Canada's Condominium Magazine
This year is shaping up to be a great one for Toronto, as the city is planning some creative uses for public land. From child- and family-oriented parks and locales to unique business spaces, Toronto is bringing something for everyone in 2018.
The city recently reimagined the space underneath a major highway, creating a unique spot for year-round activities for everyone. The space includes a skating trail, which opened on January 6th. The city also plans to expand upon this project in the future, running from Strachan to Spadina avenues. Performance spaces, gardens, pop-up markets, and more will be prime features at the Bentway during warmer months.
“The city is getting very dense in terms of its population, which is a great thing for Toronto,” said Bentway Conservancy CEO Julian Sleath, “but we also recognize that people need a new kind of backyard, a new kind of place to hang out and do stuff with friends and family. We hope that, in the days to come and the years ahead, the Bentway becomes a very public space for everyone to come.”
Shipping Container Market
The Stackt Shipping Container Market will open this spring, bringing Torontonians an “experience of curated discovery.” The market, developed by Matt Rubinoff and Tyler Keenan, will open at Front and Bathurst streets, in a previously vacant 9,290-square-metre lot. It will serve as a marketplace designed for gathering, programming, retail, and more. Leases have been established, bringing to the market a wide variety of activities and shopping centres, as well as a craft brewery, artists, event curators, non-profits, and fitness providers.
“This project provides an opportunity for us to take a space in the heart of the city and reimagine how we use that public space through experiences, through events, and through bringing people together,” said Keenan. The marketplace is sure to have something for everyone and be a remarkable, albeit temporary, addition to the city, paving the way for other businesses to repurpose buildings and keep them thriving for years to come rather than remaining stagnant and collecting dust.
King Street Transit Pilot Project
In light of recent controversy surrounding the King Street Transit Project, Mayor Tory has launched a competition to design the curb lane public spaces on King Street. The competition calls for submissions from students, local businesses, design professionals, community groups, and any other interested parties. The designs will be utilized to transform the area through the creation of temporary public spaces. The competition also allows King Street businesses to propose patio extensions.
Re-Imagining Yonge Street
The stretch of Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch avenues is preparing for an overhaul as well, with the goal of creating a pedestrian-friendly destination. The proposal includes a sidewalk expansion, a landscaped median, and bike lanes. Torontonians had until December 29th to voice their concerns and ideas, and the official report will be released in May.