Working Group Meetings With Community Stakeholders
It starts with listening. Mizrahi Developments is committed to building in communities where input from residents and business owners as well as municipal leaders is actively sought and respected. The transformation of certain parts of the city is a happy, celebrated occurrence when the people who will be affected by the development are allowed to discuss its impact on their neighbourhood. Everyone wants a vibrant, convivial enclave in which to walk, engage with others and participate in the enjoyment of a great city. We don’t just think carefully about what the people who will live in The One might want. We are also concerned with what the people walking by The One might want. The quality of life at the street level is critical.
In developing and fine-tuning the design of The One, Mizrahi Developments held several public forums, inviting residents and businesses in the area to engage in dialogue about the plans for the site. Architects from Foster + Partners came to Toronto several times for meeting to discuss the finer aspects of the proposed building. Wind studies were discussed. Shadow studies for the building were presented. Walking through the site to talk to locals and understand the specific culture and sense of place at Yonge and Bloor were important stages in the development of the project.
As cities transform, entering the 21st century with a bold vision that telegraphs a confident presence on the world stage, nostalgia for the way things were is unavoidable. Mizrahi Developments works closely with all stakeholders to ensure that the evolution of the neighbourhood takes its cues from what already exists.
Yonge and Bloor is the nexus of retail, cultural and residential life in Toronto. Bloor Street West is one of the most celebrated shopping avenues in the world. Yonge Street is the longest street in the world. The intersection of the two is an event that deserves an appropriate celebration. It is also a place to make a statement about the identity of the city.
The design challenge was complex: to create an iconic tower that welcomed the future but also worked in the surrounding environment, invigorating the pedestrian and retain experience, in addition to meeting all the logistical needs. Mizrahi Developments spent over three years in discussions with municipal leaders, including 13 group meetings in consultation with Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam; several with Major John Tory and Deputy Mayor, Denzill Minnan-Wong, as well as sessions with officials at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), among others, to find solutions that provided community benefits and allowed the architects to dream big as they envisioned the tallest building in Canada, second only to the CN Tower.
Everyone understood the opportunity that the site presented, and we’re delighted with the cooperative and collaborative process that unfolded. Approved by the Design Review Panel, a group of private-sector design professionals, architects, engineers and landscape architects who provide independent, objective advice to Toronto city staff, The One aims to contribute meaningfully and memorably to the public realm.
We think of The One as a tower for the ages; a super structure that speaks of civic and national confidence in the energy and potential of Toronto, North America’s fourth largest city.