news from our new blue edge

October 2011


Lower Don Lands Plan Wins Prestigious Award


Waterfront Toronto’s Lower Don Lands Framework Plan/Keating Channel Precinct Plan has won a 2011 Excellence in Planning Award from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI). The awards program acknowledges the significant contribution that professional planners make in their communities and helps to build awareness of the planning profession.

Waterfront Toronto’s plan for the Lower Don Lands, created by a team lead by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc., reroutes the mouth of the Don River through the area and creates vibrant mixed-use communities around the new river mouth. The plan enables the development of 13,000 new homes, 3,000,000 square feet of commercial/retail space, plus 53 hectares (130 acres) of parks and public space. The plan also protects more than 230 hectares (568 acres) of land currently at risk due to flooding.

The Lower Don Lands plan has been recognized as an exceptional model of sustainable urban development and it has won numerous local and international awards. The Lower Don Lands project is one of 16 founding projects of The Climate Positive Development Program: a partnership between the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), and the U.S. Green Building Council.


River City Phase Two Launch


Urban Capital is getting ready to launch sales of the second phase of its very successful award-winning River City project which is located in the heart of the West Don Lands. Designed by Saucier + Perrotte Architects and ZAS architects, River City will include more than 900 loft style condos and townhouses plus street level restaurants and boutiques.

The second phase includes 248 units contained in three connected 12-storey mini towers. Phase two’s sleek white exterior is designed to be a dramatic contrast to the edgy dark exteriors of buildings in the project’s first phase. River City has a range of beautifully designed suites and amenities that include stunning landscaping throughout the complex, an outdoor pool and dining area, a two-storey glass “lightbox” lounge and party room, two fully-equipped exercise rooms and a furnished guest suite. River City is the first LEED Gold carbon-neutral residential development in Canada and includes a series of high performance, energy efficient buildings with many sustainable features designed for occupant comfort.

Phase one of the project is now under construction. Phase two will go on sale in November with occupancy anticipated for 2014. Visit to pre-register today.


Underpass Park Construction Update


Construction of the innovative Underpass Park continues at a steady pace. In the portion of the park just east of St. Lawrence Street, the recycled granite cobble strip paving has begun and planting soils are in place.  In the eastern-most portion of the park, excavation has begun for the basketball pole footings. The park will feature two half-courts, set up side by side, allowing for two simultaneous games of half-court basketball. With the overpass providing shelter from the weather and the lighting currently being installed, the courts are designed to be used rain or shine, day or night.

Set to open in the spring of 2012, the park is already receiving acclamations and praise. The blog Atlantic Cities Places Matter recently ranked Underpass Park as number one in a feature entitled “9 Cool Projects Under Freeway Overpasses”.


Don River Park Construction Update


Waterfront Toronto’s 7.3 hectare (18 acre) Don River Park continues to progress. The park will be a stunning natural oasis for the community and the city to enjoy. Work continues on installing the park’s natural elements including the marsh boardwalk, habitat debris, soil mixtures, groundcovers, grasses, shrubs and trees.

The park’s structures are also underway. The concrete pavers as well as the outdoor banquet table and barbeque in the pavilion area are currently being installed. The outdoor fireplace, moveable shelter and barbeque, will help make the park a year-round facility for community gatherings, picnics and events. Bench foundations are also now being poured. In the children’s play areas, the slides are being put in place and the climbing boulders are being installed. The park’s pathways are also underway, with the granular sub-base installation about to commence.

Watch construction progress of the park by viewing the West Don Lands webcam.


Don River Park under construction. Image courtesy of Philip Stoop.

The pavilion under construction. Image courtesy of Philip Stoop.


West Don Lands Stormwater Infrastructure Update


Construction of the West Don Lands stormwater treatment and conveyance system is progressing on schedule with the tunnelling from the main shaft north to the West Don Lands shaft complete.  The Keating Channel coffer dam is complete, as is the excavation within it which enables construction of the storm sewer outfall. Tunnelling from the main shaft to the Cherry Street shaft and the drilling of the Keating Channel shaft are still underway. Installation of the concrete lining of the tunnels is scheduled to begin in late October.

Work on the construction of the Cherry Street shaft is imminent and, as a result, Cherry Street at Lake Shore Boulevard East will be closed for approximately two months and the Don Valley Trail has been rerouted.



East Bayfront Community Update Meeting


Join Waterfront Toronto on November 22nd  at Corus Quay from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a community update meeting on current projects in East Bayfront. The meeting will feature an open house and a variety of short presentations on projects underway in the area. Community members will also have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.


Date: Tuesday, November 22
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Corus Quay (in the atrium), 25 Dockside Drive
For additional information, call (416) 214-1344 x276 or email


George Brown College Construction Update


Construction continues on the new East Bayfront waterfront campus of George Brown College. The concrete structure of the building was completed in September and the structural steel supports, outer walls, and roofing are now being constructed. Mechanical and electrical work is also underway on all eight floors and the interior staircases are approximately 65 percent complete.

Installation of the structural steel will be completed in November and the outer walls and roofing will be 90 percent complete by the end of December, with the remaining work due to be finished in January.

The campus will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified, the leading internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The campus will be completed for classes in September 2012. Watch construction on the George Brown College webcam.


Great Gulf Gears Up for Monde Sales Launch


Great Gulf has been busy preparing for the sales launch of its Monde project, the first residential development in East Bayfront. The project was formerly known as the Parkside development.
Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, Monde will feature a range of beautifully designed, energy-efficient units that overlook the inner harbour, Sherbourne Common and the downtown core. Amenities include an outdoor pool and garden area, indoor fitness and spa area, entertaining space and internet service up to 100 times faster than anywhere in the city.

Units will go on sale next month with construction to begin in 2012/2013 and occupancy anticipated for 2016.


Watch Great Gulf’s Monde video for an overview of the project.

Learn more and register at


East Bayfront Sanitary Sewer Construction Update


Construction activity on the new sanitary sewer for East Bayfront is now taking place on the Esplanade from Scott Street to east of Church Street. This work includes tunneling shafts at four locations and trench excavations between the shafts for the sewer installation. The construction work is occupying the north curb lane of the road and most of the north boulevard.  A pedestrian pathway adjacent to the buildings is in place to maintain access to all the businesses and residences.

At the intersection of Church Street and The Esplanade, a tunneling shaft is being completed at the north east corner of the intersection within the sidewalk. Pedestrians can walk around the fenced area and back onto the sidewalk east of the shaft.


Construction of the sanitary sewers along the Esplanade.


York Quay Construction Update


Construction of the underground parking garage at York Quay at Harbourfront Centre is now well underway. The project replaces a surface parking lot with the garage and unlocks the vital piece of waterfront property for future use. Excavation of the site is complete and waterproofing of the exterior wall is nearing completion. Installation of the footings, elevator shaft, columns and concrete slab on the bottom two floors is underway.

Over the next few months, construction of the concrete garage structure will continue and the bulk of it should be complete by early 2012. It is anticipated that the garage will be ready for use by July 2012 after electrical and mechanical work is completed. You can watch the construction progress online.


Tommy Thompson Park Construction Update


Work is underway on the infrastructure improvements to Tommy Thompson Park, an urban wilderness at the foot of Leslie Street in the Port Lands. Waterfront Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation are building a series of small pavilions designed to enhance the enjoyment and management of the park.

Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc., the lead architect on the project, has carefully and thoughtfully designed the structures to have minimal impact on the park’s natural environment.  Currently three of the buildings are under construction.  

Underground services and formwork for all of the concrete walls is complete in the new staff booth. The construction team is currently finalizing details on the building’s sliding stainless steel screen and corten steel cladding panels. Work will soon begin on the forming of its large concrete roof.
Formwork for the footings of the environmental shelter is complete and the pouring of the building’s footings will begin shortly. Work has also begun at the bird banding station, with the pouring of the foundation underway.


Artist rendering of the Tommy Thompson Park improvements.

Construction of the pavilion at Tommy Thompson Park.


Waterfront Toronto Interactive Kiosk at Brookfield Place


Waterfront Toronto’s interactive kiosk is now at Brookfield Place on the concourse level by the food court.

The kiosk features a 42” touch-screen that enables users to learn about waterfront projects by exploring an interactive map, watching videos and viewing photos. People can also fill out a short survey on waterfront revitalization and sign up for our newsletter.

Brookfield Place has over 100,000 people pass through the complex each day. The kiosk will be on location at Brookfield Place until November 10 and then will move to the Bay-Adelaide Centre.


Waterfront Toronto kiosk located at Brookfield Place, in between the Marche restaurant and Starbucks.


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