6 Exciting Construction Projects Happening in Toronto

Function, culture and economic improvement coming to the City of Toronto

Toronto is changing, and change is good. Each year we become more and more of a world class city, claiming our rank on numerous global lists of livability. While these enormous billion dollar construction projects may throw a wrench in our daily lives year after year, they are inevitably for the better. Here are 5 projects promising to maker Toronto even greater that we’re looking forward to.


Massey Hall Revitalization


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A seven year revitalization project for Massey Hall promises to bring the venue alive in exciting new ways. An update for the historic Toronto music venue has been in the works for several years now, but construction is about to get underway. The project will completed in two phases over the course of seven years. The first phase is estimated at $32M and will unfold over the next three years. It began with the demolition of the Albert Building (adjacent to the venue) to make room for a new two-story basement that will provide the foundation to the addition to the hall. This will include a modernized back of house with Massey’s first ever loading dock, among other admin and artist spaces. Phase 2 will begin in 2019 and is estimated to cost $100M. This will include the restoration of the interior and exterior of the historic building, enhanced amenities, and spaces dedicated to education, performance, and artist development. During this phase, Massey Hall will have to go dark for 18-24 months, but we can’t wait to see the new and improved venue!


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Cyclists on Bloor Street will be a little bit safer this summer, with the installation of continuous curbside lanes separated from car traffic in both directions by temporary separation elements scheduled as part of a pilot project for late summer. Citing the street’s relatively flat topography, its lack of street car tracks, and an abundance of retail and commercial establishments that could benefit from greater cyclist accessibility, the City’s proposal comes as a result of multiple cycling studies dating back to 1992.


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Renovations at BMO Field are almost complete. Back in February, cranes lifted a 115-metre-long canopy above the stadium, beginning the final major component of its second phase of renovations. It’s a major upgrade for the stadium, and on those rainier game days it’ll help fill the 8,000 seats added in a first phase of renovations. The MLSE says it’ll all be ready in time for its first Toronto game in May, and a month later it’ll become a new home to the Argos, too.

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The fate of the East Gardiner Expressway has been up in the air for some time, but this month Toronto’s public works committee recommended council approve a new plan that involves pushing the section of the expressway farther north. Ringing in at $1.052-billion (double the tear-down option council rejected), it’s not cheap, but the committee argues the design benefits transportation while also serving to revitalize the waterfront and opening up space for further real estate development, creating a long-term revenue stream of money that could include road toll revenue. Construction time is estimated at five years, and work is expected to start in 2019.





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Adding to an impressive list of projects slated to improve pedestrians and cyclists’ lives in the near future, a new, two-part pedestrian and cycle bridge (read: the first stainless steel bridge to be built in North America) is in the works to connect Trinity Bellwoods to the waterfront. In partnership with Build Toronto and the City, Dufferin Construction will design and build the north-south structure to bridge over the two railway corridors North of Fort York, improving linkages between area communities and green spaces, and transforming how we move around downtown. Construction commences this spring, and it’s scheduled for completion in spring 2017.

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Back in January the Toronto Star reported plans were underway to transform King Street into a transit and pedestrian corridor spanning from Liberty Village to the Distillery District. If all goes according to plans, what’s currently the busiest surface route in the city (60,000 riders on an average weekday) could have dedicated streetcar lanes, separate bike lanes, and wider sidewalks by next year. The “King Street Visioning Study” aims to improve the movement function and public realm design for the street, prioritizing public transit, cyclists, and walkability over the car culture currently dominating King. Public Work is leading the project, partnering with Gehl Architects, Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants and Swerhun, and Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmat tells the Star it’s “reasonable” to expect pilot projects as early as 2017.


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