Have you noticed that Bay and Yonge Streets have really started to dominate with tall buildings, both current, under construction, and proposed? How about the entire downtown core? Well, your assumptions are correct because Toronto was recently found to be home to the greatest number of tall buildings in the Western hemisphere by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
There are 15 skyscrapers in Toronto right now, but that number is poised to exponentially grow in just a few years. Some of the current buildings in the skyscraper category include First Canadian Place, which is the tallest in the city at 298 metres, and the Trump Tower at 277 metres.
Much of the work towards expanding the height of the city comes from the City of Toronto’s desire to create a world-class city – and a lot of it has to do with height. In order to gain respect from the international community, Toronto has been working hard to take the number of skyscrapers from 15 to 44 by 2015. All of these towers will be at least 150 metres tall.
Due to the attention Toronto has been receiving for all of its construction, it in fact prompted Canderel Stoneridge to proceed with the Aura Condos project at Yonge and Gerrard. When complete in 2014, it will the tallest residential condominiums in Canada. Executive Director Anthony Wood of Canderel Stoneridge remarked, “When Canada wins the best tall building in the Americas twice in four years, you kind of think to yourself, there’s something good going on up there. And we’d heard of all this activity coming out of Toronto. That’s what piqued our interest,”
It seems fitting that a city that built the CN Tower would be interested in creating more new skyscrapers. And that is fine with me, so long as the CN Tower never gets overtaken in size!