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Waterfront Toronto’s plan to build a connected walkway along the water’s edge has been in the works since 2006. This rendering of the detailed boardwalk design shows a portion of the East Bayfront. The 158-metre boardwalk would run along the Water’s Edge Promenade at the foot of Sherbourne Common. Designed in a herringbone pattern using Thermowood Ash, the boardwalk would be six metres wide and would run the full length of East Bayfront, from Parliament to the Jarvis Street Slip.

Buyer-friendly deposit structure at JAC Condos

JAC Condos at Jarvis and Carlton is getting ready to launch with a buyer-friendly deposit structure.

Graywood and Phantom are offering a generous limited time offer deposit structure that calls for five per cent of the purchase price to be paid in 2020; five per cent in 2021; five per cent in 2022 and the remaining five per cent at closing.

The project plan includes keeping the facade of the original 1902 Beaux Arts heritage house (inset) despite a fire late last year. The facade will be merged with a new podium-tower designed by Turner Fleischer Architects.

Units range from studios to three-bedroom suites, with pricing starting in the $400,000s.

The condo is less than 200 metres from Ryerson and right across the street from Allan Gardens.

Did you know?

Ontario is one step closer to two-way, all-day rail service along the Kitchener Line, with the excavation of tunnel one (of two rail tunnels) underneath Hwys. 401 and 409. Excavation of the second tunnel is expected to be completed in late 2020.

One Twenty to begin construction

Congratulations to the Mountainview Homes’ team – they are starting construction on the One Twenty Condominiums community this month.

This walkable and pedestrian friendly Fonthill community is perfect for active families of any age. Located in Niagara Region, it’s minutes from amenities and surrounded by wineries, The Falls and downtown Niagara Falls. Suites are available from the low $400,000s.


York University Markham Centre Campus is a go

Late last month, the Ontario government announced funding support for York University’s new Markham Centre Campus, the first publicly assisted university in York Region.

The location of the five-acre campus is just north of Hwy. 407 next to the Markham Pan Am Centre. It will be within a 10-minute walk of the Unionville GO Station and the Hwy. 7 VivaNext transit corridor.

The $275-million campus is set to open in the fall of 2023.

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti says the shovel-ready project “will provide students with workplacebased learning opportunities while they study and local job prospects when they graduate.”

28 Eastern one of the first to market after lockdown

New condo launches are picking up steam now that we’ve entered Stage 3. One that is getting plenty of attention is Alterra’s 28 Eastern Condos – a bold new midrise condominium that’s steps from the Cherry Street YMCA in Corktown.

With the planned Ontario Line’s Corktown Subway Station nearby, the location will be very well connected.

Currently, the King streetcar whisks you into the heart of the financial district in minutes, and you can easily walk or bike to the shops and restaurants of King Street East from the location, as well as to the Distillery District, St. Lawrence Market, George Brown College, Corktown Commons, and the Canary District.

With an incredible rooftop terrace and beautiful city views, as well as a range of modern indoor and outdoor amenities, 28 Eastern will be a doorbuster.


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Menkes Breaks Ground on Waterfront Innovation Centre on Toronto Waterfront

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Menkes Breaks Ground on Waterfront Innovation Centre on Toronto Waterfront

Menkes Developments Ltd. in partnership with Alcion Ventures, has broken ground on the Waterfront Innovation Centre – a new landmark office building on the Toronto waterfront.

The groundbreaking marks the first construction milestone of a 400,000-sq.-ft complex designed by architects Sweeny & Co, which will be comprised of two buildings, with three distinct but interconnected components: The Exchange, The Hive and The Nexus, a space that will serve as a public square and directly connect the two buildings.


Located in East Bayfront, adjacent to Canada’s Sugar Beach, the Waterfront Innovation Centre anchors Toronto’s surging innovation cluster on the eastern waterfront, representing the next evolution in workplace design that helps reinvent how today’s workforce collaborates in the city’s burgeoning creative and technology sectors.


The milestone represents another step in the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront. The complex will not only drive economic development with the creation of nearly 3,000 jobs, but also help to shape East Bayfront into a beautiful new neighbourhood where people can live, work and play.

“This is a one-of-a-kind commercial office complex that will redefine how innovative market leading companies conduct their business in our city,” says Peter Menkes, president of Menkes’ commercial/industrial division.

“The Waterfront Innovation Centre will be a cutting edge, collaborative work environment that responds to the changing needs of the workplace and the demand for high quality office space.”

Menkes has more than 60 years of history in residential and commercial development in Toronto. “It is the city we live in, we build in and we are truly passionate about,” says Menkes.



Among the company’s more than 25 million sq. ft. of office and industrial space in the GTA is the recently opened One York Street in Toronto’s South Core, an office building that overlooks the water and is home to the headquarters of Sun Life Financial. In addition, in January, Menkes broke ground at 100 Queens Quay, a new office tower just west of the Waterfront Innovation Centre. That project signifies the first phase of Sugar Wharf, an upcoming waterfront community on an 11.5-acre site which will be anchored by a two-acre park.

The Waterfront Innovation Centre will include cutting-edge building automation controls, under-floor air distribution, direct/indirect LED lighting, a high-performance curtain-wall system and occupancy/daylight sensors. Floor-to-ceiling glass will allow for maximum natural light penetration as well as spectacular views. The building will also generate power via a rooftop photovoltaic solar array.

“By focusing our development efforts on underutilized space, we are not only driving economic development, with a landmark building that will house nearly 3,000 jobs, but we’re also helping shape East Bayfront into a new beautiful neighbourhood,” Menkes says.

WPP, a London, England-based multinational advertising and public relations firm, will become the anchor tenant at the Innovation Centre, occupying 260,000 sq. ft. – more than 60 per cent of the building.

“The Waterfront Innovation Centre is the workplace of the future, supporting Waterfront Toronto’s mandate to make Toronto’s waterfront synonymous with innovation,” says Helen Burstyn, Chair of the Board, Waterfront Toronto. “We’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone occasion with Menkes, as it demonstrates how we’re providing the enabling conditions and infrastructure to attract private sector development that catalyzes the business and job growth necessary to make our Toronto and Ontario more competitive on a global scale.”

Expected occupancy is 2021.


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by Gale Beeby

Corktown, Distillery District, West and Lower Don Lands, East Bayfront and Lower Yonge

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Corktown, in particular, is seeing a huge neighbourhood renaissance with many of the older homes being renovated and upgraded. But most of the housing stock in this area is condominiums. The West Don Lands and East Bayfront is seeing a massive boon in condo developments, with everything on offer from affordable housing to multi-million dollar penthouses.

Leisure Pursuits

A ride on a Segway, a performance at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, a stroll through the Corkin Gallery, topped off by a coffee from Balzac’s and a little chocolate from Soma would be a perfect afternoon at the Distillery District.

Much of the southeast region of Toronto is still being built and a lot of its amenities are still to come, with the YMCA and the health and wellness facilities in the Canary District already open. Plans for the entire area are expansive; full details can be found on Waterfront Toronto’s website.

Parks & Rec

If a little sunbathing is in your future, head on over to Sugar Beach at the foot of Jarvis Street. It features a sandy beach, umbrellas, Muskoka chairs, a rocky amphitheatre, pedestrian areas and a splash pad. Sherbourne Common on Queens Quay East transformed a former industrial area into green space. Its signature feature is a 240-metre-long water channel featuring three art sculptures that rise almost nine metres, called “Light Showers,” by artist Jill Anholt.

Corktown Common borders the Don River, located east of Bayview Avenue, south of King Street East, and was built on remediated industrial lands. The park has playgrounds, a splash pad, athletic field, marsh, bike paths, a boardwalk and an off-leash dog area. It also boasts 7.9 acres of urban prairie.

Underpass Park, located under and around the Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide Streets overpasses, is the most extensive park ever built under a highway in Canada. It transformed a derelict space into a unique community park that boasts a playground, park benches, two basketball half-courts, an extensive skateboard park and flexible space that can be used for markets, festivals and community events.

Retail Therapy

There is so much retail popping up in the area you can shop until you drop, especially along Queen and King Streets and in the Distillery District, which has more than 80 shops offering a wide selections of boutiques and interesting craft and gift shops. Corktown, one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods, has been pegged as the city’s next design district, and as you walk along Queen and King streets, you’ll find wonderful boutiques.

Easy Access

Streetcars ply Queen and King Streets and an LRT runs along Cherry/Sumach Streets, south from King Street through the West Don Lands to the CN rail corridor just north of the Gardiner Expressway. The LRT will be expanded south as the Lower Don Lands come under development. Bicycle paths and trails are also a large part of the redevelopment of the area.



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