Maple Leaf Square breaks ground
Maple Leaf Square, Canada’s only fully integrated sports and entertainment complex, is also home to one of Toronto’s fastest-selling communities. Now 95% sold, The Residences of Maple Leaf Square, a 872-suite, two-tower condominium community, captured the coveted “2006 Community of the Year” distinction from the Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association for providing the best quality of life-enhancing aspects.
In September, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE), and Lanterra Developments Ltd. hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the onset of construction.
To commemorate the occasion, Mark Mandelbaum and Barry Fenton of Lanterra, joined by Ian Clarke of MLSE and John Sullivan of Cadillac Fairview, cut into a cake that replicated the massive development. Some 800 purchasers, family members and friends were on hand for the festivities, which were emceed by Chuck Swirsky â€“ the Voice of the Raptors. Leafs and Marlies Mascots Carlton the Bear and Duke the Dog entertained guests while they sampled refreshments from hotdogs to nachos found on any given game night at Air Canada Centre right next door.
Attendees were also offered a tasting from Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. (Longo’s), which will open a grocery store that will be ready when residents move in.
Maple Leaf Square is anchored by retail space comprised of the 47,500-sq.-ft. Longo’s grocery store; 6,000-sq.-ft. MLSE high-tech restaurant; 20,000-sq.-ft. MLSE sports bar; 9,000-sq.-ft. MLSE retail store; a 3,000-sq.-ft. MLSE broadcast studio; 2,000-sq.-ft. MLSE theatre; plus a 5,000-sq.-ft. day care centre, and boutique hotel. The complex also offers 226,355 sq. ft. of leasable office space on floors two through nine.
From Maple Leaf Square, residents will be able to walk via Toronto’s PATH system to both Air Canada Centre and Union Station. The development’s public square will be used to augment events at Air Canada Centre where they can enjoy Leafs and Raptors games, or concerts.
Designed by Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna and Blumberg (KPMB) and Page + Steele Architects, the North and South Towers of Maple Leaf Square will soar to 54 and 50 storeys respectively. Suite interiors and building amenities are by munge//leung: design associates. Amenities include the Sky Lobby Lounge; outdoor pool and landscaped Sky Deck; indoor pool and hot tub; fitness centre; steam rooms; 40-seat theatre; multi-purpose party/board room; business centre; 24-hour concierge; and an integrated Internet-based security system.
Maple Leaf Square will be a LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, with a green roof and energy-saving features and appliances in every suite. It will also be one of the first residential condominiums to be served by EnWave, with cooling, heating and domestic hot water supply provided through steam circulating in a network of underground pipes in Toronto’s core.
Available suites range from 400-sq.-ft. studios priced from $197,900 to $201,900; to one-bedroom plus den or study from 552 to 607 sq. ft. from $262,900 to $298,900; two-bedroom suites from 825 to 1,235 sq. ft. from $371,900 to $675,900; two-bedroom plus study suites at 1,016 sq. ft. from $473,900 to $485,900; and penthouses from 1,240 to 2,124 sq. ft. from $716,900 to $1,346,900.
Maintenance fees are estimated at $0.45 per sq. ft., excluding hydro and the EnWave heating/cooling system, which is individually metered. First occupancies in the North Tower are slated for October 2009, and South Tower occupancies are slated for March 2010.
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