Condo developers breaking ground in the city are usually the recipients of high contention and environmental debate from Torontonians. Area residents don’t necessarily want to see their neighbourhoods changed or disrupted during the building process.
However, there are a bunch of new condos doing it right in Toronto, choosing to incorporate and repurpose the historic sites they’re building on instead of removing all traces of the past.
The results can be beautiful testaments to thoughtful development. Builders who decide to embrace the area’s past over completely demolishing it gain some respect in the city, to say the least.
In this post, we’re going to look at a few builds that are doing just that.
Made out of the footprint left in Toronto’s east end by the old Weston Bread Factory, Wonder Condos has plans to honour Toronto’s industrial past in its new build.
At the intersection of Eastern and Booth avenues in Leslieville, “chic” condos, lofts and townhomes will rise from the façade of the old Wonder Bread factory, which closed its scented doors in 2014.
A mid-rise building is set to take shape, incorporating the historic building in the lower levels of the build. Graywood Developments aims to preserve and restore the original building characteristics while serving interested buyers with all of today’s modern conveniences.
Garden District Condos
Located in Toronto’s downtown Church-Yonge corridor, a 32-storey build is set to rise from three heritage buildings at Shuter and Jarvis streets.
The buildings being used to inspire the high rise’s lower levels date back to the 1860s, so you can understand city’s desire to maintain their aesthetic character.
The developers are heeding this call, planning to include a heritage street-level foundation for the condo before a mid-rise podium shoots up into a glass tower offering scenic views of Toronto’s downtown.
The heritage buildings that face Shuter Street will be carefully restored and repurposed into loft-style suites complete with private entrances for owners.
Old Toronto is a neighbourhood brimming with historical buildings, many receiving heritage designation. Lakeside Condominiums at Lower Sherbourne and Queens Quay East plans to use the industrial history of Toronto’s Port Lands as inspiration for their new master-planned community.
Developers of Lakeside have the task of urbanizing a former FedEx warehouse property on the waterfront, set to have three mixed-use towers built in stages resulting in 1148 new housing units for this untapped neighbourhood.
The building’s visual design, apart from being built atop the old FedEx site, plans to honour Toronto’s harbour as well. A wavy façade will take shape on the building's exterior, mirroring Lake Ontario nearby.
This build is highly anticipated by buyers as new schools, retail and restaurant options are set to expand into the lower Sherbourne area.
Preservation is trending
Not all condo builders want to erase the history of the city to create their own. In fact, if you’re interested in condo living or investment, you should pay particular attention to the builds that are choosing to embrace the historical roots of the city in place before them.
These are the types of condos that go on to earn respect in the city, and thus, receive a higher demand from condo buyers. Location will always matter, just like respect!