The 100-year-old, four-storey brick-and-beam structure was not originally part of the vision announced by David Mirvish and renowned architect Frank Gehry in 2012, but Projectcore project manager Robin Ramcharan said the developers are now embracing it after the City of Toronto insisted the legacy building be incorporated into the overall plan.
“Retaining the Eclipse Whitewear building became an important part of the final scheme, especially as it will house the main gallery for Mirvish + Gehry Toronto,” commented Ramcharan.
“We took the opportunity to celebrate the history of the building by restoring some of the original elements that had been changed over time, such as re-introducing an entrance from John Street. Keeping the heritage elements also helped give context to the overall development on the block.”
Construction is expected to start in October with a projected completion date of August 2020.
Ramcharan deferred questions about the rest of the project to Great Gulf, which was announced last Oct. 2 as the purchaser of the site. Mirvish, president of Ed Mirvish Enterprises, said at the time the sale would lead to the “realization and fulfilment of my vision for Mirvish + Gehry Toronto.”
Great Gulf reiterated plans to build two towers with 82 storeys in an East Tower and 92 in a West Tower anchored by a multi-level podium on property that has been zoned for mixed uses but since then has not issued updates. Requests for comment from Great Gulf went unanswered as of press deadline.