The King St. Pilot Project in Toronto

At BAZIS, we choose our new condo locations carefully. We look for vibrant, urban communities with excellent transit access.  We know that getting you to where you need to go is of utmost importance.

Keeping an Eye on Current and Future Trends in Transit

We’re watching the King Street Pilot Project eagerly, as some proponents believe this will relieve congestion along one of Toronto’s busiest routes. It began November 12th, and affects routes between Bathurst and Jarvis St.

This year-long pilot aims to improve the reliability, convenience and speed of public transit, while changing King Street’s function, by not allowing private vehicles to pass through intersections and giving priority to streetcars. The King Street Pilot will explore ways to move people efficiently while maintaining and supporting economic prosperity.

King is the busiest road route in the city, with over 65,000 people travelling it every day.  It’s also the third most active transit corridor, behind only the Yonge-University and Bloor-Danforth Subway lines.  Over the last decade transit needs have changed for both drivers and the TTC.

The pilot project hopes to improve travel speed, timing between streetcars, and overcrowding. With over 20,000 vehicles using King Street per day, much of these trips are primarily local and the majority of which can use the streets which run parallel instead.

Because it restricts the way private vehicles enter intersections at King and Bathurst and King and Jarvis, as well as eliminates on-street parking, the pilot project should produce a drop in vehicle traffic, encouraging foot traffic or transit and relieving congestion, making travel on King faster and more environmentally-friendly.

If you regularly travel this route, or have a destination in the affected area, it’s wise to review this link, which advises drivers, cyclists, transit-users and pedestrians how to safely navigate King during the pilot project.

This pilot project is noteworthy, because it could very well change how high-traffic areas in the downtown core are travelled.  We’re wondering, what do you think about the #kingstreetpilot?

Building Homes and Knowledge

Bazis has carefully selected some of Toronto’s best neighbourhoods in which to build. These neighbourhoods feature beautiful surroundings, access to amenities such as fine dining, entertainment and shopping as well as great schools.

Two of our condos (Exhibit and 1 Yorkville) neighbour some of the best private schools in Toronto offering world-class educational opportunities to our families in residence.

Blyth Academy in Yorkville is a private high school for Grade 9-12 focused on personalized education and experiential learning. Located in Yorkville, Blyth partners academically with the ROM and AGO.

Another nearby school is the Rosedale Day School, a small private school for JK to Grade 8. Rosedale also offers remarkable educational partnerships for enriched and global academic experience with the ROM, the AGO, the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. In addition to a strong academic program, the school also offers a complete range of co-curricular activities in the arts, athletics, technology, music.

Branksome Hall, a prestigious school for girls is also located nearby. It is a leading from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. In addition to its strong liberal arts curriculum that fosters a balance between academics and other activities, Branksome features an award-winning Athletics and Wellness Centre.

Last but not least, the esteemed St. Michael’s College, a private all-boys Roman Catholic day school for grades 7-12. The school offers an enriched, Catholic, Liberal Arts education complemented by several diverse co-curricular programs and is most notable for its ice hockey and football programs.

Bazis condos are perfect family environments with top-notch education at their doorsteps.

How It’s Done: Shoring

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Creating a building is a complicated endeavour, as we’re sure you’ve realized. Toronto is a city booming with construction professionals working to make beautiful, safe, and long-lasting infrastructure. Creating the things you see around you when you walk down the street every day consists of thousands of processes developed by engineers, architects, and city planners. Our condo buildings are no different. The process begins in the drawing room with ideas and planners, and ends at the peak of beautiful buildings all around the city. Want to learn about how the construction process begins and ends? Follow along on our new How It’s Done series, beginning with the first edition: Shoring. Continue reading