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New neighbours, new life for heart of Yonge St

VIA TORONTO STAR BY VICKY SANDERSON Street Numbers - Ward 28, home to Hudson’s Bay, Massey Hall and the upcoming Massey Tower, counts nearly 90 per cent of its population as apartment/condo dwellers. - Number of years the historically designated site of nearby Massey Tower condo sat vacant: 27 - Number of square feet MOD Developments is donating to Massey Hall: 4,804 - Three words Noorez Lalani, president of MOD Developments. uses to describe his corner of town: iconic, revitalized, inspiring. A collection of funky sneakers is the style statement of Arren Williams, perennial hipster and former design writer and stylist. On a more practical note, they also keep him fleet of foot. And that’s vital for Williams these days. As creative director of home for Hudson’s Bay Company, he has to stay a few steps ahead of décor and design trends as well as the many changes transforming Canada’s grand old retailer. Not to mention the evolution of historic Yonge St. The retail transformation has never been more evident than in the revamped seventh floor in the flagship Hudson’s Bay store at Queen and Yonge Sts. Graced with original windows that welcome natural light, the 28,500-square-foot space is a [...]

Massey Tower rises from quirky footprint on Yonge Street

VIA GLOBE & MAIL BY PAUL ATTFIELD Given Toronto’s rapidly changing skyline, just finding a plot of land to build on downtown is becoming a challenge in and of itself. Gary Switzer, CEO of Toronto’s MOD Developments Inc., saw this first-hand two years ago when he bought the vacant Queen-Yonge branch of the Canadian Bank of Commerce at 197 Yonge St. “I think there were a lot easier sites available, just empty parking lots surrounded by streets, but those sites are all gone, so now we’re more in a New York-style situation, where you have to make the sites,” he says. “This one, people would have walked away from in the old days.” Squeezed in between its sister building to the north – a former Bank of Toronto branch – and the Heintzman Building to the south, and with the rear portions of and vital access routes to heritage performance spaces Massey Hall, the Elgin Theatre and Winter Gardens to the east, there wasn’t much of a footprint to work with when he envisioned the Massey Tower project. The 60-storey mixed-use development will front onto Yonge, with the four-storey Beaux-Arts-style Bank of Commerce building acting as the lobby for the [...]