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Is the Distillery about to get another soaring condo?

Posted by Derek Flack / July 22, 2014

distillery district condoPlans are afoot to bring another soaring condo to the Distillery District. Already home to a number of recent developments, including the smart-looking Pure Spirit condos, the south end of the former industrial area could soon feature a 57-storey KPMB-designed tower. Urban Toronto has the early info on this one, which would be built on a portion of the Distillery that's currently home to a parking lot and effectively enclose the space by blocking off the view and sound of the nearby Gardiner Expressway and rail corridor.

Distillery District condoIf the early renderings are any indication, the project will feature an elongated podium (what the designers call "a ribbon building") scaled to the height of the historical buildings on the west side of which the tower will rise. Designed by KPMB for Dundee Realty and Cityscape Development Corporation, the development looks like it could make a nice addition to the increasingly touristy neighbourhood without taking much (if anything) away from the historical makeup of the District.

What do you think of the early plans for the development?



paul / July 22, 2014 at 11:52 am
I guess I won't be getting that midday sun anymore.

57 storeys for the distillery is a bit ridiculous.
RJB replying to a comment from paul / July 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm
$$ bills yall
iSkyscraper / July 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm
Love it. Another parking lot dies, another tower soars. KPMB doesn't screw around either on the design side. Go for it.

Only problem I see with this growing area is the lack of transit. Badly need a Queens Quay E streetcar line to loop up Parliament and then back downtown via King to better tie the DD into the transit grid.
???? replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / July 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm
Are they not working on the QQ E streetcar line right now?

It was my understanding that it would be coming from the underground, ala the QQ W line, around Bay/Jarvis and heading east??

I could be completely wrong on this though.
josh / July 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm
As someone who lives in the district this would be another welcomed addition the plans look great
condoblight / July 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm
"the development looks like it could make a nice addition to the increasingly touristy neighbourhood without taking much (if anything) away from the historical makeup of the District."

You're kidding right ?
The condos currently there have already destroyed the makeup of the this a shill ad for a developer ?
jen replying to a comment from ???? / July 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm
Nope, that project got scrapped/delayed/not happening/too expensive/Rob Forded. East QQ might get a bus. There will be a Cherry Street car, although I'm not sure how long it will take to build it.
wait for it... / July 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm
brace yourself for a lot of small town bitching about "condos".
???? replying to a comment from jen / July 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Hmm, didn't realize that. Curious as to what all that construction is then along QQ E of Bay ???

The Cherry St - Car is being built as we speak.
The line down from King E is nearing completion.

I believe it loops in the Distillery then heads back up to King.

Would be good to connect down to QQ E though eventually.
linden / July 22, 2014 at 03:09 pm
I get it Toronto grows but does the city needs thousands of the same glass towers- where is the imagination, the urban planning, the amazing city architecture. The distillery district from all places should be developed as low rise area with coffee places, restaurants, art shops, public space. We should not settle for parking vs condos. I have really given up my hopes for Toronto.
steve replying to a comment from linden / July 22, 2014 at 03:51 pm
Take your eyes off the top and look around. You will be pleased with what you see.
not-a-NIMBY replying to a comment from condoblight / July 22, 2014 at 04:00 pm
NIMBY we ask that you stay quiet.

If you want a city that does not evolve? then move to a city like that.
Toronto is a PROGRESSIVE city. Next you will dislike that the distilery was restored.
You are the type who complained over the CN Tower and the BMO building and the original subways.
If we let NIMBY's have any say nothing will ever be done. Toronto will fail and die.

We need more buildings. We need more bike paths
we need better traffic lights, we need more PERIOD.

C / July 22, 2014 at 05:34 pm
That is the most boring looking building. The Distillery deserves something better, something iconic.
Gary / July 22, 2014 at 06:48 pm
I'm sorry but I disagree with the writer of this article. Toronto has no real historic area that is consistent in its design, height, massing or age. Besides Liberty Village, the distillery was the only area in Toronto that had historic buildings with the same consistent look and massing. Once those tall, modern towers went up, the integrity of the historic district was destroyed. It wouldn't be such a big deal if we had lots of other great historic districts but we don't. The same shit was allowed to happen in Liberty Village and look how good that turned out.

Toronto has a way of screwing up it's historic districts. Instead of playing up the historic aspect of it and turning them into great tourist attractions and beautiful areas, they just become ordinary mixed areas, where developers can make lots of cash. It seems like money is the only thing our politicians value. Both the Distillery and Liberty Village are compromised and have degraded any authentic historic vibe. At least the Distillery has some artistic and entertainment value, so it's not a complete write-off, like Liberty Village.
I wish these 2 special districts could have been saved from the developers but we have gutless politicians who always give in, so this is what we get.

As historic districts go, Toronto is a write-off. It's the only major city in North America without an uncompromised historic district. So yes, I am opposed to another glass box. That building looks boring as hell anyway. The ribbob part that blocks out the Gardiner is fine but the tower is ordinary and featureless.
Richard / July 22, 2014 at 07:26 pm
Its disgusting.

Liberty village is a complete Joke, sorry Condo Village.
look what happen to that mess over there.

greedy Bastards.

its about squeezing condo buildings in every spare inch available.

I live in the Distillery....
maybe we can rename it Condo district.

take those designs and shove them up your ars

Antand Bee / July 22, 2014 at 07:51 pm
Everybody squish in!!!
condoblight replying to a comment from not-a-NIMBY / July 22, 2014 at 07:58 pm
Wow you are so misguided and have absolutely no idea what you're talking about you smug idiot.

How can you compare the CN Tower and the "original subways" as you put it, to the integrity of the historic character of the Distillery district ?

I'm not a NIMBY at all, in fact, I welcome development, just proper, well thought out development, not cookie cutter towers shoehorned in with no redeeming qualities whatsoever and ripping the historical character to shreds...

So, Mr. stick up your ass, think before you speak and try asking relevant questions before making unfounded and asinine comments like the ones you made.

Have a nice day !
Kn / July 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm
Toronto is building 116 condos in progress or completion this yr. NY CITY has 32. Yes obviously we need more. We haven't seen enough "progress" yet.
AG / July 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm
This article is forgetting the hotel/condo that will be going up on the north side of the Distillery as well.
Distillery District has become money hungry and has lost its integrity along the way. It is entirely self-serving and has little to no interest in the community. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next 10 years.
tired of whiners / July 23, 2014 at 01:24 am
What a lot of whiners. Is there ANYTHING you won't complain about? Talk about lack of confidence and low self esteem. Makes me sick.
CW / July 23, 2014 at 01:10 pm
Won't somebody think of the parking lots!!!!!!
Princess St / July 26, 2014 at 12:41 pm
Well - For what my two cents are worth (nothing), I sat on the SLNA Board for years and it was painful. There was never talk about building "iconic" buildings in our community, it always came down to restricting height / never working with developers to do something world class.

I love going to NYC because you get to see buildings that catch your eye in the sky. Think of 1 King west - slim, cool building that people wanted to stop. Think of the L Tower - amazing body and shape to that building. Think of the new building at Yonge and Gerard (78 stories I think). I see that thing driving from the beaches and it makes me say "WOW" every time I see it.

Because of the NIMBY's in the community, I will be forced to see 3 ugly 32 story condo's go up on the Sobeys site with a 12 story podium covering the entire block. Think of the condo where Coffee Time is. It is short and fat and covers the whole block. That architect should be taken out and strapped to the Go train tracks......

You know when the NIMBY's are 'chirping' that change is on the way....

As for the proposal - I think the building should be 70+ story's and designed something more like the L tower or the Mississauga twin towers (did I just say Mississauga..:) and less like the new Four Season's Hotel or the existing condo's at the distillery. GO BIG and BE BOLD!
Bp / August 24, 2014 at 10:09 am
Initial report the from the city :;vgnextchannel=6c6452cc66061410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

"the 57-storey tower within the Triangle Lands is an ambitious proposal and appears to be over- development of the property. The 57-storey tower does not take into consideration the potential development impacts on the rest of the Triangle Lands, and does not respect the planning framework established for the adjacent Distillery District, in particular its heritage character."
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