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Thanks for the updates MJPhilly. Spire is coming along quite quickly, i'm glad to see this.
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Official from the Globe and Mail: Ritz Carlton is 213 metres tall!!

Trump International Hotel & Tower, Toronto

Tale of the tape 70 storeys, 324.29 metres tall

The gimmick With the addition of the ersatz Chrysler Building spire, Trump's tower will be the "tallest residential building in Canada"--a whole three metres higher than Harry Stinson's proposed Sapphire Tower around the corner (see below)

The bucks The 265 hotel rooms and suites start at $700,000. The 109 apartments range from $1.7 million to $15 million, the latter being the sticker price of a three-level penthouse

The bling In the 18,000-square-foot spa, owners and guests will have tired muscles kneaded back to life; two Mercedes S-Class limos wait on-call. The architectural drawings include no ballrooms: These attract conventioneers, wedding parties and other riff-raff

Sapphire Tower

Tale of the tape 94 storeys, 322 metres tall

The gimmick The tallest residential building in Canada, at least it was until it was Trumped The bucks Of the 1,135 suites, the entry-level is priced between $200,000 and $300,000; mid-levels will go for between $500,000 and $1.5 million; the eight penthouses will sell for $7 million each

The bling Spa, pool and greenhouse; a restaurant overlooking City Hall; high-end convenience market; helicopter pad for quick shuttles to Pearson

The Ritz-Carlton Toronto, The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton

Tale of the tape 53 storeys, 213 metres tall

The gimmick From the 26th floor upward, the south wall slopes forward, giving the building a Leaning-Tower-of-Pisa aesthetic

The bucks While the 267 hotel rooms and suites are not for sale, the 135 apartments are: Prices climb from $700,000 all the way up to $11 million, the latter for the top-floor penthouse

The bling Toronto's first official five-star hotel; the base of the building is home to ballrooms and an expansive 23,000-square-foot spa, all surrounded by glass "to create a sense of interaction between the street and the lobby." Most floors restrict the number of apartments to four
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I am so jealous of the T Dot!!!

All these 200m+ towers poping up one after another is just simply amazing.
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CASA. 45s near on Charles near Yonge.
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Turning into a sea of highrises around there.
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ROM makes room for $3M condos

Plans to demolish planetarium 46-storey project called ROM South

VANESSA LU
CITY HALL BUREAU CHIEF

The Royal Ontario Museum wants to demolish the defunct McLaughlin Planetarium and replace it with a 46-storey tower that will house multi-million-dollar condos.

An employee of Graywood Developments Ltd., which has partnered with the ROM to develop the property, told the Star the tower would have four condominium units per floor, each about 3,000 square feet.

The estimated asking price would be around $3 million, with the penthouse possibly costing as much as $50 million. Forty floors would be condos.

The proposal will likely be opposed by at least two residents' groups, who say it is too big.

But William Thorsell, director and CEO of the ROM, said it means the museum can pay for the next phase of its Renaissance ROM project, in which the museum is being renovated and expanded to give the public access to more of its collections.

"We're getting substantial revenue out of this," he said yesterday.

Earlier yesterday the ROM applied to have the property rezoned to permit the development. The area is now zoned institutional and the ROM has requested it be changed to institutional/residential.

According to the ROM's website, the first five floors of the building would provide offices, storage and a link to the museum's main building.

Located at 90 Queen's Park and called ROM South, the plan also calls for a public plaza and improved subway access on the site that now houses the planetarium, long used as a storage site by the museum. It will include a pedestrian overpass connecting Queen's Park and Philosopher's Walk.

"Hopefully we'll get a yes for this and it will be great," Thorsell said.

But Councillor Olivia Chow, who represents the area, said the tower faces major obstacles.

"It's about the same height as the Toronto-Dominion Centre. It is much higher than anything around it," Chow said yesterday.

Residents who viewed the proposal at a meeting this week "were quite taken aback by the size," said Chow (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina).

Meanwhile, Councillor Kyle Rae, who represents the ward to the east, called the project "an interesting proposition."

"The ROM has shown they're taking leadership on urban design with their new expansion on the north," Rae said. "They've got a site to the south that's a perfect location for a high-end condo very similar to what the Museum of Modern Art has done in New York City, where there's a condo right beside it."

But ratepayers groups aren't so sure.

Sue Dexter of the Harbord Village Residents' Association said there is "a lot of opposition in the community."

"This is selling off assets to afford things we can't afford to do," Dexter said. Instead, the ROM should wait until it has the money, she said.

David Powell, president of the Huron-Sussex Residents' Organization, said it doesn't fit into the neighbourhood.

"It's just over the top, it's too big, it's so tall."

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""It's about the same height as the Toronto-Dominion Centre. It is much higher than anything around it," Chow said yesterday."

Is she on crack or something? How does a 46 storey CONDOMINIUM where 5 stories are office even remotely equal the height of a 223m, 56 storey office tower? Try ~ 60% the height of TD Centre. It can at the most be equivalent to the faux-Mies Ernst & Young Tower.

Someone needs to stick with the social issues and lay off the architecture.
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The tower is a hair under 650 feet and TD is 731 feet. Not that much of an exaggeration at all, particularly given how it will tower in context (60% would around 440 feet).

I like it.
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Another article from the Globe and Mail:

ROM condo would tower over U of T

By JAMES ADAMS

Friday, September 9, 2005 Page A1

The Royal Ontario Museum has applied to the city's planning department for approval to erect a 44-storey, 197-metre-high condominium and office tower on the site of the defunct McLaughlin Planetarium at the museum's southern border.

The skyscraper -- which, if built, will be slightly more than one-third the height of the CN Tower -- is expected to generate considerable discussion and debate between now and its expected completion date in mid-2008. In part, this is because it's to be situated within the footprint of the University of Toronto in an area that so far has been predominantly institutional in nature, rather than residential.

The sheer presence and height of the proposed tower are "substantially in excess of what existing regulations allow," a city planner said yesterday.

"It's a significant application . . . and we will be examining it carefully with respect to existing policies for that district."

The layered-glass tower, a co-development with Toronto-based Graywood Developments Ltd., that will feature 39 floors of condominiums atop a five-storey, 3,150-square-metre podium of facilities for the ROM and other institutions, is expected to cost more than $1,000 a square foot. This in a city where $500 a square foot is considered luxurious.

The entire structure will likely contain no more than 90 units, the smallest being about 1,900 square feet, and the largest approximately 8,000 square feet.

"Certainly, it's going to be one of the most expensive buildings . . . that's ever been seen in Canada," said Brian Brisbin of Toronto's Brisbin Brook Beynon, principal architects for the project.

For William Thorsell, director and CEO of the ROM, the tower is "the last great gift to Toronto from" the $230-million Renaissance ROM project he initiated in 2001, and a "fitting bookend and balance" to the Daniel-Libeskind-designed crystalline structure currently being erected on the ROM's northern perimeter along Bloor Street W.

The metal-and-glass crystal renovation is scheduled to open to the public July 1 next year.

Mr. Thorsell was decidedly bullish yesterday about the prospects for the tower, which the ROM requires for both its administrative functions and the financing of programs and operations in its expanded quarters. With 27,000 square metres of new and renovated exhibition space coming on stream, the museum is hoping to increase its annual average attendance to 1.6 million from the current 900,000.

Besides, Toronto "needs a few expensive buildings," he said. "We've been building at $200 a square foot for years . . . Look at Nathan Phillips Square and vicinity: it's so degraded now you'd think you're in some mid-level Soviet city.''

The overall project, called ROM South, also involves a radically improved, highly accessible museum subway stop for the Toronto Transit Commission as well as landscaping and a reflecting pool along Queen's Park and an east-west extension of the north-south axis of bucolic Philosopher's Walk, to align roughly with Charles Street.

However, despite what Mr. Thorsell called "its obvious excellence" -- Mr. Brisbin likened the ROM tower to the campanile, or bell tower, in Venice's famous Plaza San Marco and Cesar Pelli's well-regarded residential tower on the site of New York's Museum of Modern Art -- it's clear some sort of fight with planners, city councillors, U of T officials or neighbouring residents is expected.

Graywood Developments recently hired Toronto lawyer Stephen Diamond to help shepherd the ROM tower through city hall and the appeals that likely will end up at the Ontario Municipal Board.

But even if it scores approval, will there be any buyers? Brad Martin, a prominent realtor in the Toronto condominium market, has his doubts. Yesterday he agreed the high-end route is the way to go for the McLaughlin site, but with the ROM residences likely to cost $2-million or more, the Graywood-ROM vision is perhaps too high-end and unrealistic in the city's competitive, condo-rich market.
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Planning report for Shangri-la Thnaks to Geekyboy at UT:

Height : 686 ft. 209.1 metres
Floors: 63

http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/legdoc...0919/it038.pdf



So thats the 683 ft. 63 floors Shangri-la & the 646 ft. 46 floor Rom South Tower
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Reduction in height at 590 Jarviss, but breaths new life into the project for now:

Old Height: 462 ft. (141 metres)
New Height 423 ft. (129 metres)

Reduces it by 4 floors from 45 to 41
http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/legdoc...0919/it009.pdf
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The amount of towers going up in Toronto is insaine.
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Yet another Cityplace tower announced (see it at cityplace.ca). "Montage" @ 49s. Sort of a tall mate for Neo, that uses some brick for a change.
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Yeah TO is building like crazy! You'd think they'd let Buffalo have one tower.:hilarious
exactly!

They'd sure have the highrise condo market to themselves in Buffalo! As much as many of the Toronto forumers hate Tridel's architecture, I'd gladly take one of their projects in B-lo!
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are these Trump and Saphire towers going to be considered 'supertalls' because alot of people don't consider FCP as a supertall, and therfore it will be nice to see a couple obvious supertalls in TO (other than CN)
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Yeah TO is building like crazy! You'd think they'd let Buffalo have one tower.:hilarious
exactly!

They'd sure have the highrise condo market to themselves in Buffalo! As much as many of the Toronto forumers hate Tridel's architecture, I'd gladly take one of their projects in B-lo!
Sadly, it seems nothing in B-Lo gets built unless Palindino has anything to do with it. As far as we're concerned, Tridel is most impressive.
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Ritz-Carlton, Cadillac Fairview and Graywood Developments create joint venture for Toronto luxury hotel and condominium

Joint venture a historic first for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

Cadillac Fairview to build 48-storey office tower beside Toronto's first five-star hotel

TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company of Chevy Chase, Md., Graywood Developments Ltd. and The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd., of Toronto, announced today the three companies will jointly own The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences Toronto.

The 53-storey Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences, Toronto will be the first Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences in Canada and the first five-star hotel in Toronto. The $325-million tower will be built on the south side of Wellington Street, between Simcoe and John Streets.

Previously, the development role for Ritz-Carlton was limited to the hotel portion of the combined luxury hotel and condominium building. Under the new ownership structure announced today, Ritz-Carlton becomes a joint-venture partner in the entire building, including the condominium residences.

"This is a first for Ritz-Carlton in the world and is indicative of our
confidence in this project and the strength of this location," said Simon Cooper, chief operating officer and president of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. "The demand for luxury hotels is tremendous right now, and is especially strong in cosmopolitan areas, financial centres and gateway cities like Toronto."

The slim and elegant tower with its striking design - above the 26th floor, the building grows wider as it rises - will have 267 five-star hotel rooms on storeys six to 20. Storeys 22 to 52 will contain 135 luxury condominium residences and a five-storey podium will contain conference and meeting facilities, fine-dining restaurants and a 2,000-square-metre, full-service spa.

Cadillac Fairview president and chief executive officer Peter Sharpe revealed today that the company will develop a 48-storey, Class AAA office tower with 1.2 million sq. ft. of commercial space on land immediately to the east of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences Toronto.

At an estimated construction value of $400 million, the office tower will
complement the existing Simcoe Place at the northwest corner of Simcoe and
Front Streets.
"At Cadillac Fairview, part of our core business is to develop
best-in-class retail, office and mixed-use developments in unique, dynamic
urban centres," said Sharpe. "This site is adjacent to Toronto's financial and
entertainment districts. And, the office tower will stand right beside The
Ritz-Carlton, providing a built-in clientele for the hotel."
The office development will create more than 1,700 construction jobs and
bring approximately 500 full and part-time positions to downtown Toronto.
Cadillac Fairview anticipates the office tower will be ready for occupancy in
summer 2009.
Construction of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences Toronto will create
approximately 1,500 construction jobs and more than 500 permanent, full-time
jobs. Construction will start in 2006 and completion is scheduled in 2009.
Destined to be a Toronto landmark with its striking, modern architecture,
the 700,000 sq. ft. Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences Toronto was jointly
designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Associates Architects and Planners, based
in New York and Toronto-based Page & Steele Architects.
The condominium sales office for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences
Toronto opens on the site in early October. Most suites will range in price
from $1 million to more than $3 million and in size from 2,000 to more than
3,000 sq. ft.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., (USA)
operates 59 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
It is the only service company to have twice earned the Malcolm Baldridge
National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. Since
2001, The Ritz-Carlton has successfully opened 23 hotel and resort properties,
an expansion program driven by the company's philosophy of gradually evolving
to accommodate the changing needs of a clientele seeking more contemporary
design standards and a less formal, more relaxed atmosphere of elegance.

The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. is one of North America's largest
investors, owners and managers of commercial real estate. Cadillac Fairview
focuses on high quality retail centres and office properties in Canada and the
United States and also oversees equity investments in real estate companies
and international investment funds. With a portfolio valued at approximately
$11 billion, Cadillac Fairview and its affiliates own and manage 89
properties, including some of Canada's landmark developments such as the
Toronto-Dominion Centre, the Toronto Eaton Centre, Pacific Centre, Carrefour
Laval, Chinook Centre and Sherway Gardens. Cadillac Fairview is wholly owned
by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

Graywood Developments Ltd. has completed major residential, commercial,
office and hotel projects in both Canada and the United States. In the Greater
Toronto Area, the company's condominium developments include Number One York
Quay, Landmark of Thornhill and 370 King West.



For further information: David Eisenstadt, Rhoda Eisenstadt,
Beth Merrick, The Communications Group Inc., (416) 696-9900,
deisenstadt@tcgpr.com, reisenstadt@tcgpr.com, bmerrick@tcgpr.com;
Vivian Deuschl, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., (703) 941-6225,
vivian.deuschl@ritzcarlton.com; Neil Murphy, Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd.,
(416) 598-8645, neil.murphy@cadillacfairview.com
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