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Tower Renewal is a City of Toronto program that works to improve Toronto’s high-rise apartment’s and surrounding neighbourhoods. The group focuses on the concrete towers that are so heavily used in Toronto. The concentration of these towers is second highest in North America with neighbourhoods like St. James Town in downtown Toronto providing residence for the densest population in Canada at around 17,500 in the area from Bloor St. to the north, Wellesley St. to the south, Sherbourne St. to the west, and Parliament to the East.
Tower Renewal makes improvements by adding additional features to areas as well as modifying existing spaces to better accomodate the residences as well as promoting more use of the space and connecting neighbouring apartments and communities.
I got a chance to chat with them about what they do and what is coming up in the near future.
What year were most of the buildings made in that you deal with? What neighbourhoods?
There are more than 1,000 residential apartment towers (more than 5 stories high) found all across Toronto that were built between 1945 and 1984.
The buildings are located in many neighbourhoods throughout Toronto.