At last! Great Gulf breaking ground today for its 70-storey One Bloor condo tower at Yonge & Bloor

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One Bloor Toronto condo tower construction site

July 13 2011:  Construction equipment rises above the One Bloor condo tower construction site, viewed here from the west side of Yonge Street

 

Shovels ready: It only felt like it was taking forever, but it’s finally going to happen: According to a July 14 2011 article posted on the Toronto Star website, Great Gulf Homes will break ground tomorrow to officially launch construction of its 70-storey One Bloor condo tower at the southeast corner of at Yonge and Bloor Streets.

Frankly, it’s about time. Seven months ago — in a January 10 2011 post, to be exact — I publicly wondered when Great Gulf was going to get shovels in the ground and start building the One Bloor tower on what is often referred to as the “premier” piece of real estate in Canada. During the months that followed, heavy machines rolled on and off of the One Bloor site, hinting that a construction start was imminent. But they didn’t stay for long, and nothing appeared to change on the property. But after foundation building equipment arrived on the site in June, it seemed clear that preliminary construction work for the tower was set to start.

Initially, One Bloor was slated to be a 65-storey condo building with two floors of retail space fronting on the prestigious Yonge & Bloor intersection. However, thanks to strong buyer demand (the Star says 85% of the units in the 732-suite tower have been sold), One Bloor will now soar five storeys taller — topping off at 70 floors. Construction is expected to cost $450 million and last until the end of 2014.

Below are several One Bloor website renderings that suggest how the skyscraper, designed by Toronto’s Hariri Pontarini Architects, will look, along with photos I’ve taken of the project site in recent months.

 

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Condo tower rendering from the One Bloor project website

 

One Bloor Toronto condo tower podium rendering

Condo tower podium rendering from the One Bloor project website   

 

One Bloor Toronto condo tower

Another tower rendering seen in this screen capture from the One Bloor website


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May 1 2011: Trailers on the otherwise vacant south side of the One Bloor condo tower construction site, viewed from the west side of the Xerox Tower

 

One Bloor condo tower Toronto

May 1 2011: Looking west across the vacant One Bloor site

 

One Bloor Toronto condo tower site

May 1 2011: Looking northwest toward the corner of Yonge & Bloor

 

One Bloor Toronto condo tower construction site

June 22 2011: A shoring rig on the northern half of the One Bloor site

 

One Bloor Toronto condo tower site

June 22 2011: Yonge Street view of the shoring rig on the One Bloor property

 

One Bloor Toronto condo tower construction site

June 22 2011: Bloor Street view of the shoring rig

One Bloor Toronto condo tower construction site

July 6 2011: Two shoring rigs ready for action on the building site

 

One Bloor Toronto condo tower construction site

July 6 2011: A closer look at the two rigs sitting idle on the site

 

One Bloor Toronto condo tower construction site

July 13 2011: More construction equipment and a tent have been brought in for the groundbreaking ceremony

 

Skyscrapers at Yonge & Bloor Streets in Toronto

July 14 2011: My balcony view at sunset of skyscrapers near Yonge & Bloor Streets. The 45-storey Casa condominium tower (center) currently dominates the skyline; however, in three or four years’ time, One Bloor — which will rise just to the right rear of Casa — will be the tallest building in the area

 

 

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