Demolition of former retail plaza underway at Jarvis/Dundas site for 46-storey Pace condo tower

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PACE Condos site

July 1 2011: A view of the southwest corner of Jarvis and Dundas Streets …

 

PACE Condos site at Dundas and Jarvis Streets

…  where half of the small strip plaza that once occupied the site has been demolished to make way for construction of the 46-storey Pace Condos tower

 

Pace Condos site at Dundas & Jarvis

March 22 2011: This is what the plaza looked like before demolition started

 

 

Strong sales: There isn’t much left of the small retail plaza that formerly sat at the southwest corner of Dundas and Jarvis Streets, home to a convenience store, coin laundry and restaurants until late last year. This week, a demolition machine began to destroy the single-storey structures that used to occupy the property on which developer Great Gulf Homes plans to construct Pace Condos. According to the rezoning application that Great Gulf filed with the city in March, the proposed 46-storey tower will have a 10-storey podium and five underground levels, and will contain 417 condominium suites. The Pace Condos website indicates that 27 different floor plans are available for units ranging from small studios to 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, along with “family suites” offering 3, 3.5 or 4 bedrooms. Design-wise, Pace Condos will be “a paragon of architectural brilliance,” the website gushes. “Pace is a shimmering glass tower artfully placed on a podium comprised of dark charcoal-coloured bricks. This is urban elegance at its best. This is eye-catching, eye candy design the likes of which the city has never seen,” it adds. Curiously, the website doesn’t credit Toronto’s Diamond + Schmitt Architects, the firm behind the tower design it lauds so highly, although it does mention that “custom kitchens” will be designed by Ciccone Simone.

When I first wrote about the Pace Condos project in my March 22 2011 post, I noted that the building location is a seedy area on the edge of one of Canada’s poorest residential districts. While I personally wouldn’t want to live in the neighbourhood, nor would any of the friends with whom I have discussed the condo project, I did acknowledge that Great Gulf would probably find plenty of eager buyers willing to pay to live there. It looks like that has indeed been the case: According to the project website, 14 of the condo’s 27 floorplans have already sold out.

Below is a screenshot — from the Pace Condos website — showing how the proposed tower will look, along with several more photos I took today of demolition progress on the building site.

 

architectural illustration of the Pace Condos tower

From the Pace Condos website, an architectural illustration of the glass tower and its 10-storey dark charcoal-coloured brick podium

 

Pace Condo tower site at Dundas & Jarvis

July 1 2011: A view of the Pace Condos site from outside the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/City Centre on the northeast corner of Dundas & Jarvis

 

Pace Condo tower location at Dundas & Jarvis Streets Toronto

July 1 2011: The former convenience store building has been reduced to rubble

 

Pace Condo tower location at Dundas & Jarvis Streets Toronto

July 1 2011: Only the south wall of the former retail businesses is left standing

 

Pace Condo tower location at Dundas and Jarvis Streets Toronto

July 1 2011: The former coin laundry building is partially demolished

 

Pace Condo tower location at Dundas and Jarvis Streets Toronto

July 1 2011: A view of the Pace Condos site from the north side of Dundas Street. The Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto is the tower at left, while the highrise at right rear is a condominium; both are located on Jarvis Street just south of Dundas.

 

Pace Condo tower location at Dundas and Jarvis Toronto

July 1 2011: Another view of the site from the north side of Dundas Street

 

Pace Condo tower location at Dundas and Jarvis Streets in Toronto

July 1 2011: Demolition will resume after the Canada Day holiday weekend

 

Pace Condo tower location at Dundas and Jarvis STreets Toronto

July 1 2011: A view of the site from Jarvis Street, looking west

 

 

2 thoughts on “Demolition of former retail plaza underway at Jarvis/Dundas site for 46-storey Pace condo tower

  1. Dakpig

    What a great idea for a blog! I haven’t had much time to look around yet, just your main page and this post but I love it! I spend a lot of time walking around Toronto and the glut of new construction is a favourite topic of conversation. Now I’ll be so much better informed! I hit this post first because my hubby used to work around the corner from here and we’ve slowly watched the decline of the strip mall – figured something like a new condo or hotel must be destined for the spot.
    Keep the posts coming!

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