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August 2010 Newsletter


Hines Selected as Bayside Development Partner


Following an extensive competitive selection process, Waterfront Toronto has chosen Hines, one of the world’s premier real estate development firms, to help transform the Bayside development site into Toronto’s next great waterfront neighbourhood.

Bayside, a four hectare (10 acre) city-owned site, is located minutes from downtown on the south side of Queens Quay between Lower Sherbourne and Parliament streets. Hines will help Waterfront Toronto transform the East Bayfront site into a vibrant and diverse mixed-use neighbourhood complete with 1,700 homes, a bustling retail, restaurant and entertainment corridor, and office and employment space for 2,400 jobs.
Having received unanimous approval from Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee on August 16, the development agreement for the Bayside project will be presented to City Council for final approval at the August 25/26 council meeting.

If approved, the new neighbourhood will be constructed in phases with first occupancy of buildings and completion of dynamic new public spaces expected as early as 2014. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2021. The development will result in an $800 million private sector investment in the waterfront and over $1.6 billion in total economic activity for the city.


The Design Team

Hines has assembled a visionary team of internationally-renowned architects for the Bayside project, including Cesar Pelli, who is responsible for such iconic buildings as the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur,  and Stanton Eckstut, the visionary behind New York’s celebrated Battery Park City waterfront development.

Learn more about the Bayside project



Official Opening of Canada's Sugar Beach and the Water's Edge Promenade


More than four hundred community members and stakeholders joined Waterfront Toronto and our government partners on August 9 for the official opening of two new exciting public spaces along the downtown waterfront.

Canada’s Sugar Beach and the Water’s Edge Promenade (phase one) are unique urban spaces that have transformed a lakefront parking lot and underused area into new waterfront attractions.
Opening festivities included music, beach activities, “waterplay” in the park’s fountain and official remarks by a distinguished group of government representatives including Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, then Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Brad Duguid, local MPP Glen Murray, Mayor David Miller and local Councillor Pam McConnell.

Located just east of Lower Jarvis Street and south of Queens Quay Boulevard, Canada’s Sugar Beach is an 8,500m2 (2 acre) park which welcomes visitors with its brightly coloured pink beach umbrellas, sugar-like sand and iconic candy-striped rock outcroppings. At the base of the park, the first phase of water’s edge promenade stretches almost 300 metres east along the waterfront, providing Torontonians and visitors with the opportunity to enjoy part of the lakefront that they have not had access to in the past.

The beach and promenade are the first new public spaces to open in East Bayfront, one of two new waterfront neighbourhoods currently under construction as part of Toronto’s waterfront revitalization.


(Left to Right): Glen Murray - MPP Toronto Centre, Pam McConnell - Toronto City Councillor, Hon. James Flaherty - Federal Finance Minister, Mark Wilson - Chair of Waterfront Toronto, His Worship Mayor David Miller - Mayor of Toronto, Hon. Brad Duguid - then Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

Video Highlights

If you missed the opening festivities, watch a short video from the event on our YouTube channel.  It includes interviews with the park’s lead landscape architect Claude Cormier, Ministers Flaherty and Duguid, Mayor Miller and Waterfront Toronto Chair Mark Wilson.


Pilot Soil Recycling Facility


The pilot soil recycling facility in the Port Lands will be operational early to mid September. The facilities’ two operators, Tetra Tech Canada Construction Inc. in partnership with Stuyvesant Environmental Contracting Inc. and DEC Environmental Contractors a member of the DEME Group, began to mobilize their equipment on site in July.  

Waterfront Toronto is conducting the pilot to determine the viability of treating and reusing the contaminated soils that exist throughout the waterfront.

The pilot is on-track, with both teams scheduled to begin preliminary testing in early September.  In the pilot phase of operation up to 50,000 cubic metres of soils will be processed using the newest and best technologies available to treat contaminated soils.  
DEC and Tetra Tech will use soil-washing, complemented by field trials of a number of other cutting-edge technologies.  Soil-washing is a technology that has been successfully used to promote the recycling of soils in several other countries.

During the pilot, every aspect of the operation will be monitored and documented, including the performance of the systems and treatment costs, as well as the air, noise and dust emissions, to enable Waterfront Toronto to effectively assess the pilot’s results.    

If results demonstrate that soil recycling is feasible, Waterfront Toronto plans to proceed with a larger scale facility within the next three to five years.


New Design Review Panel Member


Peter Busby, Managing Director of Busby Perkins+Will, has joined the Waterfront Design Review Panel bringing his deep knowledge of sustainable education and practices to Toronto’s waterfront. 

As Managing Director of Busby Perkins + Will, Mr. Busby oversees design offices in Vancouver and Seattle and is involved in the design and sustainable direction for all of the firm’s projects.  His role also includes sustainable design leadership for the firm’s 23 offices worldwide. Busby Perkins+Will has the largest portfolio of built green projects in North America and has been recognized internationally as the leader in sustainable building design. 

Mr. Busby joined the Panel in July, and is the second new addition this year. The first was Claude Cormier, of Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes, who joined the panel in January.


Thank You to Panel Members Who Have Completed Their Terms

Waterfront Toronto would also like to thank four members who have completed their terms and are leaving the panel. Renée Daoust, Siamak Hariri, Anne McIlroy and Janet Rosenberg have provided their expert guidance on such projects as Canada’s Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common and the revitalization of Queens Quay Boulevard. We thank them for their service and dedication to waterfront revitalization.


West Don Lands Construction Update


Progress continues in the West Don Lands.  The installation of utilities has commenced with the construction of the area’s hydro chambers.  On the north section of the flood protection landform (FPL) crews continue to place surcharge materials to compact the underlying soils.

On the south portion of the FPL, work has begun on Don River Park. Crews have begun construction layout by setting in place survey stakes, establishing grades and mobilizing equipment on site.   Construction of the park pavilion’s foundation and installation of the underground park services, such as hydro, water and sewers, is also underway.  

Preparation work for the area’s district energy infrastructure has begun with the initial installation of district energy piping in proposed new streets.   Teams have been fabricating and installing the special lengths of piping required for the past few weeks.   The underground construction of the street’s other utilities, including hydro, water and sewers, is complete.

Soil remediation work and rough grading continues on Bayview Avenue, in preparation for the installation of underground services.


Sherbourne Common Construction Update


Crews are busily working to complete the south side of Sherbourne Common. The park’s maple, oak and beech trees have been planted and 33 wooden and cast acrylic benches have been installed north of the sandblasted concrete pond/splash pad that will double as a skating rink in the winter. Crews have also begun to install the zinc panels on the exterior of the pavilion.

Work is also continuing on the installation of the stainless steel cladding in the park’s water channel – a stunning 270-metre long river that runs the full length of the park and carries clean water from the pavilion’s stormwater management facility back to Lake Ontario. 

The park is expected to be complete in late August and an official ribbon cutting is being organized for September.  Work on the park’s north side will continue into the fall and will be complete in November.


York Quay Revitalization Update


Work is getting underway on the construction of a new 302 space underground parking lot next to Harbourfront Centre.  This garage will free up a prominent waterfront location for two public squares and a future cultural village featuring neighbourhood-scale shops and restaurants, and open space for Harbourfront Centre’s public activities.

A construction manager, Ellis Don, has been hired and shoring and excavation work is expected to begin in October.  Until then, Ellis Don will continue to mobilize the site to prepare for construction.  Site mobilization includes installing construction hoarding, clearing the 1.4 hectare site of objects and structures, and installing site trailers that will be used as construction offices during the project.

Meanwhile the design team is finalizing construction documents for the underground garage and is furthering the design of Canada Square, a lakefront plaza characterized by large growth metasequoia trees and a spectacular view of Lake Ontario.


Learn More About the Project

Read the minutes and report from the first public meeting for the York Quay Revitalization Project.


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