November 18,2006: Deconstruction of Bay Adelaide Centre
The infamous Bay Adelaide Centre "stump", a symbol of stagnation in downtown Toronto, is near complete deconstruction.
On November 11, 2006, coincidentally Remeberance Day in Canada, we took our camera and video to the site to witness some of the last pieces of the Bay Adelaide Stump coming down.
For photos, click Bay Adelaide Deconstruction Photo Gallery
Here is what the Bay Adelaide Centre looked like back in February 2006, when we took this picture:
The stump rises six stories and is the foundation of the service shaft of a 57 story office tower that was never completed. The stump has sat undisturbed in the core of Toronto's financial district since 1991, when the construction boom of the late 80's faltered.
In our July 16,2006 article: Toronto 2010 Part III: Offices and Retail we discussed how after 15 years of stagnation, Toronto now has five large office projects in various states of development, including the Bay Adelaide Centre.
Developer giant Brookfield properties plans to build three office towers of approximately 50 stories on the Bay Adelaide site. Their first order of business was to tear down the existing stump, which was not in their plans of redevelopment.
Here is what the stump looks like as of November 11,2006:
For the rest of our photos click Bay Adelaide Deconstruction Photo Gallery.
For the workers and residents of downtown Toronto, it is quite surreal to see the stump go down. As ugly as it is, It has been such a fixture of the core. Some even grew attached to it, as evidenced by its draw as a tourist attraction taken to by tour operators and locals who love to tell the story of the stump.
Others however see it has much needed office space and of better things to come. With the boom in construction of condos and increased core density, land prices have risen and as a result, there has been a gradual exodus of many downtown jobs to the suburbs.
In 2010, the stump will be gone, and will give way to this: