No Whole Foods or major grocery store here as Minto downsized the retail after Whole Foods walked away. No hotel either as current plans do not allow for such a use. Bottom line - all sales people BS. Don't get suckered in to rumours people.
Minto has been telling their VIP realtors that a 4-star hotel and Whole Foods will be in the building -- they have directed them to a Whole Foods page proving that it will be there: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/com...70fc7396189b7719d1dce208e6ca236d19c4a65389392 (scroll down to the bottom).
However to my knowledge Whole Foods is considering other downtown sites, and Minto is having major issues with many of their completed developments, so it's anyone's guess right now.
There's over 1,200 units in this entire development, so it will take a little while for this to sell out. Even if they are selling 2 of the 4 sections of the building it's still a lot of units (600 units more or less). There are a lot of small units and the $399,000 2-bedroom 2-bathroom units they are bragging about are just 622 sq.ft.
The units are categorized in one of the 3 collections:
1. The Cityview Collection, which is the most desirable units that face Bathurst Street (west) or Front Street (south).
2. The W Collection, which faces inside the courtyard (west, east and north) formed by the podium and the east and west towers.
3. The W2 Collection, which is the least desirable units which face east into the very narrow courtyard with Reve Condos directly across.
The podium part of the building goes up to the 8th floor and above that is where the two towers emerge, the west tower which is a slab that peaks at around the 20th floor, while the east tower is an inverted T-shaped tower that peaks at the 17th floor. The corridors on the podium level do not connect between the east and west buildings, except on the 2nd floor. There are also amenities on the 9th floor where rooftop of the podium lies between the two towers.
Based on the marketing plans, it looks like they are selling units scattered throughout the entire building so I can't determine where a hotel could go in any part of this building.
Though most of the east building on the 2nd floor is blocked off from the rest of the building, so there may be a potential of a very small boutique hotel on the first two floors of the east building facing Niagara Street, however in the renderings these are shown as townhouses.
I really don't see a boutique hotel here at all. I would be talking to the Well development for that kind of action (future DRL stop and all that luxury retail, movie theatre etc) if I was a hotel chain.