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Old Posted Jan 29, 2007, 3:38 PM
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rumor has it annoucement for the official launch of Shangri-la Toronto is coming soon.

Yeah!!!

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http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/4...assiusayx8.jpg

This project is the least likely of the Toronto Projects to get of the ground in my opinion. Its brought to you by the creator of 1 King West. Harry Stinson

This rendering was prepared by caissius on urbantoronto/ssp.

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Is it true that Sapphire tower's proposed site is currently occupied by a historic building? I hope not. We in TO need to preserve all the old gems we've got left.
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^its a parking lot

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I linked it.
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Toronto needs some towers w/ crowns or different tops, a lot of them are getting the Vancouver syndrome - where the lot of them may be great buildings in their own right, but they start to blend a bit after a while
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goodlookin' ^its a parking lot
oh yeah, i was thinkin of the new proposed site for Richmond adelaide
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Toronto needs some towers w/ crowns or different tops, a lot of them are getting the Vancouver syndrome - where the lot of them may be great buildings in their own right, but they start to blend a bit after a while
Like this? This is the new proposal for The Sapphire (rendering supplied by the brilliant Cassius):

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As a Torontoian, I hate the gimmickery. I like conservative buildings.

This seems to push the limit. So I like it. Not boring, but not dubai crazy either.
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Construction Begins For Festival Centre
2/1/2007 — Festival Centre

Toronto - Construction for TIFFG's Festival Centre begins today, marking the launch of the Group's landmark destination facility dedicated to the moving image. Fencing has now been placed around the perimeter of the King and John Streets' site, with full hoarding to be installed by early March. An official groundbreaking ceremony co-presented by the King and John Festival Corporation is planned for spring to celebrate and acknowledge all those who have participated in the project to-date.

"This truly is a momentous occasion for TIFFG and all our partners involved in this project," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival Group. "We have eagerly awaited this day since launching our campaign in 2003. Seeing all the activity on the site realizes a dream for this organization and Toronto. Once completed, the building will be a state-of-the-art structure filled with filmmakers, cinephiles, children, educators, arts enthusiasts, international tourists, and the best programming in the world."

Designed by world-renowned architectural firm KPMB, Festival Centre is a dynamic, open and inviting facility located on the northwest corner of King and John Streets. The site consists of TIFFG's Festival Centre, a five-storey podium building housing the Group's operations, a gallery, five cinemas, educational suites and a film reference library, and Festival Tower, a 37-story residential condominium. The project is a co-development between TIFFG and the King and John Festival Corporation, comprised of The Daniels Corporation, filmmaker Ivan Reitman and the Reitman Family.

TIFFG thanks its Festival Centre founding sponsor Bell, who through an innovative marketing alliance, will name Festival Centre and retain exclusive telecom sponsorship of the Group. TIFFG also thanks its Federal and Provincial Government partners, who are each contributing $25 million towards the capital costs of Festival Centre.

The Toronto International Film Festival Group is a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world. Its vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.



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Also heard there is a crane up for encore (2nd phase of the Met building)
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whatever happened to Trump going to the city with applications in January?
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^A building permit application could very well have been submitted. Though I'm not holding my breath.
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I haven't heard anything on the building permits front either.
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Looks like the sales office for the Shanghri-la tower is being put together on site.
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Ritz i heard is going fast, they are diging like mad.
Ritz is going up and two more are starting (Four Seasons and the Shangri-La)


65 floors - 214M
wow its a great looking building.
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So it Hast been said....So it Shalt be Done

World-renowned Shangri-La Comes to Downtown Toronto
East Meets West with the Arrival of Living Shangri-La: Five-Star Hotel
and 352 Luxury Residences by Canada's Leading Residential Developer

TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world's
premier creators of ultra-luxurious hotels and resort properties, has selected
the heart of Toronto as the location of its second signature Canadian property
following the phenomenal launch of Living Shangri-La Vancouver.
Living Shangri-La Toronto, a new $430 million tower, will redefine luxury
living downtown, offering a collection of elegant residences atop the
five-star hotel, jointly developed by Westbank and Peterson Group with James
K.M. Cheng Architects (design architect) and Young + Wright Architects
(architect of record).
Slated to open in spring 2011, the 65-storey, 704-foot luxury hotel and
condominium tower on prestigious University Avenue at Adelaide Street boasts a
dynamic central location on the nexus of the Financial and Entertainment
Districts, across from the new Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
The tasteful, five-star Shangri-La Hotel and lobby, with CHI, The Spa at
Shangri-La, includes signature retail, lounge and restaurants and is
distinguished by a glass-flanked podium with 220 spacious guestrooms on levels
1 to 17.
"We are delighted to announce our second project in Canada with Westbank
and Peterson," said Giovanni Angelini, Shangri-La's Chief Executive Officer
and Managing Director. "Our Canadian properties will offer travelers
Shangri-La's renowned Asian-style hospitality complemented by luxurious
guestrooms, fine dining, and state-of-the-art facilities."
Promising a level of architecture and interior design to complement and
exceed Toronto's current downtown real estate developments, Living Shangri-La
Toronto features breathtaking views and an impressive array of world-class
amenities designed to captivate Toronto's skyline and attract discerning
connoisseurs.
Floors 18 - 48 will be home to 279 luxurious one- and two-bedroom
Residences with floors 49 - 65 reserved for the most exclusive 73 Private
Estates, each encompassing penthouse-worthy appointments and soaring city or
harbour views. Visitors and residents alike will enjoy access to Shangri-La's
incomparable 24-hour five-star service and security, exquisite amenities,
exclusive CHI treatments and an ambience of tranquil grandeur.
"It is a privilege to bring this calibre of hotel and residential
offering to any city, but to bring Shangri-La to a city as dynamic and
exciting as Toronto is an honour," says Ian Gillespie, President of Westbank.
"We are confident that the people of Toronto along with international buyers
will embrace this outstanding example of urban architecture and enjoy a
Shangri-La Toronto lifestyle that is second-to-none."
The successful track record of Westbank and Peterson Group with James
K.M. Cheng Architects and Rennie Marketing Systems has already had a
significant positive impact on the luxury real estate market in Vancouver,
B.C. The team is currently constructing a trio of signature projects including
Living Shangri-La Vancouver, the city's tallest tower (with 300 luxury
residences substantially sold out and on schedule for a winter 2008 opening);
The Estates Fairmont Pacific Rim on Coal Harbour's waterfront; and the
acclaimed redevelopment of the historic Woodward's property. Collectively,
these projects represent well over $1 billion in real estate development.
Westbank and Peterson Group have developed or have under development
$5 billion in projects consisting of over 15 million square feet of
residential, retail, mixed-use and office space. Their creative and
architecturally-focused approach to the creation of premier residences has
made them Canada's leading luxury residential developers.
"Here we have crafted the most exciting fusion of retail and urban
amenities, hospitality and residential design for this signature address,"
says Ben Yeung, President, Peterson Group. "We're delighted to contribute to
Toronto's celebrated skyline and cityscape while enhancing the city's global
destination status."
The accomplishments of this team have impressed former Vancouver head
planner, Larry Beasley, often credited with orchestrating the Vancouver model
for urban design, contributing to its most livable city status and impressive
international urban development prowess.
"Westbank, Cheng, Rennie and Peterson simply understand the complex
nuances, commitment and investment behind successful urban real estate design
and development," says Beasley. "They add value to cityscapes and investors,
demonstrated repeatedly by the success of their projects in Vancouver."
Astute urban planning, timeless design and sound business acumen are
behind the acclaim, notes Beasley. By securing key downtown locations,
attracting the highest calibre of consulting partners and crafting an
unbeatable combination of public, private and residential amenities, savvy
developers like Westbank and Peterson, with the guidance of Canada's leading
real estate marketer Rennie Marketing Systems, routinely lead the competition
at every level of development and set the precedent Beasley contends.
As with their previous developments, Living Shangri-La Toronto will
feature sustainable design, integrated landscape architecture and a
significant public art component along with heritage conservation/restoration
of the Bishop's Block property on Simcoe Street, a Toronto landmark since
1829. Teaming up with James K.M. Cheng Architects is the well established
Toronto-based firm, Young + Wright Architects Inc., whose portfolio includes
work on the Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design,
the Rogers Centre and the design of One Bloor Street East.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently manages 50 hotels
under Shangri-La and Traders brands with rooms inventory of over 23,000 in
Australia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, the
Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Thailand, Taiwan and the United
Arab Emirates. The group has over 40 projects under development in Canada,
mainland China, France, India, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines,
Qatar, Seychelles, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the
United States.
Inspired by the legendary land featured in James Hilton's novel Lost
Horizon published in 1933, the name Shangri-La encapsulates the serenity and
service for which Shangri-La is renowned worldwide. Shangri-La's tradition of
service excellence started with the opening of the Shangri-La Hotel,
Singapore, in 1971. The hotel's 15 acres of landscaped gardens, beautifully
appointed guest rooms and gracious Asian style set a new standard for hotel
excellence, which to this day continues to guide the group's design features.
Training is Shangri-La's top priority and significant resources are
allocated annually to ensure employees have the skills and knowledge to be the
best in their fields. This has earned the group international awards and
recognition from guests, prestigious magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler, as
well as industry partners and made Shangri-La one of the preferred hotel
employers.
For more information on Living Shangri-La Toronto, please visit
www.livingshangri-latoronto.com.



For further information: or digital images of Living Shangri-La Toronto,
please contact: Charlie Robson, Adriane David, NATIONAL Public Relations,
(416) 586-0180, crobson@national.ca, adavid@national.ca
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heard there is a lot of digging equipment at the festival tower site...
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Shangri-la and Trump both had press releases today. - I will post later.

Looks like a slight concern over the amount of 5 star space coming online in Toronto over the next few years.
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FF seasons and ritz are guranteed.

Shangri-la could get into trouble while trump is no to bad because they are in the late stages of sales.

It appears trump has gotten a development team...
Lewis Builds joins Trump Toronto Development Team
TORONTO, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Talon International Development Inc. today
announced that renowned construction management firm Lewis Builds has joined
the Trump International Hotel & Tower, Toronto development team. Lewis Builds
will provide pre-construction management services for the historic Trump Tower
slated to begin construction in mid-2007.
"We are thrilled to add the expertise of Lewis Builds to our development
team," said Mr. Val Levitan, President and CEO of Talon International
Development Inc. "Their depth of technical leadership in high-rise
residential, commercial, and custom design home-building is a perfect fit for
the unique design and construction challenges our building presents."
"The greatest challenge to constructing Trump Toronto will be the
extremely tight site logistics in the densely populated Bay-Adelaide area,"
says Lewis Builds' Project Director, Mr. Mark Garland, a well known
international master of construction who has overseen construction for
projects totaling tens of millions of square feet in Canada, the United States
and New Zealand. "We feel uniquely qualified to meet such a challenge -
perhaps better than anyone in the city." Mr. Garland is also a member of the
prestigious Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Mr. Garland believes Lewis Builds' full-service collaborative approach
will greatly benefit the project, "our international background in
pre-construction and hi-rise construction management, attention to the finest
detail, and our ability to anticipate and avoid problems will help to keep
this amazing building on-budget and delivered on-time in 2010."
Lewis Builds Corporation is an independently owned Canadian full-service
construction company serving the Greater Toronto Area and Canada. Managed
locally by Mr. Albert Chow, Lewis Builds is affiliated with the firm Lease
Crutcher Lewis, a 120 year old general contractor operating in the United
States. Lewis Builds offices are located in Toronto, Seattle, Tacoma and
Portland. Recent projects include: Pacific Place, Washington Mutual Tower,
Seaboard Building and the Four Seasons Hotel & Residences in Seattle; Avalon
Hotel, Spa & Condominiums in Portland; and Pure Spirit Condominiums and Yee
Hong Garden Terrace in Toronto.
Located in the heart of Toronto's financial and entertainment districts,
the $500-million Trump International Hotel & Tower, Toronto will be the
tallest residential building in the city when completed.
Remaining hotel condominium suites are currently priced from CAD $800,000
and residential suites start at CAD $1.5 million.

About the Development
Trump International Hotel & Tower, Toronto, is a joint venture between
Donald J. Trump and Talon International Development Inc. Located at the corner
of Bay and Adelaide in the heart of Toronto's financial district, the Tower
will be the tallest and most luxurious residential building in Canada.
Construction is expected to begin mid-2007. The building was designed by the
Toronto-based firm Zeidler Partnership Architects.
The Trump Organization specializes in five-star real estate development
and will operate and manage the hotel. The project will be the Trump
Organization's fourth Trump International Hotel & Tower and the first outside
the United States. Talon is a Canadian-based investment company whose
shareholders have holdings in a variety of industries ranging from natural
resources to high technology to real estate development throughout Canada, the
United States and the United Kingdom.
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