From the Toronto Public Library Archives
What does the future look like for this historic building?
We have a pretty extensive development plan, we’ve owned the land since 2012, so we’ve actually been working on the redevelopment of this entire site — including the parking lot to the north. We’re under construction right now for our 65-storey building and we’re just about to break ground for our 95-storey building (which is the tallest building in Canada), and then we have a third 80-storey building on the north side.
Where you see the exhibit now will eventually be taken down, along with the podium of the Toronto Star building. Then we’ll start redeveloping new office space, we have about 1.5 million square-feet of office and hotel space slated for where the exhibit lands are located. We’ll keep the main part of the building and then kind of modernize the exterior. It’s a pretty extensive community, in this location, so we’re going to end up with about 2500 residential units, there’s a 50,000 square-feet community centre that we’re building right now with a six-lane pool and a gymnasium as well. We have a hotel in the 95-storey building, and we have a second hotel coming in the office block as well. That’s all in one community.