The building will be the first condo with only parking for bicycles. City Councilor Adam Vaughan happily stressed that this is a step forward for the 'New Toronto'.
Today's historic event took place with a massed band with pipes and drums will march on University Avenue southbound between Dundas and Armoury to celebrate this event. The Guard and Band will be made up of members from Reserve regiments of The Canadian Forces 32 Brigade Group. Governor General David Johnston, patron of the RMCI, also laid the cornerstone as his predecessors had in the past. The Office of the Governor General has a long standing tradition with the R.C.M.I. dating back to the 1800s: Lord Stanley accepted patronage in 1890; Lord Grey laid the first cornerstone at R.C.M.I. headquarters in 1907; and The Duke of Connaught laid the cornerstone for the renovation of the building 18 May, 1912.
The historic building at 426 University Avenue has been the home of the RCMI since 1907 with the Governor General of Canada, The Earl Grey, as its patron. Earl Grey laying the cornerstone. In the decades that have followed the building has seen better days. With the partnership with Tribute Communities the grandeur of the past will join the future of Toronto with a 42-storey tower. The first six levels of the building are dedicated to to the Royal Canadian Military Institute. The original facade of the building is being restored by Zeidler Partnership, known for their attention to historical detail. The new entrance will replace decades of mishmashed styles and materials that were used as the building expanded. The end result will be a historic building that looks like it did during the 1930s. When completed the new building will have 36,000 square feet spread over six stories of space instead of the current
two and a half levels with 24,000 square feet.
On the 36 stories above the RCMI space will be homes for 318 city residents. City Councilor Adam Vaughan said that those homes have almost sold out without even opening a sales office with Torontorians eager to live in a place where cars are not part of the landscape. While there is parking nearby The Residences at RCMI will only have nine parking spaces for automobiles. Those cars will be part of a car-sharing program. There will be parking spaces set aside for 300 bicycles.
There are still a few suites available.
Governor General David Johnston is the third Governor General to lay a cornerstone at the RCMI.
"I am so confident that this beautiful new home of yours will be a welcoming one," Johnston said today after he took time to inspect a 100-man honour guard.
Johnston said that the Institute is vital to our learning of the importance of the military.
The one bedroom and one bedroom plus den residences will be from 474 to 763 square foot with an emphasis on environmental protection.
A private reception followed the event at the Campbell House.