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Yonge & Wellesley to get slick new 37 storey condo

Posted by Derek Flack / May 21, 2014

Wellesley Station Condos TorontoThe once predominantly low rise stretch of Wellesley Street between Yonge and Church is set to get another soaring condo, as Plaza has announced a 37-storey project to be known as 50 at Wellesley Station. This latest development will join 22 Wellesley Street East in transforming the street into a far denser corridor. Throw in the 54-storey Wellesley on the Park project immediately west of Yonge and you have an area that sets to get a massive influx of people over the next few years.

From the early renderings, 50 at Wellesley Station is one of the less bland projects that I've seen, with an L-shaped podium that offers visual interest at street level and a seam on the northeast side of the tower that tempers the monotony that so many glass buildings suffer from. I'd venture that the Quadrangle Architects' design is a nicer looking than the more bold Wellesley on the Park, but it's possible that the latter will come out looking better than what the renderings suggest (and it will have a lot more green space).

50 Wellesley StationIn the absence of detailed information, it's difficult to give an early verdict on 50 Wellesley, but the first signs are auspicious enough. What do you think? Will this prove to be a good addition to what is a rapidly expanding neighbourhood?

Discussion

25 Comments

Steven / May 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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300 square feet!!!

Our RV is bigger than that.
Zed / May 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm
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Wouldn't it actually be more of a Z shaped podium?
cd / May 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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I love how they show the sky and sunlight. Come on down anywhere south of Queen St. and you are in building generated shadows with no sky.

I guess I should move up to this beautiful pastoral condo in big sky country!
Greg Hannah / May 21, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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There's also a 3-something condo going up at 40 Wellesley Street, right next door, formally medical offices, currently a pharmacy and variety store ("The Mix").
Perry Como / May 21, 2014 at 01:14 pm
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this is good news for that hell hole known as yonge and wellesley
steve replying to a comment from Steven / May 21, 2014 at 01:17 pm
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Europeans have been living like that for centuries, we are just greedy for space in NA.
Perty Como puts people to sleep replying to a comment from Perry Como / May 21, 2014 at 01:28 pm
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Excuse me, but since when has Yonge & Wellesley been a hellhole? Stop projecting your hatred of anybody who's not lucky enough to be in a higher income bracket into this discussion, and while you're at it, stop encouraging the building of these behemoths.
thehell? replying to a comment from Perty Como puts people to sleep / May 21, 2014 at 01:48 pm
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Have you not been to Y&W lately?

It most certainly is a hell hole.

Filthy, buildings and stores than are in dire need of updates and renos, etc.

Anything to help clean this area up the better.
kn / May 21, 2014 at 01:48 pm
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More overbuilt awfulness. Where's that clown Adam Vaughan talking about family size condos? Oh right, Adam doesn't know what a condo fee is.
RyanMills / May 21, 2014 at 01:51 pm
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You can find all the details pertaining to this condo here:

condonow.com/50-at-Wellesley-Station-Condos

489 sq ft means you likely won't see any studios. I'm expecting a lot of one bedrooms+dens type of suites.
steve replying to a comment from kn / May 21, 2014 at 02:02 pm
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Adam Vaughn was the Councillor for ward 20. This is ward 27 your Councillor is Kryistyn Wong-Tam.

Adam has done amazing things for his ward, he has reigned in rampant development and got the best he could. A great mix of entertainment, housing and commercial space. it is no longer a cesspool of huge night clubs and abandoned warehouses. Maybe ward 27 can get its act together and become better place to live.
mike in parkdale replying to a comment from steve / May 21, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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some of us happened to like the abandoned warehouses.
crazyegg / May 21, 2014 at 02:41 pm
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I rarely go to that area of downtown anymore. But...

Your are right. What a hell hole. Retail stores all closed down and for lease. No nice bars except perhaps for elephant and castle...

Yonge street is (was) arguably Canada's most famous street but it is now a sad sight. It needs an injection of classier retail stores.

In order for Yonge street to regain its former glory as a DESTINATION, city planners need to stop allowing high rise residential units to flourish on prime commercial land.

Regards,
ed...
Laura / May 21, 2014 at 03:00 pm
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I currently live at 22 Wellsley, and actually love the area. As a 24 year old working professional it has absolutely everything I need within steps from my door. The neighbourhood is quiet and friendly.

I welcome the new residents in the area, but I am not excited about the construction.
ConservativeVoter / May 21, 2014 at 03:55 pm
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Feminists who work in the professional sector purchase these condos with their earnings from BackPage ads.
How come if you Google "Toronto women suck" you get hundreds of more searches than you do if you did the same for women of other nationalities? If there is nothing wrong with them as a whole, how do you explain that? Also, if you Google "Foreign women vs. Canadian women" and you will see results from thousands of writers that made the same observations and comparisons that I did. What does that tell you?
CW replying to a comment from crazyegg / May 21, 2014 at 04:52 pm
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> Your are right. What a hell hole. Retail stores all closed down and for lease.

The only closed stores are those south of St Joeseph St as they are being incorporated into
Five Condos. I'm guessing you cant be more specific about which stores as they don't exist.

The area has one of the best breakfast places in town, Coach House, as well as best pizza, Olympic 76. There are around 5 major supermarkets within 10 minutes walk. One less now that No Frills on Sherbourne shut down. If you work downtown its probably the most convenient place to live.

Dave replying to a comment from cd / May 21, 2014 at 07:24 pm
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Maybe you should move to the country so you can have all the sun you want. What a baby.
ConservativeDoter replying to a comment from ConservativeVoter / May 21, 2014 at 07:25 pm
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What exactly are you going on about
toronto dude replying to a comment from CW / May 21, 2014 at 07:49 pm
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right you are. it's a really great neighbourhood to live in with all of the conveniences nearby and endless choices of shopping and dining for any budget. granted, Yonge between Alexander and Wellesley is not the best right now....it is in transition and the direction is up....also, all is not what it seems on Yonge St. on the West side of Yonge we've had some new shops open up but the spaces on the East side are temporary as that block is being torn down soon for......wait for it.....a new 2 tower condo with a 2 storey retail podium and a public parking garage.

the parking lot across from the subway station is in the talking stage for a condo as is the building where Olympic 76 Pizza/Fly nightclub is up on Gloucester.

all the new people that these developments will bring will restore the thriving retail back to Yonge by 2020....it's going to be great.
tree columns / May 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm
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barf.
crazyegg / May 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm
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Hi All,

While I don't disagree that the area is very convenient for those who live there, I don't think that high density condos will attract shoppers to the area as a DESTINATION.

Downtown Yonge Street is (was / should be) a major retail commercial corridor.

It's very ironic that residents will move into a "hot" area due to all the great "unique shopping and funky restaurants" but many of these cool places will close down as the owners sell out to developers. In essence, it becomes a wasteland of condo concrete sameness. Unless you call burger joints, pizza places and dollar bazaars "destinations".

Just look at Queen West. Its on life support. The same fate may await Yonge Street.

Regards,
ed...

Allen replying to a comment from Steven / May 22, 2014 at 12:47 am
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"Unit Size Range: 459 - 1287 sq.ft"
mike in parkdale / May 22, 2014 at 09:49 am
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Shopper's Drugmart, Sobey's and a Wine Rack to not a neighborhood make.
Live and let live or go home / May 22, 2014 at 10:15 am
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I laugh at these spoiled suburbanites who move downtown and freak out at any neighbourhood other than that where they have chosen their new condo. STFU people; the world doesn't revolve around you, and others have different lifestyles and environs than your narrow world.
kn replying to a comment from steve / May 22, 2014 at 08:23 pm
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Hey Steve, I realize it isn't Vaughan's ward. Wong-Tam and Vaughan are basically interchangeable. A team of the pseudo enlightened. They try to present themselves as visionary liberals, but they are basically empty minded individuals who have read the coles notes of Marxism or maybe they have picked up an architectural digest and glanced at the pictures. Adam had nothing to do with Clubland moving on. The landlords figured out they could make a lot more money renting to day businesses than club owners. It's as simple as that.

Adam actually makes decisions based on how many votes he can get. Oh there's a proposal for a condo at Bathurst and Bloor next to the Annex?? Ohhhhhh that's bad because the rich Annex residents don't think it good urban planning. Let's put a zoning freeze on all of Bathurst to stop the evil empire from developing!!!!

Adam also saw an opportunity to score browny points by keeping Kensington market from the dreaded big box empire!! Somehow Adam and the rest of the Kensington crew haven't noticed that gentrification has taken over long ago in Kensington market. Nothing will be left for the poor in this neighbourhood in the next 10-15 yrs. Kensington is about to become a playground for the rich urban hipsters only.

Adam has done absolutely nothing to stop the overdevelopment of almost every property in Ward 20. In fact, his big baby, the redevelopment of Atkinson coop, in Alexandra park involves a perverse deal with a private developer to line Dundas west with 15-20 story buildings because the local TCHC residents demanded their town homes rebuilt. Adam doesn't worry about the fact that most people can't afford to live downtown, let alone buy a town home. He's only worried about his browny points and votes.

The bigger issues are two fold. Clown councillors who have no vision and a planning dept who can't fathom anything other than a condo to build livable neighbourhoods. Our city council is an embarrassment. Maybe it's beyond the councillor's abilities to work at the details and treat communities as complex entities.

Approving an 7 or 8 story boutique condo or a 4 or 5 story stacked town home won't destroy a community. Approving a 15-20 story building in the middle of a neighbourhood will.

Build diversity.

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