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A rough timelapse sequence of the demolition of the old Ford dealership on Yorkville Avenue as part of site preparations for the new Four Seasons hotel/condominium proposal which will stretch from the historic fire station (with the tower visible in the photos) west between Yorkville Avenue and Scollard Avenue to Bay Street. The yellow box in the left of the photos is the sales centre (under construction).

The proposal is for two towers, one 46 storeys at the corner of Bay and Yorkville and the other of 30 storeys on Scollard adjacent to the existing recently completed mid-rise residential building. The proposal also includes a new urban square/park to complement the one built to the east of the fire hall and Yorkville library as part of the 18 Yorkville development, along with an integrated linear connection joining the two parks behind the library and fire hall. While these drawings certainly don’t show that the new park at this point will have the panache of the one designed by JRALA, the proposal has been given City approval, but I believe it has been challenged at the OMB by community and residents groups, with a decision still to come. More info (from the City) can be found here, OMB case details here and here.

Despite the enormous amounts of money involved in such large scale developments, it’s a sobering thought that surface parking is so profitable that it’s the first thing you do while waiting for your official go-ahead.

Images below from the information available on the City’s site here.

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  1. Wow, that came down fast. And thus Toronto loses one of it’s worst offending building.

    I gave a Yorkville Tour on Nuit Blanche and we stood in front of the temporary presentation centre (which seems to be taking forever to build) and looked at its giganticness. In Toronto those parking lots are certainly profitable — but we also build temporary structures that would probably be the biggest house in most towns in Canada. Probably more formidable too.

    The Yorkville firehall is finally free. It will look good eventually surrounded by all that glass and nice new parkland. Perfect Toronto.

  2. I had forgotten that dealership was there. It was like a negative zone for me. I would see the firehall but somehow blot out the existence of the dealership.

    I agree with Shawn that this looks like it could be a very good development for the area. Something I wouldn’t have to ignore to keep the area beautiful.