In the words of Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, it’s one thing to discuss building something and another to actually follow through with it. He directed this phrase at the Cortel Group on Friday, June 4th as the team celebrated the topping off of EXPO City’s first tower.
The 37-storey residential building is part of the developer’s five-tower condo community that will be set in the heart of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, also known as the city’s future downtown. Once complete, EXPO City will accommodate almost 4,000 residents.
“Being awarded the tallest building in Vaughan is an award that we accept humbly,” said Peter Cortellucci, Vice President of the Cortel Group. “We really hope that it’s an award that’s given many times over in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.”
Top: Peter Cortellucci, Vice President of the Cortel Group, addresses the crowd at the event. Below, left to right: Mario Cortellucci, President of the Cortel Group; Peter Cortellucci, Vice President of the Cortel Group; David Braley, owner of the B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts; Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and architect Alan Tregebov.
Located where Highway 7 meets Highway 400, EXPO-1 is positioned on an 18 degree angle to provide each of the 337 units with maximum sun exposure. It also features six luxury penthouse suites, each one boasting a unique design. In addition, the tower will connect to an urban square and retail galleria, and will neighbour a number of restaurants, multi-use office towers, green spaces and cycling paths.
“As you see this building rise, you can also say that the city is rising,” Bevilacqua said. “The city is coming of age, and there’s a greater confidence because we have people who are leaders and are willing to make things happen.”
EXPO-2, the development’s second tower, will also rise 37 storeys and is currently under construction. Once complete, the community will feature a 20,000 square foot amenity space that includes a yoga studio, theatre room, indoor pool, fitness centre and rooftop garden.
Residents will also be steps from the new Vaughan subway stop on the Toronto-to-York Spadina extension that’s to be completed next year.
“A hundred years from now when people write about how this city became the great city that I know it will become, they’ll say that the seed was planted here,” Bevilacqua said. “That this is the building that started it all.”
Prices for available units start from the mid $300,000s and suites range in size from 676 to 2,191 square feet.
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