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Oxford Properties, the Toronto based Real Estate Developer and one of the largest in the world, has released plans for it's redevelopment of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre which includes plans for two new supertall towers, which will be over 1000 feet, in addition there will also be two hotel towers, and a casino. Too much to note in a single post, but the biggest news is probably the rebuilding of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre itself.
Key points on the Oxford Redevelopment include:
A decking over of the railway tracks, that have long been seen as a barrier to the connection of downtown Toronto (the core) to the lake and the waterfront. This decking over, will include a topside public park, and could possibly be Oxfords public constribution to the city in exchange for building the mammoth proposal.
The twin towers, which will rise 326 meters or 1070 feet, will be designed by Norman Foster, famous in Canada for his most recent work, "The Bow" Tower in Calgary. That tower was designed for Encana, a resourced based company in Alberta. These towers, take "the Bow" Concept and raise it to another level, if we get this there will be no envious eyes ever turned towards Calgary for whatever reason, we'll have them cleanly beat here as well.
The hotel towers seem to follow a circular design, and appear far more intricate than the original placeholder designs we saw on the initial release of the project. All the towers here are going to be over 200 meters, and the hotel space will likely be required regardless of whether City Hall approves the casino or not. Toronto is a bustling town, and additional hotel space is always welcome. Now more than ever Toronto is becoming a top teir global city. This ground breaking design is proof of that.