Easton's Group are moving forward with their plans to build a 47-storey condo residence with a 16-storey "garden tower" at the corner of Dundas and Jarvis Streets. The project, Dundas Square Gardens—note: not actually on Dundas Square—will replace the company's hideous Hilton Garden Inn, the demolition of which is sure to cheer the hearts of many. One-bedroom suites at Dundas Square Gardens will start at $199,998, with two-bedrooms from $299,998. The project is scheduled for completion in 2018, and not many details or renderings have been released yet. It looks like one of the biggest selling points will be the garden tower; it'll have five terraces, including one with a pet run and another that's adjacent to a two-storey lounge—perfect for holding your own urban garden party .
This will be the second foray into residential development for Easton's Group, who operate a dozen or so hotels around Ontario and Quebec; their first, King Blue (to be built near the corner of King Street West and Blue Jays Way) is also in preconstruction status. Dundas Square Gardens will sit directly across from Great Gulf's PACE condos, currently under construction on the northwest corner and slated for completion later this year. The Garden District (named after nearby Allan Gardens) is undergoing a slow but steady renewal; it still ranks high for crime reports, but the easy stroll to Yonge Street and the Eaton Centre make the District appealing to developers, and, apparently, local politicians.
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