In case you thought there hadn't been enough construction hell around Union Station over the last three years, now comes word there are some really big plans brewing for the area. A proposal has been submitted to the City of Toronto for an enormous new development whose eight-acre site would range from the Gardiner Expressway to the south, Front Street to the north, Yonge Street to the east and Bay Street to the west. The project is to be a collaboration between the current owners of the site's existing buildings and lots, and will comprise three towers at heights ranging up to 50 storeys, with approximately 1,300,000 sq. ft. of office space. There's also some talk the development will house a new coach terminal, replacing the Bay/Dundas terminal and giving buses easy access from the Gardiner and allowing passengers to connect quickly to Union Station and the GO bus depot. The project will be managed by Hines, aTexas-based developer who already have connections to Toronto (they're the developers behind Bayside). UrbanToronto put all the various pieces of the story together; you can read their detailed outline of the plan here.
· Union Station archives [Curbed Toronto]
· Connecting the dots on a major new Toronto development [UrbanToronto]