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Innovation Centre announced for East Bayfront community

Waterfront Toronto & Menkes Launch Waterfront Innovation Centre

Waterfront Toronto today announced the latest addition to the development known as East Bayfront. A 350,000-square-foot innovation centre that will employ more than 2,000 is to be built on the site, on the south side of Queen’s Quay east of Lower Jarvis Street, next to Sugar Beach. The East Bayfront area extends from Lower Jarvis Street east to Parliament Street. The Waterfront Innovation Centre, designed by Sweeney & Co. Architects, will meet the emerging demand for purpose-built creative office space in Toronto, according to a press release. It will provide tenants with “state-of-the-art amenities” that include a presentation theatre, audio-visual and video-conferencing tools, and digital production facilities. As in the ... Read More »

Not all great neighbourhoods are old

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The winner of the title Canada’s Great Neighbourhood for 2014 was the Inglewood neighbourhood in Calgary. It is described as a “vibrant, eclectic and ever-evolving arts and culture-filled district with more than two hundred shops, cafes, restaurants and live music venues, many located in Calgary’s historic buildings.” It sounds a lot like Queen West in Toronto. The People’s Choice Great Neighbourhood in this contest sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners, was Old East Village in London, Ontario. This is a place “where you’re greeted cheerfully as you pass your neighbours’ heritage porches” and where thousands are attracted by its restored regional attractions, including the Aeolian Hall, Palace Theatre, and ... Read More »

First look at floor plans at new Aquavista condos from Tridel

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Calling it “the next wave of waterfront living,” Tridel has announced the Grand Opening of Aquavista at Bayside. These are the new condos that will be next-door neighbours to the previously announced, mostly sold-out, Aqualina at Bayside. The two Tridel condo buildings are part of the master plan for this brand new neighbourhood being created by Hines International, under the auspices of Waterfront Toronto. Judging by the architect’s renderings, and the descriptions of the neighbourhood’s many cutting-edge features, this part of the waterfront will become a much-appreciated destination for Torontonians. Now that the Grand Opening is on, Tridel has released floor plans for the first time. You can tell a ... Read More »

Groundbreaking ceremony at 101 Erskine condos from Tridel

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Tridel announced this week that preparations for construction are now underway on its mid-town condos, 101 Erskine. The architectural, engineering and construction drawings are finalized, says the announcement, and the excavation equipment has arrived on site. The official groundbreaking ceremony has taken place. From an urban planning perspective, important both for those who intend to live in a particular neighbourhood and for those who may consider investing in it, 101 Erskine is extremely well located. The Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood is a textbook example of good mixed use development. Erskine Avenue itself has a long-standing mix of single-family dwellings and apartment buildings. Both Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue provide a rich ... Read More »

Toronto waterfront has fastest Internet access in country

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Toronto’s waterfront now has the fastest broadband network in the city and one of the fastest in the world. The infrastructure has been built, and new buildings within the developing waterfront area, both commercial and residential, will be able to enjoy speeds of up to 500 mbps. That is about thirty times faster than the current average speed (16.5 mbps according to Ookla) in Canada. The fibre-optic capacity is there to deliver 1 gigabit, or even 10 gigabits if required. The head of Waterfront Toronto, John Campbell, called 500 mbps service a “game changer” for Toronto’s economic growth. It will change the way businesses and consumers use the Internet. From ... Read More »

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