Southern Ontario's Greater Golden Horseshoe is experiencing a construction boom, thanks in part to an unusually warm winter that has allowed crews to progress more rapidly on a variety of developments. These projects are not just altering the region's urban and suburban landscapes but are also showcasing the versatility and resilience of the construction industry.
From high-rise residential buildings to a groundbreaking battery factory, here's a detailed roundup of the latest construction starts transforming Southern Ontario:
Residential and Mixed-Use Developments
Bloor & Dufferin Complex - At the core of Toronto's Dufferin Grove, the Bloor & Dufferin complex by Hazelview Investments is a notable project featuring towers of 11, 34, and 37 storeys, part of a larger vision with a total of six buildings. This development, designed by Turner Fleischer Architects, aims to rejuvenate the former Bloor Collegiate Institute site with 1055 market-rate rental units and retail spaces. The presence of multiple cranes signifies the rapid pace of construction.
Y9825 by Metroview Developments - Y9825, a 22-storey building in Richmond Hill, is part of Metroview Developments' Yonge Series, offering 451 condo and townhouse units with hotel-style interiors. Designed by Wallman Architects, this project reflects the growing demand for upscale living outside Toronto's core.
State Building Group's 316 Bloor West - Overlooking the Spadina subway station, this 37-storey mixed-use building will add vibrancy to Toronto's Annex neighbourhood with 499 residential units and ground-floor retail spaces. Kirkor Architects Planners' design facilitates the extension of the Spadina station streetcar loop, illustrating the interconnection between construction and urban transit improvements.
Volkswagen Battery Cell Factory - Marking a significant step towards electrification, Volkswagen's subsidiary PowerCO SE is constructing its largest battery plant to date in St. Thomas, Ontario. This factory represents a major investment in electric vehicle production and positions Southern Ontario as a leader in green manufacturing.
Niche Developments and Urban Infill
The Millhouse Condominiums in Downtown Milton - Fernbrook Homes' The Millhouse Condominiums are transforming Milton's skyline with three towers that offer a blend of urban living and suburban tranquility. This development is a testament to the growing appeal of smaller cities within the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
Gorman Park Condos and 740 York Mills - In Toronto's Clanton Park and Windfields neighbourhoods, Gorman Park Condos and 740 York Mills by Minto Communities GTA are examples of mixed-use and townhouse developments that cater to the city's diverse housing needs. These projects highlight the construction industry's ability to adapt to various urban contexts.
31 Sherbourne North - O'Shanter Development Company is bringing a new residential option to Toronto's prestigious Rosedale neighbourhood with 31 Sherbourne Street North. Designed by GBCA Architects, this 3-storey building will offer 11 market-rate rental homes, blending with the area's upscale and historic character. Construction began in early 2024, with a mobile tower crane facilitating work within the project's compact site.
Gorman Park Condos - Pinemount Developments is the developer and the designer is Icon Architects. Gorman Park Condos is set to rise at 128 Gorman Park Road in Toronto's Clanton Park neighbourhood. This 9-storey mixed-use building will feature 170 market-rate rental units atop retail spaces, enhancing the community's livability and convenience. Demolition commenced in September, 2023, with shoring rigs appearing onsite last month.
740 York Mills - Minto Communities GTA is adding to the rental stock in Toronto's Windfields neighbourhood with its project at 740 York Mills Road, on the northwest corner with Leslie Street. Designed by Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, this unique development consists of seven, 3-storey buildings housing a total of 192 townhouse units. Breaking ground after the site's demolition in 2022, the construction team has been actively engaging in excavation and the formation of the underground garage.
95 Pidgeon - Rexton Development is bringing a new townhome community to life at 95 Pidgeon Street in the Clairlea-Birchmount area of Scarborough, adding 26 contemporary units across three buildings. Designed by TAES Architect, each 3-storey structure will offer a range of 8 to 10 units with heights reaching up to 13.49m. The site saw the arrival of excavators in Fall, 2023, moving swiftly towards concrete foundation footings and walls by December, alongside the assembly of wooden formwork.
The Role of Innovation and Collaboration
Urban Toronto reports that the Innovation in design and construction techniques, along with collaboration among developers, architects, and contractors, is pivotal in bringing these diverse projects to life. From sustainability initiatives like LEED certification to the integration of community spaces, the latest construction starts showcase the industry's commitment to building a better future for Southern Ontario.
The construction boom across Southern Ontario exemplifies the dynamic nature of the region's development landscape. For construction professionals, these projects offer a wealth of opportunities to engage with innovative building practices and contribute to the region's growth. As these developments progress, they not only reshape the physical environment but also enhance the livability and sustainability of communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
Posted by Judy Lamelza