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August 13, 2010 | Ryan Starr | Toronto Star

"With the glut of condos popping up in recent years on the former Railway Lands, Craig Taylor knew how important it was for his company to distinguish its new project from the competition.

“There are all these nameless glass, grey buildings in the area,” says Taylor, director of interior design and marketing for Context Development, the firm behind Library District Condominiums, a 29-storey, 364-unit glass tower at the corner of Fort York Blvd. and Bathurst.

The site will form the western bookend for the Railway Lands, a sizable swath of residential development between Spadina Rd. and Bathurst St. that’s dominated by Concord Adex’s CityPlace mega-project.

...As the project’s name indicates, the Library District Condos will incorporate a Toronto Public Library branch — a two-storey, 15,000 square foot facility — that will stand separate from the condo tower.

The condo will also overlook a new park with views of neighbouring Fort York.

...With that in mind, Shirley Blumberg, a partner at KPMB Architects, alludes to both the library and parkland in her design.

...“In urban design, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing,” she says, referring to podiums. “Given that this site really reveals Fort York to the city, I felt it should be highly penetrable by the public. The last thing I wanted to do was block it in.”"

Text by Ryan Starr

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