”

According to Michele McMaster, affordable housing consultant of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, “CMHC has investigated St. Clare’s operating model and found it to be replicable and scalable. We are delighted that St. Clare’s is inspiring private developers, and we hope to encourage more in the future.”

“We chose to support this project because we believe the construction industry should give back. St. Clare,s is a caring and effective organization that we respect, and we know that they have the right leadership to steer this project to success, said RESCON chairman emeritus Phil Rubinoff.

This latest intensification of the site follows the award-winning 2006 addition of 26 apartments to the roof of the building at 25 Leonard.

St. Claire’s is a charitable foundation and landlord responsible for 413 rental units in five buildings across Toronto to help get the homeless and hard-to-house into their own home to give them privacy and dignity.

RESCON is the non-profit association that represents more than 200 of Ontario’s residential builders. Its members build highrise, midrise and lowrise homes, including rental apartments and social housing.



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Menkes unveils installation attributed to Banksy

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Menkes unveils installation attributed to Banksy

Menkes Developments, unveiled a public art installation in downtown Toronto on February 13, featuring a stencil attributed to the anonymous British artist Banksy, referred to as “Guard with Balloon Dog.”
Designed in the stenciled approach to graffiti art associated with works by Banksy, the piece was originally applied to the rear facade of the vacant building previously situated at 90 Harbour Street in May 2010, when Banksy visited Toronto following the release of his film, Exit Through the Gift Shop. The same weekend in May, six other works attributed to the artist appeared throughout the city.

In 2011, the Harbour Street property was purchased by Menkes for redevelopment and demolition of the building commenced. Aware of the Banksy work on the building’s facade, demolition crews were instructed to protect the panels of limestone on which the art was applied.  Subsequently, Menkes had the slabs removed, preserved and professionally restored in anticipation of finding a new home for the piece in the public realm.
“Banksy’s visit to Toronto was well documented, so we were aware of the presence of ‘Guard with Balloon Dog’ on the building when we began the process of purchasing the 90 Harbour property,” says Jared Menkes, vice president of the highrise residential division of Menkes. “As soon as we were able to do so, we took steps to protect the piece and were able to preserve and remove the slabs from the building during the demolition process.”

Art conservator Alexander Gabov of CSMO restores the Banksy piece, removing graffiti that was painted on it after the original Banksy was created. (Photo by Paul Casselman)

The 90 Harbour Street site was redeveloped into a mixed-use project encompassing two million square feet of residential and commercial space. The project features a 66- and 70-storey condominium tower, known as Harbour Plaza, and a 35-storey AAA commercial office building called One York, all situated on top of a four-storey retail podium directly connected to the PATH system.
Menkes sought to place the Banksy piece in a public space and eventually selected a location in the PATH network adjoining One York. The PATH is downtown Toronto’s pedestrian walkway network that spans 30 kilometres and features approximately 1,200 shops and services, as well as connections to all the major office towers in the financial core, major tourist and entertainment attractions, six subway stations and the Union Station railway terminal. The network is primarily underground but south of Union Station it moves above grade. As it crosses One York, the PATH is on the second floor on the north side of the project and this is where the Banksy installation is situated.

Restoration experts work to reassemble the Banksy piece following its removal from the building at 90 Harbour Street prior to its demolition. From left, forklift operator George Dickson, Matt Meagher of Museum Pros and structural engineer Ira Idzkowski of Torcon Canada. (Photo by Paul Casselman).

“This Banksy piece represents an exciting contribution to the public art landscape in Toronto and we wanted to reintroduce it to the public in a manner that was respectful to its origins,” Menkes said. “In 2015, we commissioned a limited design competition seeking ideas for its installation, and ultimately selected the concept proposed by Toronto-based designer Johnson Chou.”
Named “Speculum” (the Latin word meaning “an instrument to behold”), Chou’s proposal met the original objectives of both protecting the Banksy piece while displaying it in a publicly accessible way. It also included the creation of a companion piece, which would, according to the designer, serve as “a critique of the act of viewing art, that of an apparition of the original.”

Assistant conservator of CSMO Emily Ricketts applies finishing touches to the Banksy installa-tion in the PATH system at One York Street. (Photo by Paul Casselman)

“As an apparatus for viewing, “Speculum” is created to evoke the past, define views and movement and create an immersive and interpretive installation,” added Chou, noting that “as one walks west along the PATH, one sees “Speculum,” a mirrored, polished stainless steel cantilevered form that not only guides one past the underside of the escalator, but reflects what is to come around the corner.”
Around the corner, in the recess, sit the three limestone slabs containing the Banksy work in its raw form, extracted from the original building’s facade.
“The slabs are set off from the marble-clad wall that not only evokes the lobby and horizontality of the original building,” said Chou, “but draws passersby around to the back of the work, creating a space away from the flow of pedestrian traffic. This allows one to view an interpretative panel on the history of the building, at one’s leisure.”

Watching the curtain drop, from left designer Johnson Chou, Alan Menkes, Peter Menkes and Jared Menkes. (Photo by Paul Casselman)

The restoration of the Banksy, its re-installation, and the fabrication and installation are all part of a $2 million public art package included by Menkes in the Harbour Plaza/One York project.


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