This project is exciting and is probably the closest to a Montreal gathering place boulevard/walkway that Toronto will ever get. This type of project is what we need more of, gathering places for people. There should be like 4 or 5 of these types of developments spread out throughout the downtown. This will draw locals and tourists.
I love this project and I'm very happy with how it looks and what it's going to bring to the community. But I think we need to keep pushing the needle, at least aesthetically, so I'm gonna get a bit nitpicky.
I'm a huge fan of the texture on the facades but I feel like the window treatment–or lack there of–should better match that. Right now it looks almost incomplete, similar to how Woodsworth looked before they added the window detailing:
I also wish there was some sort of cornice they could add. Just taking a look a the shot of the heritage building right next to the new one shows how much more resolved the design looks with a cornice. Maybe the glass railing will help with that. And obviously, wish there was more variation in brick colour.