news from our new blue edge

March 2013


First Residents Move into Waterfront Neighbourhood


The first residents are now moving into River City in the West Don Lands, the first private sector development on the waterfront. Developed by Urban Capital and designed by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes and ZAS Architects, River City is a 900-unit development that is being built in four phases.

Residents are beginning to occupy 47 Lower River Street, one of two buildings in the development’s first phase. While the building is largely complete, there are still a few final construction activities underway including the installation of the last balcony railings. 

51 Trolley Crescent, part of phase one of River City in the West Don Lands.At 51 Trolley Crescent, the larger building abutting King Street, window installation is nearly complete and the installation of the black metal panels that adorn the building’s façade is underway. 

Inside the building, drywall installation has reached the 12th and 13th floors. Painting and installation of doors and lighting is scheduled to begin shortly.

Phase two of the development is now under construction as well. Three striking glass mini-towers connected on each floor by glass bridges make up River City phase two and the light airy structures are designed to provide a dramatic contrast to the darker more industrial façades of phases one and three. Over the past month, caissons (part of the foundation of the buildings) have been drilled in preparation for the pouring of the ground floor slab in the coming months.

To learn more visit, or visit the presentation centre at 554 Queen Street East (at River Street).



Sherbourne Common Pavilion Earns LEED® Gold Certification


The Pavilion in Sherbourne Common has been certified LEED® Gold by the Canada Green Building Council. The striking zinc-clad structure is the first building built by Waterfront Toronto to be officially designated LEED® Gold.

LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. To achieve its LEED® Gold rating, the Pavilion earned credits for sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Additional credits were earned due to its location in Sherbourne Common.

A redeveloped brownfield site, Sherbourne Common is the first park in Canada to incorporate a neighbourhood-wide stormwater treatment facility. The UV facility that treats water is located in the basement of the Pavilion. Above ground, the Pavilion straddles the park’s beautiful and functional 240-metre-long water channel which transports treated water to Lake Ontario. Until the stormwater infrastructure for East Bayfront is complete, the Pavilion’s UV facility is treating water from Toronto’s harbour.

Waterfront Toronto’s revitalization process is designed to make Toronto a world leader in sustainable development with buildings and neighbourhoods that are among the greenest in the world. Its Minimum Green Building Requirements define the sustainability standards for the waterfront and include a minimum of LEED® Gold for all buildings.


Light Showers by Jill AnholtA view of the Sherbourne Common Pavilion looking southeast.

A video describing the stormwater treatment system integrated into Sherbourne Common.Watch how Sherbourne Common’s landscape design and civil engineering work together to treat stormwater in this animated video.



Queens Quay Revitalization: Construction Update


Crews work to construct a hydro chamber near the Rees WaveDeck.In February, Bell Canada completed switching over all of its customers to new fibre-optic and copper cabling for telephone and Internet. Bell crews will return to Queens Quay in late 2014 to complete a few minor activities after the Martin Goodman Trail and granite promenade are installed. Bell is the second utility company to complete the majority of its work on Queens Quay. Enbridge completed its work in late December.

Other recent construction highlights:

•   Crews continued the installation of a new sanitary sewer on the north side of Queens Quay west of York Street towards Lower Simcoe. Waterfront Toronto is coordinating the replacement of the aging infrastructure as part of the overall revitalization of Queens Quay.
•   Toronto Hydro crews completed the construction of several new cable chambers including one at the east end of the Westin Hotel, one at the York Slip and one just west of Bay Street. This construction is part of a $28 million major overhaul of aging hydro infrastructure beneath Queens Quay.  

•   Work continued on the Peter Slip Bridge where crews are busy on the underside of the bridge building the infrastructure required to support new hydro ducts for TTC, Toronto Hydro and telecommunications infrastructure. Crews are drilling large holes called “cores” through the bridge abutments to house these new ducts.

•   Construction of the new parking lay-by on York Street just north of Queens Quay is mostly complete with final finishes ongoing. This new parking lay-by will provide the many tour buses visiting the waterfront with a safe area for short-term passenger loading and unloading.

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Martin Goodman Trail and Sidewalk Construction Update


Crews are expected to resume final construction activities on the interim Martin Goodman Trail and sidewalk between East Bayfront and the Central Waterfront. Located on the south side of Queens Quay between Yonge Street and Lower Jarvis Street, the project will provide a safe connection for pedestrians and cyclists. During April, crews will undertake some final work on the street and trail including asphalt grinding, paving and line painting. Concrete curb construction will also be completed along certain parts of the new sidewalk. In addition, crews may complete the section of trail and sidewalk at Yonge Street pending the completion of Toronto Hydro’s work in the area. Once these activities are complete, the trail and sidewalk will be officially opened.

    An artist's rendering of the completed Interim Martin Goodman Trail and sidewalk.
An artist's rendering of the interim Martin Goodman Trail from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street. 


Jarvis Slip Construction Update


Work continues on schedule on the reinforcement of the Jarvis dockwall. Crews are replacing all of the dockwall’s tie-rods which are solid steel rods that connect the dockwall to an anchoring system for reinforcement. The tie-rods had to be completely replaced due to their age and advanced level of deterioration. Plans are also underway to make landscape improvements in the area. When construction is complete below grade, Waterfront Toronto will install a 7.4 metre wide stretch of red and white granite pavers along the north side of the slip. The granite, a key design feature of the future Queens Quay promenade in East Bayfront, will provide a seamless connection to the entrance of Canada’s Sugar Beach located on the east side of the Jarvis Slip.




Pan Am Athletes’ Village/Canary District Construction Update


Installation of the subdivision underground hydro chambers and hydro duct banks continue to progress in the section of the West Don Lands that is being developed for use initially as the Athletes’ Village for the Pan Am Games. Completion of this work will enable the installation of underground electrical utilities, which will provide the area with permanent power by the summer of 2013. Work is also progressing on the installation of underground conduit and the foundation work for the street lighting.

The installation of the new underground services on Sumach Street between Eastern Avenue and King Street began on March 4 and will be completed by the end of March. North/south access to the street will be maintained throughout the project; however, while the work is underway street parking will not be available.

Old Eastern Avenue and Cherry Street between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East will remain closed to through traffic until July. Access will be maintained to All City Storage. Road work on Cherry Street and Old Eastern Avenue will resume this spring when weather permits.

YMCA/George Brown College
Construction progress at YMCA building in West Don LandsCrews are currently working to form the seventh floor of the east tower and the third floor of the north tower of the George Brown College student residence building. At the YMCA building, crews have begun erecting the structural steel roof which is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete. The eighteen vertical circular columns on the Front Street side of the building have been poured.

Affordable Housing Buildings
Crews are now forming and pouring the ninth floor at the Fred Victor building. At the Wigwamen building, crews are working on the ninth floor in the main building.

Canary District Condominiums
Pouring the ground floor slab at Canary District in West Don Lands.On the first market housing condominium building, crews are forming and pouring the ground floor slab on the north building and forming and pouring the vertical columns from the P1 level to the ground level on the south building. Waterproofing and the installation of underground mechanical services are in progress. 

On the second market housing building, part of the ground floor slab in the north building has been formed and poured. At the south building, the forming and pouring of the vertical columns to P1, the forming of the P1 slab and the installation of underground mechanical services are in-progress.

For more information go to, or visit their sales centre located at 9 Mill Street.



Toronto Community Housing Construction Update


Construction progress at Toronto Community Housing's development.Construction continues apace at Toronto Community Housing’s three-building development in the West Don Lands, which will provide affordable housing for seniors and families when completed this fall.

At the King Street senior’s building, window installation has now reached the eighth floor. Crews continue to work on interior masonry, mechanical and electrical distribution. Drywall partitions continue to go up and roofing and elevator installation are on-going.
Construction also continues to progress at the two buildings located between River and St. Lawrence streets that will provide affordable housing for families. With concrete forming complete, crews continue to focus on installing the exterior wood cladding which has now progressed to the fourth floor. Roofing work and window installation on these two buildings has now begun, while mechanical and electrical installation is ongoing.


Port Lands Public Update Meeting


Waterfront Toronto will be hosting a public update meeting for the Port Lands on:

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Riverdale Collegiate Institute (Auditorium), 1094 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON M4M 2A1 

See map for details.
The meeting will provide an update on the various projects happening in the Port Lands, including the next stage of work for the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative, an overview and update on the Leslie Barns and associated works with the TTC, Tommy Thompson Park improvements and an update on soil recycling. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

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