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sparky212 Apr 12, 2009 11:28 PM

The Renaissance (Phase 1 28s. Completed)(Phase 2 28s. U/C)
The Renaissance Phase one 28 stories 93.5m T/O
Phase 2 28 stories 93.5m proposed

ldoto Apr 13, 2009 2:31 AM

Here's the last pic I have from the Renaissance!!!!!!:cool:

MolsonExport Apr 13, 2009 5:16 PM

I don't see part II becoming a reality for at least 4 years given current economic climate.

sparky212 Apr 13, 2009 9:55 PM

u never know. u know the old saying if they build it they will come

GreatTallNorth2 Apr 14, 2009 12:11 AM

I pray that they change something about the second tower and not make it an identical twin of the first. Sure, it's not as bad as CityPlace, but 28 stories of concrete ain't that pretty.

sparky212 Apr 14, 2009 12:53 AM

maybe something like panorama in T.O

koops65 Apr 14, 2009 6:23 PM

I've submitted my drawings of the buildings to the Diagram section. Let me know what you think, if they need to be modified in any way.

QuantumLeap Apr 15, 2009 6:32 PM

Tricar has changed the Renaissance website so its easier to look at floorplans etc, and are advertising open houses. I guess they are hoping to start renting soon!

QuantumLeap Apr 15, 2009 6:41 PM


Originally Posted by GreatTallNorth2 (Post 4193706)
I pray that they change something about the second tower and not make it an identical twin of the first. Sure, it's not as bad as CityPlace, but 28 stories of concrete ain't that pretty.

It would be real nice if they set back the tower on York Street after the 5th floor. They motioned at this on the King Tower, but didn't actually really do it. A setback of 15 ft or so is really all that is needed.

ldoto Apr 22, 2009 3:11 AM

:previous: Here's some new pics from the top of the renaissance from the Tricar Group web site enjoy!!!!

ssiguy May 4, 2009 3:56 AM

I don't understand the London housing market, I really don't.
What is it with London building all these new massive rental buildings? In a city as cheap as London who would rent an expensive apt when they could buy a condo for less money?

MolsonExport May 4, 2009 1:14 PM

For one thing, strata fees aren't exactly cheap.

Blitz May 7, 2009 1:21 AM


What is it with London building all these new massive rental buildings? In a city as cheap as London who would rent an expensive apt when they could buy a condo for less money?
I did because I'm only temporarily employed in London but still wanted a decent place to live that was close to everything.

The thinking is that these buildings are starting off as rentals until they fill up and then will be changing over to condos.

JrUrbanDesigner May 9, 2009 8:36 PM


Originally Posted by ssiguy (Post 4230660)
I don't understand the London housing market, I really don't.
What is it with London building all these new massive rental buildings? In a city as cheap as London who would rent an expensive apt when they could buy a condo for less money?

For this particular instance, in the downtown, developpers have been given incentives such as exemptions from development charges and a portion of the property taxes are forgiven for (I believe) 10 years - the way this works is that only the owner of the property can receive these incentives, if they were condos tricar wouldnt be able to benefit as they would no longer be the owners.

So like the previous post said they could flip them to become condos when they no longer receive incentives from the city. I think its a pretty good deal if someone has the money to build a tower.

ssiguy May 12, 2009 5:39 AM

Thanks for info, it makes a bit more sense now.
I guess transferring some of the rentals to condos may be in the future for these buildings. Years ago I use to live on a highrise [can't remember the name} but it was about 12 stories between Ridout & Wellington and Commissioners and Southdale. Does Sandringham ring a bell? I'm not sure. Anyway I was very surprised to see it had gone condo.

BTW.......according Stats Can the new EI report states that CMA London 4,500 in the last year and thats just for people over 15 years old. That's pretty damn good!

ckkelley May 19, 2009 3:32 AM


Originally Posted by MolsonExport (Post 4230961)
For one thing, strata fees aren't exactly cheap.

I've noticed that strata fees back east are much more than in BC.

Any idea why that is?

sparky212 Jun 4, 2009 7:25 PM

Big news the crane went down today on the Reniassance:cheers:

sparky212 Jun 5, 2009 12:12 AM

Hey can one of the mods. change the title to phase one interior plz

Whisper09 Jun 7, 2009 9:15 PM

Here's a picture update (aerial view)

I have a question, is it just me, or do they fill these "squares" with concrete, then cut them out and put in windows (along bottom floors)

sparky212 Jun 8, 2009 12:13 AM

no they're cast with windows

Whisper09 Jun 8, 2009 12:24 AM

^ what do you mean?

sparky212 Jun 9, 2009 7:54 PM

when they pour a wall for the podium they make half the windows shape out of a wood moulds and when thats solidifies they flip the mould and finnish the window

Whisper09 Jul 8, 2009 9:31 AM

As I was taking pictures of the London Art Museum, it got me to wonder, "Where the heck is The Renaissance?!" As I kept on looking, right out of the corner of my eye, I notice this white object, and then it got me thinking "OH **** THERE IT IS!" Let me tell you, it pretty fun flying over The Renaissance, with only about 50-100 feet to spare. The first picture, I could not get the whole top because we were hauling about 25 mph, and it was a last second take, as it surprised me!


sparky212 Jul 8, 2009 1:49 PM

WOW the Reniassance looks AMAZING interesting angle looking down on it. The people that own those penthouses are so luckey
Great pics as always whisper:tup:

ldoto Jul 10, 2009 1:37 AM

cool pics!!!!!:cool:

sparky212 Jul 13, 2009 2:03 PM

I was looking at the show rooms the other day I forgot my camera but they are on the 7th floor and I was impressed The sales lady said that they are 50 or 80 percent sold i can't remember and they have sold 18 out of the 20 penthouses with the cheepest at 1,800 a month

sparky212 Oct 5, 2009 12:10 AM

The Reniassance now 70%sold:banana:

ldoto Oct 5, 2009 1:08 AM

I wonder when they will start the next one!!!!!:shrug:

sparky212 Oct 5, 2009 3:19 AM

matbe sooner than later. It might be built to help with the unemployment level. Cause thats 3 years of work right there. But who knows with our city:rolleyes:

LondnPlanr Oct 10, 2009 6:05 PM

I will check again today, but I drove up Ridout the other night, and the parking lot behind the Renaissance Phase 1 has been fenced off. Is this the beginning of construction for the second tower? I think so...

sparky212 Oct 11, 2009 1:23 AM

optemists kick ass. It's gotta be the start of the second tower:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

sparky212 Oct 14, 2009 2:06 AM

escavator on north east side of parking lot with a patch of asfult ripped up already:banana:

ldoto Oct 14, 2009 4:31 AM

:previous: sounds like good news!!!!:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

MolsonExport Oct 14, 2009 4:59 PM

Indeed. worthy of several dancing bananas!


Originally Posted by Snark


sparky212 Oct 14, 2009 11:31 PM

all parking equitment has been removed.:cheers:

SlickFranky Oct 15, 2009 10:29 PM

Hot damn that's a lot of bananas

good to hear tower 2 is starting up so quickly though
trying to beat some of the other DT towers maybe?

sparky212 Oct 16, 2009 3:17 AM

Haven't heard of any new towers for DT. lately. Anyways ya it did start up quickly didn't it. Tower 1 isn't even finnished the PH floors. Went by today, they had half the lot dug up and dump trucks running in and out all day. Also it looked like there was some shoring equiptment on site.:cheers:

sparky212 Oct 17, 2009 2:15 PM

soon we'll have to get a mod to change the title to u/c

partiall Oct 20, 2009 11:26 AM

Sorry to put a damper on things, but it's likely just the multi-level garage in between the towers that is being constructed.
Didn't the crane get moved to the Hyde Park site anyways?

MolsonExport Oct 20, 2009 2:21 PM

^hyde park crane has been up for more than one month. foundations are in place, along with underground parking...the structure is currently 'at grade'. Soon, it will loom over my neighborhood.

sparky212 Oct 25, 2009 4:04 AM

New art
Unique blue heron to grace new highrise
Tricar Group wanted something 'special' for its downtown London building at King and Ridout sts.


The half-tonne blue heron sculpture that will adorn Renaissance tower downtown is a link to the nearby Thames River, helping connect the building to the city's natural geography and its traditions and history, says its creator, London artist Ted Goodden.

A blue heron will soon alight on a downtown highrise apartment building -- and the core's landscape may never be the same.

Joe Carapella, owner of Tricar Group and builder of Renaissance tower apartments, unveiled plans yesterday for a $100,000, half-tonne sculpture of a giant blue heron by London artist Ted Goodden, which will be attached to his building.

"When we first envisioned this project we wanted something special," Carapella said at the unveiling of a model of the sculpture. "This site warranted it and I think we have accomplished that."

Called The Great Blue Heron, it will soar at King and Ridout sts., with its head facing northeast, toward King St., attached to the building's side four metres above the sidewalk, "so no one can hang off it," Goodden said.

The five-metre-by-three-metre bird will be made of tubular steel. A circle of stained glass will adorn one wing, patterning the sidewalk beneath it with coloured light on sunny days. The coloured pattern will move as the sun changes direction in the sky. During the summer solstice it will illuminate the sidewalk below, while at winter's peak it will colour Ridout St., Goodden said.

He says the bird is a direct link to the nearby Thames River, helping connect the building to the city's natural geography -- as well as its tradition and history -- he said.

"It is about getting back to when the First Nations people were here, getting back to the things that were here for a long time. The blue heron is a symbol of that and they are still along the river.

"Just imagine it flying from the river and passing through the city and connecting to something enduring, wild and real."

Goodden recalled a blue heron was a "constant companion" when he took a canoe down the Thames River two years ago.

Andrea Halwa, director of the London Arts Council, applauded the sculpture and said she hopes it stirs a debate and discussion on public art.

"People assume public art has to be sculptural. We really welcome this change," she said of how the heron will be suspended above the ground.

The council called for proposals for a work of public art and received 14 submissions from across Canada. Goodden's proposal won over the jury.

Janette MacDonald, manager of MainStreet London, said the sculpture is the kind of attraction the downtown should embrace.

"It adds to the uniqueness of downtown. You see that and you know where you are. You cannot buy that kind of promotion for downtown," she said.

The big bird may be the first of many such works. The city has budgeted $160,000 a year to buy and install public art.

The Creative Cities committee will meet next month and public art will be on the agenda.

"It has been a long time since London has had public art," said Controller Gord Hume, chairperson of the committee.

"It is an expression of a city's heart and soul. It makes a statement as to what kind of a city we want. It is a statement as to what kind of community we are."

The city wants to work with developers, offering them incentives -- such as allowing higher density in a building -- if they offer to add art to their developments, Hume said.

As for Renaissance tower, in only five months Carapella has leased about 200 units. It's 75% full.

"It is the fastest lease I have ever had," Carapella said.

Norman De Bono is a Free Press business reporter.

This is gonna look sweet, and it 75% sold:banana: :banana:

ldoto Oct 26, 2009 1:22 AM

this will be good for the downtown!!!!:cheers: :cheers:

MolsonExport Oct 26, 2009 3:47 PM

I was pining for some mention of the proposed second tower of the complex.

sparky212 Oct 30, 2009 2:16 AM

went by about twenty minuts ago the pit is about 3 floors down now and covers about where the garage will go.

sparky212 Nov 15, 2009 6:28 AM

Walked by Wed. they were putting up the rettaining walls on the parking lot sides

sparky212 Dec 8, 2009 9:13 PM

75% sold now and they have a new picture for the add in rental news it looks pretty good.

MolsonExport Jan 21, 2010 5:34 PM

Soaring project goes down under
from the London Free Press:


The great Blue Heron has taken flight, and now work on the Renaissance Towers has been grounded -- below ground, in fact.

Construction has begun on the parking garage structure that will sit between the downtown apartment's two towers -- although Tricar, the apartment's builder, is now considering making the centre block commercial or office space, said Adam Carapella, vice-president of Tricar.

"Right now we are working on the underground levels. It could be parking or it could be a retail or office space, we are getting a lot of inquiries for that," he said.

When first designed, the centre building was proposed as a parking garage, but there may be enough undergound parking -- each tower will have about six levels of parking -- that a commercial space remains an option, he added.

Work on the second tower will likely begin in about two years, as Tricar has been overwhelmed with demand, as 230 of the 277 units have been rented. :tup: :tup:

"It is unbelievable and we have only been renting since April -- it has not even been a year," said Carapella. "We have a lot of different demographics, empty nesters and young professionals, a real mix."

The tower rents one bedroom apartments for $950, and $1,600 for a two bedroom, 1,200-square-foot unit. The penthouse apartments cost $3,000 a month -- but they are rented.

"They were some of the first to go," said Carapella.

Recently, an outdoor sculpture, the Blue Heron, was installed on the side of the one tower at Ridout and King streets.

"We think it complements the building perfectly. It is really a point of conversation downtown," he said.

Norman De Bono is a Free Press reporter.

sparky212 Jan 21, 2010 9:03 PM

I like the Idea f a office structure there but parking would be better

MolsonExport Jan 21, 2010 9:19 PM

I think that perhaps commercial and offices would work best. That area is the hottest part of downtown. King street West has improved markedly over my five years in London.

sparky212 Jan 23, 2010 2:47 AM

ya I agree. BIG NEWS crane on site right now in peices on the ground and it is big looks like the one they used on the tower:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

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