The Waterworks is a mixed-use project starting construction this summer in downtown Toronto. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, it restores and repurposes an Art Deco heritage building to become a vibrant mixed-use community hub for a rapidly growing residential population.
The Globe and Mail profiles the project and the unprecedented level of cooperation by the key players to arrive at a scheme that works on many levels and addresses specific community needs. The article states: “The building will make room to preserve an existing courtyard. Heritage retention, affordable housing, community facilities, an attractive commercial use. It’s all here.”
Named for the the former public works building’s role as a water treatment facility, Waterworks transforms a 28,500 sq ft industrial garage to house a Food Hall that will open onto St. Andrew’s Playground. A YMCA, a pedestrian mews with retail amenities, new public routes through a previously impenetrable block, and a 13-storey mid-rise tower with residences that include affordable housing, and a transitional-housing agency for youth, are all part of the program.
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