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river city development

River City, the first private sector development project in the West Don Lands, is setting a new benchmark for sustainable urban design in Toronto and across Canada.

Urban Capital is developing this $383 million project located in the north eastern quadrant of the West Don Lands. When complete, this four-phase development known as River City will include 1,100 loft-styled condominium and townhouse units, as well as boutiques, stores and restaurants. River City has a range of beautifully designed suites and amenities that include stunning landscaping throughout the complex, an outdoor pool and dining area, a two-storey glass “lightbox” lounge and party room, two fully-equipped exercise rooms and a furnished guest suite.


RC1, the first phase of this development, comprises 349 units across two buildings - a 16 storey building along King Street and a three store building along Lower River Street - connected by a four storey bridge.  RC1 was completed in 2013. 


RC2, comprises 249 units across three 12-storey mini towers connected by glass bridges along Lower River Street facing Corktown Common.  Phase two's sleek white exterior is designed to be a dramatic contrast to the edgy dark exteriors of the first phase.  Construction is complete and residents have taken occupancy.


RC3 will comprise 330 units in a 29 storey tower located south of the Richmond-Adelaide ramps, facing Corktown Common.  RC3 complements the first two phases with bold asymmetrical lines, striking proportions in a distinctive black, white and gold palette.  This phase was released in the spring 2014 and construction is underway.  


RC4 (Harris Square) is anticipated to comprise 150 units in an 11 storey building at the head of Lawren Harris Square.


Designed by Saucier + Perrotte Architects and ZAS Architects, two of Canada’s most respected and award-winning design firms, River City’s buildings will be like no other buildings in Toronto. The development will be an innovative, environmentally friendly collection of bold forms and inventive spaces. River City was named the 2010 Best Hi-rise Building by BILD, the Building Industry and Land Development Association.


LEED® gold


In keeping with Waterfront Toronto’s sustainable development goals, River City will be a LEED Gold carbon-neutral development, the first such residential building in Canada. Buildings will have green roofs, and the development will feature a hybrid car and bike share program, plus parking garages will be wired for electric-car charging stations.


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developer selection


Urban Capital Development Group was chosen as Waterfront Toronto’s first private sector development partner in April 2008 following a competitive selection process. A two-stage request for qualifications and request for proposals process was conducted, guided by a Steering Committee composed of Waterfront Toronto staff and subject matter experts in design, sustainability, and real estate. The entire process was overseen by a Fairness Advisor, The Honourable Justice Coulter A. Osbourne.


Urban Capital was chosen because their submission best responded to Waterfront Toronto’s criteria for sustainability and design excellence. It also provided the best overall value. Their proposal embraced Waterfront Toronto's public policy objectives of creating inclusive, walkable communities, reducing urban sprawl, taking a transit first approach and leveraging the use of parks and public spaces to create vibrant new urban neighbourhoods.


award winning design team


Montreal-based Saucier + Perrotte’s bold and innovative architectural designs have garnered the firm over 45 national and international awards, including five Governor General’s Awards for Architecture and was awarded “Best Firm in Canada” by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2009. Saucier + Perrotte is regarded by many to be the premier architectural design firm in Canada.


Toronto-based ZAS Architects has a long history in Toronto civic architecture, creating buildings that play key roles in bringing communities together.


media coverage


Find out what the media have had to say about River City.


Read the media material announcing Urban Capital as Waterfront Toronto's first private sector development partner.

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