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Trump Tower set to overtake Bay Adelaide Centre as it keeps rising on Financial District skyline

Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto

May 8 2011:  Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto construction progress viewed from Nathan Phillips Square


Getting taller: I keep waiting for the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto to make a big impact on my balcony view of the Financial District. For more than a month, I’ve been able to see the Trump Toronto’s rooftop construction crane poking above and behind the 51-storey Bay Adelaide Centre. But within a couple more weeks, I should finally be able to see the actual tower itself. Below are several recent photos showing the Trump Toronto’s progress ascending to the ranks of the city’s tallest buildings.


Trump International Hotel + Tower Toronto

April 8 2011: Trump Toronto construction viewed from Nathan Phillips Square


Trump International Hotel + Tower Toronto

April 23 2011: From my balcony, I can see the Trump’s construction crane poking out from behind the Bay Adelaide Centre building


Trump International Hotel + Tower Toronto

April 23 2011: A zoom view of the Trump Toronto rising behind BAC


Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto

May 8 2011: Another view of Trump Toronto from City Hall


Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto

May 13 2011: Trump Toronto viewed from corner of Adelaide and York Streets



City Scene: Adelaide Street keeps growing taller

Adelaide Street


Towers rising: This view of Toronto’s Financial District — seen yesterday from the intersection of Adelaide Street West and Widmer Street — will change considerably in the next few months as the Living Shangri-La Toronto hotel and condo tower and Trump International Hotel + Tower Toronto climb taller.

This particular block of Adelaide will look drastically different in a couple of years, too. The 43-storey Cinema Tower condo is under construction behind the red hoarding at right; another 43-storey condo, the Pinnacle on Adelaide, will be going up beside it, where the white billboard stands.

Meanwhile, a developer is seeking city approval to build a 37-storey condo and office tower where the building with the yellow awnings is situated at left. That’s currently the location of the Entertainment District’s ever-popular Alice Fazooli’s Italian Grill. Mamma Mia! Where’s poor Alice going to go?


New year, new construction milestones

2011 is getting off to a foggy, soggy start in Toronto (it’s 10 degrees Celsius and pouring rain as I write), but the wet weather won’t put a damper on the frenetic pace of building activity across the downtown area. When construction gets back to full speed next week once the holiday season has wound down, numerous projects will start, approach or reach significant stages of construction. At least five towers will make a major mark on the city skyline soon. In Yorkville, The Four Seasons Private Residences and Museum House on Bloor, both of which already have a substantial streetscape presence, will be pouring their top floors during the winter. Several blocks south, on Bay Street, the Burano condo tower is quickly climbing high, while the Living Shangri-La Torontoand Trump International Toronto hotel/condo skyscrapers are adding excitement to the Financial District skyline. Market Wharf is doing the same for the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. In the next few weeks, streetscapes in several different areas will transform as construction climbs above ground level at 77 Charles Westin Yorkville, The L Tower on Yonge Street, Charlie Condos in the Entertainment District, The Modern at Sherbourne and Richmond, and the Clear Spirit tower in the Distillery District. Not too far behind are Aura at College Park on Yonge Street, Cinema Tower on Adelaide Street West, Three Hundred Front Street West, The Residences of Pier 27 on the waterfront, ICE Condos and Infinity3 Condos in the South Financial District, and Couture Condos on Jarvis Street; foundation work and underground levels are progressing fast at all seven sites. In the area bounded by Bloor, Bay, Wellesley and Jarvis Streets, demolition and excavation work should soon get in full swing for five key developments: U Condos, Five Condos, Nicholas Residences, X2 Condos, and the long-awaited One Bloor tower. Digging will get underway in earnest for the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre at Yonge and Gould Streets, and for the Delta Toronto hotel and Bremner Tower office complex in the South Financial District. Meanwhile, construction should soon conclude at the Sherbourne Common park at the waterfront, as well as for the 18 York office tower and seven major residential structures: the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, Crystal Blu Condos, Uptown Residences, James Cooper Mansion, Lumiere Condos, M5V Condos, and the YWCA Elm Centre. I’ll be taking a closer look at each of the above-mentioned projects — and many more hot construction spots — in the weeks ahead.

77 Charles Street

18 York