Construction of underground parking facility will create new public spaces for Harbourfront Centre

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artistic illustration of the new Harbourfront Centre

From the Centre’s website, this artistic illustration suggests how the revitalized Harbourfront Centre will look with new public parks and amenities on the space formerly occupied by a large above-ground parking lot

 

Harbourfront Centre construction

April 21 2011: Excavation of the existing above-ground parking lot is underway to build a new below-ground parking facility


Site transformation: You can’t walk very far in downtown Toronto without encountering a “revitalization” project of some kind. Whether it’s public spaces like Nathan Phillips Square or the “mink mile” on Bloor Street, retail complexes like the Toronto Eaton Centre, transportation facilities like the Union subway station, or office towers like First Canadian Place, massive renovation and reconstruction projects are either underway, close to completion, or just getting started. Harbourfront Centre is no exception. The 10-acre cultural landmark is getting a major makeover that will create significant new public spaces at one of the city’s most popular waterfront attractions. The most visible work at the moment is excavation of the Centre’s large above-ground parking lot, which will be rebuilt — underground. That move will free up a tremendous amount of space to create new park and public amenity areas around the Harbourfront Centre facilities, which draw more than 12 million visitors annually. Although the parking lot is now a large, closed-off construction zone, it’s business as usual at the various Harbourfront Centre buildings, including Queen’s Quay Terminal, York Quay Centre, The Power Plant and the Enwave Theatre. Completion of the new underground parking lot is scheduled for next spring. Below are some recent photos of the revitalization activity underway at Harbourfront Centre.

Harbourfront Centre construction area

November 9 2011: The former parking lot for Harbourfront Centre has been cordoned off with fencing and hoarding as the revitalization project gets underway

 

Harbourfront Centre construction hoarding

November 9 2011: Construction hoarding around the former parking site

 

Harbourfront Centre billboard

A billboard on hoarding around the Harbourfront Centre construction site

 

Harbourfront Centre construction

Another billboard at the Harbourfront Centre construction site

 

Harbourfront Centre billboard

A diagram showing how the Harbourfront Centre site will be transformed

 

Harbourfront Centre construction site

April 21 2011: Construction site hoarding along Queens Quay Boulevard

 

Harbourfront Centre construction site

April 21 2011: Construction site hoarding along Queens Quay Boulevard

 

Harbourfront Centre construction site

April 21 2011: Looking from Queen’s Quay Boulevard toward excavation activity at the northeast corner of the site

 

Harbourfront Centre construction site

April 21 2011: Excavation activity at the northeast corner of the property

 

Harbourfront Centre construction site

April 21 2011: Excavation activity along the eastern perimeter of the property, next to the Queen’s Quay Terminal building

 

Harbourfront Centre construction site

April 21 2011: Construction of the new underground parking facility is expected to finish at around this time in 2012

 

Harbourfront Centre construction site

May 8 2011: Looking northwest at the Harbourfront Centre construction site from the driveway next to the Queen’s Quay Terminal building

 

Harbourfront Centre amphitheatre

May 8 2011: Landscape reconstruction activity north of the lakeside amphitheatre

 

Landscape reconstruction outside the amphitheatre

May 8 2011: Another view of landscaping activity behind the amphitheatre

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