GTA Construction Report Staff writer
Bloggers and forum posters discovered renderings this summer for a major office tower project near Toronto’s Union Station on Hines Interests Limited Partnership’s website. Then the images showing the massive development were quickly removed, but only after they were out of the box.
The rendering show at least one 48-story office tower at 45 Bay St. and the block to the north across from Union Station, with two others, across from the Air Canada Centre, where there is now a parking lot.
“The tallest tower, which appears to be higher than the TD Canada Trust Tower, soars up from the current GO bus terminal and is linked to a 48-storey tower at the Bay Street lot by a “retail podium” above the Union Station train tracks,” Torstar.com and other published reports say. “A third smaller tower is built up from the roof of the Dominion Public Building at Yonge St.,”
Hines spokesperson Allison Kimmell would not elaborate on the plans when contacted by Torstar News Service. “We haven’t made a public announcement about this yet, so at this time we’re not commenting on it,” she was quoted as saying, declining to explain why the project was removed from the project’s website.
Forum users at Urbantoronto.ca discovered the images, and reposted them there. Published reports say “it is not clear whether Hines is the only development manager involved in the proposed project.
The lot’s owners Ivanhoe Cambridge, had confirmed in earlier published reports of plans for a 50-storey office tower on the pace. Spokesperson Michelle Meier confirmed that “Metrolinx and Ivanhoe Cambridge are working together for a new development of mixed-use office space that integrates transportation and a bus terminal,” the Toronto Star reported.
Anne Marie Aikins with Metrolinx also confirmed this, but noted retail is not part of 45 Bay. She did not say whether that means retail is not a part of the adjacent developments, which the plans reviewed by Torstar suggest. Torstar reported that Aikins couldn’t say when the project will begin construction as it is still in the very early stages, but assures that it won’t start while Union Station is in its current chaotic state.
“We would certainly assure that this would be as painless as possible. Before our shovels even run in the ground, Union Station will be finished,” she said. “Things are moving. I know right now it looks like mayhem.”