Extending from Front Street to the North and Lakeshore Boulevard to the South, as well as Bathurst and Blue Jays Way from the East to the West, CityPlace forms a neighbourhood in and of itself. When completed, CityPlace will be the largest residential development ever created in Toronto’s history.
CityPlace was originally conceived of as a way to revitalize what was formerly Canadian National’s Spadina Street Yard Facility. While planning first began in 1965, it was not until after the construction of the Sky Dome on Blue Jays Way (now known as the Rogers Centre) in 1989 that a new network of roads, parks and infrastructure began to take shape. Revitalization truly began with the construction of the Air Canada Centre in 1997, and the area is now a multipurpose development of commercial, residential and retail units interspersed with communal green spaces such as the lovely Canoe Landing Park and dazzling artscapes.
Though there is little street life in the area itself, CityPlace is a short distance away from the neighbourhoods of the Harbourfront and the Toronto Entertainment District. Close proximity to these neighbourhoods means that the area is close to recreation, nightlife, restaurants, theatres, sports venues, entertainment venues and shopping. The newly built Puente de Luz ensures that residents have even easier access to the rest of the city, bridging the gap created by the rail yards. CityPlace itself is also home to some gastronomical delights, with Hunter’s Landing acting as a neighbourhood go to. With many of the developments finished or nearing completion community building has now begun, and CityPlace now boasts a summer farmer’s market.
CityPlace is centrally located, granting residents easy access to public transport hubs such as Union Station and the Billy Bishop Island Airport, as well as major roads such as the Gardiner Expressway. Cityplace is served by the Spadina, Bathurst and Harbourfront streetcar lines. A median has been built along Bremner Boulevard for a possible future streetcar line.
Major landmarks in the area include the CN Tower, the Air Canada Centre, the Rogers Centre, the John Street Roundhouse/Roundhouse Park, Steam Whistle Brewery, Leon’s Furniture Stores, the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre, the John Street Pumping Station, Union Station, the Telus Tower and Maple Leaf Square.