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Sugar Wharf by Menkes a well-connected waterfront community

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Sugar Wharf by Menkes a well-connected waterfront community

Bitter winds and harsh climates are an inescapable fact of Canadian living. And when the cold is a predominate part of life, connectivity becomes a much sought-after luxury. Perhaps more than ever before, people are looking to invest in communities where everything they need comes with convenience – sans slush and cutting wind.

Enter Toronto’s indoor PATH pedestrian system – the world’s largest underground shopping complex. On cold winter days you can walk to work, do your banking, visit the doctor and even see a movie without ever having to set foot outside.

This 30-kilometre network includes 1,200 shops and services, restaurants, and endless entertainment; the epitome of convenient urban living. The PATH is truly the heart of Toronto’s financial and entertainment districts, with connections to 80 buildings, six downtown subway stations, 9 hotels and direct access to the Scotiabank Arena, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Eaton Centre shopping centre, and CN Tower.

As Toronto continues to thrive, its global appeal is helping it attract more than 100,000 new residents per year, and many of these people want to work and live downtown. Given this rapid growth, it’s no wonder that the world’s largest underground city is about to get even bigger as well. As part of the new Sugar Wharf community by Menkes, the PATH network is set to expand east of Yonge Street, into the emerging Waterfront Innovation District.

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Outdoor Terrace

Menkes is reimagining Toronto’s Waterfront with Sugar Wharf Condominiums, part of an 11.5-acre community that will include luxury residences, offices, restaurants and shops, a two-acre park, and new school. Once complete, Sugar Wharf will be the largest mixed-use development on the Toronto Waterfront; home to 7,500 residents and 4,000 office workers.

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Party Room

The comprehensive project aims to seamlessly connect residents and office workers to all parts of the downtown core through the PATH, adding to the 5,000 people who already work in the PATH and more than 200,000 commuters that pass through it daily. The PATH also provides access to Union Station, with connections to the TTC subway, GO Train, Via Rail, and the UP (Union Pearson) Express.

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Hammock Room

Residents living at Sugar Wharf on the PATH will be able to take advantage of the UP Express to travel to Pearson International Airport in a quick 25-minute ride. Traveling to your dream tropical destination during the winter months will be easier than ever before. Imagine being able to wear shorts and a t-shirt from home right up until the moment you board your flight without ever putting on your 10-pound winter jacket!

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Lobby

With Sugar Wharf’s PATH extension, it will be possible to walk indoors from the waterfront, all the way to Toronto’s world class Financial District. Equally connected to the city as it is to nature, Sugar Wharf will revolutionize how Torontonians live, work and play.

SUGAR WHARF’S WALKING HIGHLIGHTS

CIBC Square: 7 minutes

Union Station: 11 minutes

Scotiabank Arena: 13 minutes

Harbourfront Centre: 15 minutes

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal: 7 minutes

For more information visit menkes.com/sugarwharf


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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.

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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.

MILESTONE OCCASION

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.

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SUGAR WHARF COMMUNITY

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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Fleur Condominium

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Set to be the new fashion icon on the block

While it may not be Spring, in the heart of the Garden District, the ground is ready for a rather large flower, or “Fleur” to bloom. Menkes broke ground several months back for its newest condo tower, Fleur, at Church and Shuter. And though the temperature is cooling down, construction is heating up with the installation of the crane.

Designed by the talented local team at architectsAlliance, a subtle yet well-appointed garden theme welcomes residents as they approach Fleur. Taking cues from the richness of surrounding materials, the architects have designed a stone element in the tower’s base along Church Street to echo the monolithic stone of the neighbourhood’s nearby cathedrals.

Close to the action on Yonge Street, yet quietly sheltered, the 29-storey tower ascends from a distinctive three-storey glass and stone podium.

“The Garden District is one of Toronto’s most amazing neighbourhoods,” says Jared Menkes, executive vice president of Menkes’ Residential Development. “It reflects the elegance of Old Toronto, the calm of a residential community and the vibrancy of a commercial work force, the pulse of Yonge Street, the energy of the Ryerson campus, and the peaceful serenity of Allan Gardens and Moss Park. Few other areas in Toronto encompass so much as the Garden District. It truly offers the best of everything in one neighbourhood.”

The building’s interior is designed by one of Canada’s most celebrated design firms, The Design Agency, and reflects an elegant urban retreat steeped in both cozy natural character and modern electric energy. The lobby’s doors, set amongst a tree lined window, welcome guests into a warm and inviting ambiance decorated with plush custom furniture, set beneath a grand tiered showpiece chandelier.

Fleur’s lobby has been designed to create a sense of natural elegance,” says Menkes. “Our designers have thoughtfully used a variety of textures, materials and furnishings, including a grand chandelier and floral tapestries, to create a warm and inviting sense of home.”

The building offers one, two, and three-bedroom suites, which include a chef-inspired kitchen design that is open and light-filled. Designed to appeal to every resident’s inner-foodie, the kitchen is driven by its details, created to appeal equally to a five star home chef, or a master of the microwave. The living and dining areas within the suites have been conceived to cultivate comfort. Regardless of layout or size, each unit includes beautiful and thoughtfully-considered spaces, created with comfort in mind.

Gourmet demonstration kitchen & dining area.
Gourmet demonstration kitchen & dining area.

While its kitchens and living areas may be the suite’s showpieces, the elegance and attention to detail which defines them have been carried into the bathroom(s), each which boast a range of rich materials, and luxurious finishes.

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Lobby

Amid theatres, boutiques, bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs, the area offers its own unique amenity program for residents. However, for those tired of venturing out, Fleur provides a range of in-demand, contemporary amenity spaces, including the ultimate workout setting, an intimate rooftop terrace and dining area, and a cozy lounge, and a media room designed to help residents unwind, featuring large format flat screens, wireless connectivity, arcade-style games and traditional board games for some ‘old school’ relaxation.

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Rooftop terrace

But there’s nothing else ‘old school’ about this new condo at Church and Shuter. Elegant, fashionable and modern, Fleur offers residents more than a place to live their life, it offers a chance to cultivate a luxurious lifestyle.

Register now to be among the first to receive information about Fleur. Visit the Menkes Condo Centre, located at 770 Bay Street. For further information call or visit the website.

416.591.7700

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Sugar Wharf Condominiums

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The Sweetest Life You Can Imagine Coming Soon by Menkes

Picture yourself on your next vacation; enjoying your morning coffee while overlooking a spectacular view of the water; starting the day with a good sweat at the gym or taking a dip in the pool; soaking up sun on the terrace; and later, enjoying a barbecue with friends.

Now imagine if this was your home. Life at Sugar Wharf Condominiums will be like living in your own luxurious resort on the water. With a brand new condo gallery opening soon at its One York Street complex, Menkes Developments Ltd. is introducing an exceptional new home opportunity in Toronto’s Downtown Waterfront district with Sugar Wharf Condominiums.

These luxury residences will be part of the new Sugar Wharf community, which will encompass 11.5 acres and include offices, restaurants and shops, a two-acre park, and a new school. Once complete, Sugar Wharf will be the largest mixed-use development on the Toronto Waterfront; home to 7,500 residents and 4,000 office workers. With the water’s edge just steps away, and easy access to all the conveniences and entertainment options the city has to offer, this phenomenal location represents both an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life and the opportunity to experience every dynamic facet of downtown living. So whether it’s taking a relaxing evening stroll on the boardwalk, or cheering on the home team at a basketball game at the Scotiabank Arena, there will be something for everyone.

Toronto is home to one of the longest urban shorelines in the world. Over a 46-kilometre stretch from Rouge River in the east, to Etobicoke Creek in the west, the waterfront is home to beaches, parks, concert venues, markets and art galleries – and Sugar Wharf is in the middle of all the action. The comprehensive project will seamlessly connect residents and office workers to all parts of the downtown core through the PATH, which provides direct access to Union Station, the largest transit hub in the Greater Toronto Area, with connections to the TTC subway, GO Train, Via Rail, and the UP (Union Pearson) Express. With Sugar Wharf’s PATH extension, it will be possible to walk indoors from the waterfront, all the way to Toronto’s world class Financial District. Equally connected to the city as it is to nature, Sugar Wharf will revolutionize how Torontonians live, work and play.

Speaking of play, Sugar Wharf’s stunning amenities, designed by award-winning interior design firm Cecconi Simone, will take condominium living to the ultimate level. From entertaining guests, and keeping the kids busy, to enjoying some quiet time and relaxation. Whether you’re living independently, or looking to grow your family, Sugar Wharf has every facet of your lifestyle covered, with amenities so inviting, you’ll forget that you’re at home and not an exclusive resort.

The building offers future residents and their guests a variety of social gathering spaces including: a games lounge, private theatres, party rooms, and a bar/lounge area. And families with children will have more to do than they could ever dream of, with a list of amenities that rivals any children’s facility, and completely eliminates the hassle of bundling up the kids in cold weather, in search of local indoor entertainment. Residents will have access to an art/hobby studio, an arts and crafts room, music room, virtual reality room, hammock lounge, and children’s playroom. Guests from out of town can also take advantage of two luxurious hotel-styled guest suites.

The landscaped outdoor space, designed by NAK Design Group, is equally as exciting as the interior. It features a reflective pool, a barbecue and fire pit with adjacent dining area — taking alfresco dining to the next level — and a play area for the little ones. No matter what you’re doing outside, you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the city and water.

Residents will also be able to enjoy living their most active lifestyle. In addition to being connected to the waterfront boardwalk and everything it has to offer, the development will include access to a 25,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness centre equipped with cardio machines, free weights, a pool, basketball court, and fitness studios for group classes.

With today’s hectic urban lifestyle, everyone wants (and needs) the opportunity to slow down once in a while to relax. Living on the waterfront at Sugar Wharf Condominiums will give future residents that chance to take time for themselves and recharge every single day. For any busy urban professional, this will truly be the best of both worlds.

About Menkes

Menkes Developments Ltd. is an award-winning, fully integrated real estate company involved in the construction, ownership and management of office, industrial, retail and residential properties. Founded in 1954, the company is one of the largest private developers in Canada, with a primary focus in the Greater Toronto Area. Menkes is known for its innovative, multidisciplinary approach, and superior design, and is highly regarded as one of the most trusted builders in Toronto, with a strong reputation for quality and customer service excellence. Past projects include the Four Seasons Hotel & Residences in Bloor-Yorkville and the two million square foot Harbour Plaza Residences. Every Menkes building is protected by Tarion Warranty Corporation, a comprehensive warranty program in Ontario.

Watch for the new Sales Office, coming soon to One York Street (York & Harbour). For further information, follow them on Twitter or visit the website.

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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.

416.591.7700
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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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Sugar Shack TO returns to Sugar Beach

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Sugar Shack TO returns to Sugar Beach

(CNW) — Bringing a big dose of sweetness to Toronto’s Waterfront, Sugar Shack TO, in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, is returning to Sugar Beach – bigger, better and sweeter than ever. On the first weekend of March Break, March 11 to 12, 2017 Sugar Shack TO will have everyone celebrating the last days of winter with two sugar shacks serving up maple taffy, ice activities, cabane à sucre delicacies, live entertainment, a specialty bar and much more.

WHEN
Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE
Canada’s Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Drive; Lower Jarvis Street and Queens Quay East

WHAT

  • Two Sugar Shacks serving up real Ontario maple taffy all weekend long.
  • Food marketplace with a variety of maple infused treats.
  • Interactive ice activities for kids: an ice canvas to paint on, ice sculpture photo ops, battle of the chainsaws, ice carving demos and a giant ice Tic-Tac-Toe.
  • Live music from Sugar Shack emcees.
  • Specialty bar serving beer, cider and specialty liquor.
  • Free Sugar Shack Shuttle operating to and from the Distillery District.

ADMISSION

Free.

Sugar Shack TO 2017 partners include: Menkes, Tridel, Hines, Great Gulf, Redpath Sugar, PortsToronto and RBC. For more information visit sugarshackto.ca

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