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By the numbers: The Canary District development

Now in its second year of full-scale construction, the Canary District development on the West Don Lands is finally starting to move skyward. When it's finished, the land bound by Cherry Street, Eastern Avenue, the Don River and Union rail corridor will first be home to visiting athletes competing in the 2015 Pan Am Games before being tweaked for the housing market.

In addition to several low-rise apartment complexes, the site is also going to be home to a 500-bed George Brown College residence and a 51,000 square foot YMCA and community centre complete with an Olympic sized swimming pool. It's expected the first units will be occupied by 2016. The Don River Park - part downtown flood barrier, part recreation space we explored last year - is due to open this summer.

Here are the figures on Toronto's long-awaited West Don Lands housing development:

Concrete poured: 80,000 cubic metres
Workers on site: 365
Athletes expected for Pan Am Games: 10,000
Cranes on site: 8
New streetcar track on Cherry Street: 1.3 kilometres
New streets: 1.2 kilometres
New condos, townhomes, and lofts: 827
New parkland: 18 acres
Retail space: 40,000 square feet
Combined pool capacity: 19,9807 gallons
Total development size: 35 acres
Development cost per acre: $14.7 million
Total development cost: $514 million (fixed price contract)

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

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