Condo tower enclave at Adelaide & John
The Bond is the third building to commence construction in what’s shaping up to be a significant condo tower enclave at the intersection of Adelaide and John Streets. Directly across the street from the former Alice Fazooli site, the 43-storey Cinema Tower is approaching its topping-off, while construction of the 42-storey Pinnacle on Adelaide has just begun climbing above street level. Two more towers might join the group on the southeast corner of John & Adelaide — a 40-storey condo has been proposed for 283 Adelaide West (currently the location of a presentation centre for the Pinnacle project), while an application has been filed with the City for a 42-storey residential highrise right next door to that at 263 Adelaide West. And though nothing has been announced yet, I’m certain something big must be in the works for the 284 Adelaide West site of Hooters restaurant, a prime piece of corner real estate mere steps away from The Bond.
Meanwhile, for anyone feeling wistful about the demise of Alice Fazooli’s, there’s some good news. Canderel Residential, the developer of the 78-storey Aura condo tower currently under construction at College Park, has announced that a new Alice Fazooli`s will be opening in the condo tower`s mammoth podium.
Below are more photos showing demolition activity at The Bond site, along with a selection of neighbourhood pictures I’ve shot during the past two years.
February 17 201: Adelaide Street view of Alice Fazooli’s, which had a courtyard patio tucked along on its east side. Click on the photo to view a larger image.
February 17 2011: The east wing of Alice Fazooli’s
February 17 2011: Development proposal sign posted on the restaurant exterior
March 14 2011: Looking toward the northwest corner of Adelaide & John Streets. The Bond condo site — the 2-storey white building and the 1-level brown structure with bright yellow awnings — sits just a few meters west of the Hooters restaurant on the corner.
March 14 201: The Bond will soar 40 storeys behind this Hooters restaurant at the northwest corner of Adelaide & John Streets
March 29 2011: A southwest view of The Bond`s next door neighbours — Hooters and the Active Green + Ross auto and tire center at 284 Adelaide West
March 29 2011: Another view of the Active Green + Ross auto centre. The big building to its rear is a cinema, restaurant and retail complex that stretches along Richmond Street between John and Widmer Streets
March 29 2011: Five Victorian rowhouses stand at 302-310 Adelaide Street West between The Bond condo site and Widmer Street (left). Click on the photo to view a larger image.
March 29 2011: Another view of the Victorian rowhouses and an 8-storey converted warehouse building at 312 Adelaide Street West
August 1 2011: Looking toward The Bond condo location from the south side of the Cinema Tower construction site. Click on the photo to view a larger format image.
September 3 2011: The Bond condominium sales center in the east wing of the former Alice Fazooli‘s restaurant building
November 20 2011: Another view of The Bond condominium sales center
August 25 2012: Two condo tower development sites on the southeast corner of Adelaide & John include the orange Pinnacle on Adelaide condo presentation centre at 283 Adelaide West and the brown brick Purman Building behind it, at 263 Adelaide West.
A development proposal sign outside the Pinnacle on Adelaide condo sales centre
October 1 2012: A view of the Purman Building at 263 Adelaide West. Constructed in 1915, the Purman is listed on the city’s inventory of heritage properties.
A development proposal sign posted on the exterior of the Purman Building
October 1 2012: From left are the Pinnacle on Adelaide condo sales centre, Festival Tower, two construction cranes on the Pinnacle site, and the Cinema Tower condo
October 1 2012: Construction recently reached street level at the Pinnacle on Adelaide site, foreground, and is nearing the topping-off point for the 43-storey Cinema Tower next door
October 1 2012: Looking across the Pinnacle construction zone toward the 290 Adelaide Street West site where The Bond will rise
This rendering of the Pinnacle on Adelaide appears on hoarding next to the construction site. The 42-storey tower was designed by Toronto’s Hariri Pontarini Architects.
October 1 2012: Cinema Tower is under construction immediately to the west of the Pinnacle site. A project of The Daniels Corporation, the tower will top off at 43 floors.
October 1 2012: A northwest view of the 6-storey podium for Cinema Tower
October 1 2012: A view of the Cinema Tower podium from the north side of Adelaide Street, outside the entrance to the former Alice Fazooli’s restaurant
October 1 2012: Demolition activity viewed from the west side of the Alice Fazooli’s site
October 1 201: A backhoe knocks the restaurant building into a heap of rubble
October 1 2012: Rubble at the north end of the former restaurant building
October 1 2012: The east side of the restaurant building. Although demolition was in progress, hoarding had yet to be installed on the Adelaide Street sidewalk (left).
October 4 2012: Hoarding has now been installed, and signage has been removed from the east wall of the building.
October 4 2012: Another view of the restaurant buildings being demolished.
October 4 2012: Widmer Street view of an excavating machine at work near a pile of rubble on the former restaurant site