Toronto’s vibrant Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood is in the midst of a major transformation. New residences are being built alongside new retail spaces, offices and the city’s much-anticipated Eglinton Crosstown LRT. When complete, the $5.3 billion, 19-kilometre rapid transit line will intersect Toronto’s main subway artery, making Yonge and Eglinton one of the most connected and important mobility hubs in the country. It’s no doubt one of the main reasons that homebuyers and developers like Reserve Properties have flocked to the area. The Toronto-based homebuilder and partner Westdale Properties have recently launched Line 5 Condos, located at 117 Broadway Avenue just north of Eglinton Avenue.
“The impact the new LRT will have on Yonge and Eglinton is hard for people to conceptualize,” says Shane Fenton, Chief Operating Officer, Reserve Properties. “It’s not hyperbole to say this is going to drastically change Toronto. With rapid transit in every direction, Yonge and Eglinton will emerge as the new centre of the city. As developers we have an opportunity and a responsibility to contribute to this transformation and help realize its full potential.”
Spanning the north end of the city along Eglinton Avenue, the Crosstown LRT will connect west to east from Jane Street/Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Station, making the daily commute a lot easier for thousands of Torontonians. The new LRT will also provide lasting economic benefits to the city and surrounding neighbourhoods.
“Westdale Properties is a long-time believer in Yonge and Eglinton. We were one of the first to invest in the neighborhood when we began our 88 On Broadway project in 2005,” says Mitchell Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, Westdale Properties. “By partnering with Reserve on Line 5, we’re returning to the community and continuing to push it forward. Communities are defined by the people who inhabit them and Yonge and Eglinton is bursting with energy. We want to harness that energy and generate something truly innovative.”
When designing the building, the developers wanted to respond to the fundamental changes in the way Torontonians live their lives as a result of advances in technologies and modern amenities. From transit and ride sharing apps to the rise of online shopping and food ordering, the way people live in 2018 is much different to how people lived just a few years ago. To address these lifestyle shifts, Line 5 will incorporate features like dedicated rideshare pick up spots to help alleviate the impact on local traffic, oversized parcel storage by the concierge desk and hot and cold storage areas for online food orders.
Designed by IBI Group, Line 5 consists of a 36- and 33-storey towers rising from an eight-storey podium. The development’s sleek and modern architecture is defined by oscillating patterns, layers and textures that contribute to a dynamic and refined exterior profile. The use of high contrast metal, mesh and natural materials further add to the fresh and modern architectural vernacular for the neighborhood.
“Line 5 advances what it truly means to be an urbanist,” says Mansoor Kazerouni, Architect and Global Director Buildings at IBI Group and lead consultant on the Crosstown LRT. “The building plays with the existing streetscape, responding to the pedestrian context in a unique way that builds on local character but adds a new contemporary living structure.”
Renowned interior design firm U31 designed the common areas, including the grand, oversize lobby. There’s also an art room, outdoor theatre, library, game spaces and a state-of-the-art fitness facility with dedicated spaces for interactive training systems like PRAMA and Peloton, personal training, and yoga overlooking an outdoor Zen garden. Wellness spaces clad in calm stone materials include a spa with a steam room, saunas and pool with a nanotech skylight. The upper amenity floor houses a co-working space and a social club with a glass nanawall that opens to a swimming pool.
“Throughout Line 5’s amenities and common areas, we layered a sophisticated and dynamic mix of materials to create eclectic experiences,” says Kelly Cray, Principal at U31. “Line 5’s design is unexpected, with playful architectural undertones that bring an aesthetic that anticipates our future.”
Phase one at Line 5 Condos will feature 450 of 930 units with prices starting in the $300,000s. To learn more about the development be sure to register at line5condos.com.
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