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Battle brewing over Distillery District hotel

Posted by Derek Flack / September 28, 2016

Distillery District HotelBack in late 2011 a proposal for a 34-storey hotel in the Distillery District made headlines in Toronto for its modern design and attractive address at 60 Mill St. Designed by Saucier + Perrotte Architects, the initial plans even won an architectural award.

Just a few months later, however, the Design Review Panel cited a number of issues with the proposal -- most notably the height of the structure given its context -- and it seemed like the project was destined for the cutting room floor.



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New face of the Broadview Hotel ready to be revealed

Posted by Derek Flack / September 28, 2016

broadview hotelNew details regarding the redevelopment of the Broadview Hotel have finally been announced. While the main opening of the building in still slated for 2017, a ceremony will be held October 5 at 7 p.m. to unveil the restored facade of the 125 year old hotel, which has been under hoarding for months as crews have worked on the masonry under the guidance of ERA Architects.

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One of Toronto's oldest eyesores will finally see new life

Posted by Derek Flack / September 27, 2016

bloor lansdowneThere are huge changes in store for the Junction Triangle, but an announcement today that the long vacant lot on Lansdowne Avenue between Bloor and Wallace has been finally been freed up for redevelopment might be the most significant.

The four acre site was the subject of a long dispute between the TTC and General Electric over TCE (trichloroethene) contamination. Vacant since 1997, now that the two parties have settled, the gaping hole in the neighbourhood can finally be reanimated. Anyone who's passed by here in the last nine years will know what a big deal this is.

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10 quirky things you might not know about Queen St.

Posted by Derek Flack / September 27, 2016

queen street torontoQueen is a street steeped in Toronto lore. From its status as the city's first major east/west thoroughfare to the arts and music heyday of the 1970s and '80s, to its ranking as one of the coolest strips in the world (thanks Vogue!). Behind Yonge, it might be the most important street in Toronto, and with that comes all sorts of quirky trivia to soak up.

Here are 10 quirky things you might not know about Queen St. in Toronto.

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Toronto again under attack by swarms of tiny insects

Posted by Derek Flack / September 27, 2016

midges torontoToronto is once again under siege by swarms of insects looking to mate before they perish later this fall. Those who live near that water will find the clouds of these chironomids (a.k.a. midges) particularly thick and bothersome, though they can also be found in other areas.

The city typically experiences two of these midge attacks a year, though the number can be as high as four. So far, the concentration hasn't been as bad as last year, but it's also earlier that they've been spotted.

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Rogers gets into real estate with massive condo project

Posted by Derek Flack / September 27, 2016

Rogers Condos MississaugaRogers is getting into the condo game -- in a major way. Plans for a 10 tower Mississauga condo complex were revealed today for a swath of land that Ted Rogers purchased in the 1960s with the intention of building a radio transmitter there. Now it will serve as the site of the first project for Rogers Real Estate Development Limited.

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