Photos: James Bombales
Bisha Hotel and Residences by Lifetime Developments and INK Entertainment is quickly rising near the corner of King Street West and Blue Jays Way in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. BuzzBuzzHome News recently dropped by the busy site to check in on the latest construction progress.
After hitting grade earlier this year, construction at the Wallman Architects-designed tower has reached the 10th floor where crews are pouring walls and columns in preparation for the 11th floor slabs. The hotel portion of the tower is complete and work will now transition over to the residential floors. The developers have also added three additional floors for a total of 44 storeys and 355 suites.
Another major milestone is the installation of the heritage facade which has been moved to its final resting place within the development from its temporary placement on Blue Jays Way.
Built in the 1800s, the brick facade was once part of a private residence before it was converted into a school in 1878. Through the decades, the building was used for a range of purposes including warehouse space, an agency for child migrants, and more recently, the home of the Second City Toronto comedy club and The Diesel Playhouse. When the project is completed in 2016, the heritage structure will form the grand entrance to the hotel and condo.
Behind the facade will be a chic and sophisticated lobby designed by internationally-renowned Munge Leung featuring plenty of seating, and a 24-hour concierge. Other amenities include unique in-house entertainment, pet walking/feeding services, cleaning/housekeeping, fitness centre, business centre and an impressive rooftop infinity pool.
The development will also have several food and beverage services including a second floor restaurant with its own separate entrance through an elevator lobby off of Blue Jays Way. A tenant hasn’t been announced yet, but judging from the size of the space, it should be quite a large establishment.
We also toured the third floor which will be split between hotel suites and the fully-equipped fitness centre. Our last stop was on the seventh floor to check out one of the terraces overlooking the city and to take in the excellent views.
Suites at Bisha start from the $300,000s and are well appointed with nine foot ceilings, pre-finished engineered floors in main living areas, and floor to ceiling windows. The Munge Leung-designed kitchens feature contemporary kitchen cabinets, natural stone countertops and backsplashes and stainless steel and integrated appliances.
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