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Are these towers the future of Yonge and Eglinton?

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 18, 2013

yonge eglintonYonge and Eglinton is in a state of flux. The Crosstown LRT is coming, the old bus connections at the subway station are disappearing, and the neighbourhood's population is set to skyrocket.

On the northeast corner, the E condos will be the tallest of five major construction projects planned for the midtown intersection over the next five years. Towering roughly 64 floors above the street and split between two substantial buildings - dubbed E8 and E15 - the glass frontages will be a key facet of the crossroads come 2017. And now we have a much better idea of what exactly they're going to look like.

yonge eglintonThe E condos, also known as 8 Eglinton, have come a long way. The first drawings submitted to the city's Design Review Panel in January 2012 were panned for a variety of reasons, including a proposed low overhanging podium and a lack of space between the towers.

Six months later, the group responsible for promoting good aesthetics, urban design, and landscaping on major construction projects recommend only minor tweaks to a revised proposal.

In its latest examination of the drawings, the DRP agreed the density and height of the proposal was appropriate for the neighbourhood and complimented the widened sidewalk on Yonge Street. There were some concerns over "incidental and a little misplaced" street furniture.

yonge eglintonPerhaps the most noticeable feature for non-residents will be a green-roofed entrance to the TTC subway and LRT lines. The DRP liked the idea, though they suggest a glass beacon might make the portal easier to find. Short of that, the group thought the roof could double as a small parkette.

The large street-level plaza as a whole was also well received, though the panel hoped for a Bixi station and "engaging retail tenants" on the corner. The TD bank currently occupying the site should be moved north, they said.

The project is currently in the rezoning phase - the first condo owners are expected to take occupancy in October 2017.

What do you think of the latest renderings for this condo? Did the Design Review Panel get it right?

VITAL STATS:

Number of units: 889
Floors: 64 (E8) and 38 (E15)
Parking spaces: 450
Height: 202.05 metres (E8) and 119.70 metres (E15)
Total retail area: 5,380 square metres
Density: 16.0x lot area

(Figures correct as of last available staff report.)

MORE IMAGES:

yonge eglintonYonge-Eglinton plazayonge eglintonSoutheast on Roehampton Avenueyonge eglintonLooking southwest on Roehampton Ave.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Images: r.varacalli architect and NAK Design

Discussion

24 Comments

Adam / March 18, 2013 at 01:44 pm
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Not to nitpick, but I'm almost certain that view with the Duke is looking south-east.

Also, this thing is ugly.
Steven / March 18, 2013 at 01:46 pm
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Yawn. Another bland use of bland architecture.
Bill / March 18, 2013 at 01:48 pm
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The buildings look lovely but how many condos can you squeeze into that neighbourhood until the life is squeezed out of there?
Zissou / March 18, 2013 at 01:51 pm
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Another condobeast.
I / March 18, 2013 at 02:00 pm
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You have a major intersection..why not put something distinctive there a-la the Marylin towers in Mississauga?

Chris Bateman replying to a comment from Adam / March 18, 2013 at 02:04 pm
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Just testing – you're right.
Drew replying to a comment from Adam / March 18, 2013 at 02:05 pm
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It's not nitpicky. I sat here for a good two minutes trying to figure out why it looked weird and then just how wrong it is.
Chris Bateman replying to a comment from Drew / March 18, 2013 at 02:07 pm
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Captions were reversed by mistake. All fixed.
Deni / March 18, 2013 at 02:25 pm
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Life? I lived there for 14 years. AFAIK, there hasn't been life there for at least 20
Big Daddy / March 18, 2013 at 02:47 pm
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Well that just sucks!! They managed to take the sexiness out of this building and create just another "city-Place" apartment building. Where is the dramatic red offset section which beautifully contrasted with the black obelisk, slender tower?

What is the role of the DRP? To dumb down and unify all apartment buildings across T.O.?

This is not a "big yawn" - this is an injustice. The DRP have ruined one of the more interesting proposals we have seen in the city. What gives them this power?
RenderPornStar / March 18, 2013 at 03:32 pm
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It still looks like a RenderPornStar! Hot :)

Love the street level details and especially the simplicity of the shorter tower.
Todd / March 18, 2013 at 03:42 pm
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Super cute that there's going to be a "bistro" at street level. If you squint it looks like it says "destroy".

Starbucks Bistro or TD Canada Trust Bistro? Or, maybe, gee golly, both?! Christmas DOES come in March!
Developers be trippin' / March 18, 2013 at 03:56 pm
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As a refugee from the suburbs, who also spent several years living in Asia, I'm all for high-density living, provided the infrastructure is in place to support it. But I will never understand Toronto's obsession with these boring, and often ugly, steel and glass monstrosities. A few decades from now, people will look back at the current boom with a great of regret.

Function hasn't just defeated form, it shot form 8 times in the head, burned the body, and tossed it into a shallow grave in the woods.
kyler / March 18, 2013 at 05:33 pm
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This area is way too overpacked as it is.
Yvonne / March 18, 2013 at 06:07 pm
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awesome!!! NOT!!!
EC / March 18, 2013 at 06:37 pm
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Oh good, they are going to tear down the building I LIVE IN.
thanos replying to a comment from Developers be trippin' / March 18, 2013 at 09:09 pm
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Have you seen all the concrete shitboxes that Asian countries have built in the last 10 years? I think people in Shanghai will be knocking their heads in 10 years time looking at all the crap that has gone up there.
bob / March 18, 2013 at 09:22 pm
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ugly and boring.. it will fit in well..
Joey14 / March 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm
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For goodness sakes, can't we get any new buildings with some colour? Why can't the new version of these towers (with an improved street level plaza) incorporate the original red elements?
Aaron replying to a comment from thanos / March 19, 2013 at 06:34 am
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Well that's good to hear thanos. No need to worry about our shitty shitboxes because they are also building shitty shitboxes in Shanghai. Let's show these 3rd world and developing nations that their shitboxes are no match to ours!
ttraveller / March 19, 2013 at 07:19 am
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I have lived in Toronto for over 30 years. DRP controls all urban design in this town. Thus we have a camel (racehorse designed by committee). Always has been. Always will be.
Simon / March 19, 2013 at 03:37 pm
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Bland and sterile. Just like the rest of Yonge and Eglinton.
Alex / March 21, 2013 at 02:25 pm
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Meh, looks fine to me. Not sure what you mean by our population skyrocketing with only 5 towers planned. Between Yonge and Brownlow south of Eglinton I count 12 aparment/condo buildings alone. Yonge and Eg is full of condos, apartments, and offices. Anyone who thinks Yonge and Eg will suddenly be overpopulated by a couple condos obviously has never actually been there. We're directly on a subway line and getting an LRT, we're a perfect place for more density in the city.

Also, why does everyone complain about glass and concrete towers? What else would you build them out of? Wood? I like how glass towers look, so sleek. It would be nice to have some really distinctive architecture, but that is really expensive. Ordinary people need somewhere to live too. Maybe the next luxury condo or whatever can hire a star architect.
anonymous / March 23, 2013 at 10:49 pm
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Yonge and eglinton lacks community. The addition of tall ugly buildings further adds a coldness to this once trendy yet relaxed area of town. It represents now high stress, high population and with that higher crime and overall a cold neighborhood. There is a better way to develop this intersection and bring revenue, tourists, students and encourage a community feel and activities. Also not confident on glass facade buildings. Trump tower has its difficulties already with that. And what about our bird population?! ... Clearly this project is more about money for developers than building a city neighborhood with values and vision that will sustain our city spirit. I hope to be out of this neighborhood by the time all this ridiculous develoment starts. Also...with the lrt..that's just more ppl being dropped off all at once on an already congested subway line that can't handle current volumes. We need our City counsellors to take a more active role in these decisions that are made.

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