The Esplanade May 25, 2011

Crane work on The Esplanade

Waiting to for the truck to pass at the L Tower construction site

Waiting for the “all clear” on The Esplanade

Overhead shot of the L Tower construction site

Looking SE over the site of the L Tower and the adjacent
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts


Ferncastle invites you to attend an information meeting on

Tuesday May 31 at 7 p.m.  

RE: An application to request closing the eastbound lane of The Esplanade to vehicular traffic from Yonge Street to west side of Scott Street, during the construction of  L Tower and Backstage condominiums.

DATE:   Tuesday, May 31

TIME:   7:00 pm

LOCATIONNovotel, 45 The Esplanade,  Room: Champagne West

Click here for map.

Coffee, Soft Drinks and Cookies will be served.


  • Representatives of the Ferncastle development team, the development partnership for the Backstage and L Tower condominiums.
  • Councillor Pam McConnell


  • Pedestrian access to Yonge Street would be provided as part of this application.
  • Accommodation for neighbourhood festivals, such as Buskerfest, would be made on a per event basis.
  • Vehicular access to the west entrance/exit of the St. Lawrence
  • Toronto Parking Authority garage would be maintained.

If you have any questions please email:

Backstage Condo groundbreaking

Cityzen Development Group, Castlepoint and Fernbrook Homes hosted a groundbreaking event for the Backstage Condominium on Saturday May 14, 2011. Cityzen’s Blog provides a taste of the event in pictures: Please click here.

The site of Backstage is directly south of the L Tower on The Esplanade at Yonge Street. All of the L Tower’s parking will be built underground on the Backstage site; as will the parking for Backstage itself.

A rendering of the Backstage Condo was raised on the construction site.

The crane raising the Backstage Condo banner through the fog.

“Archival” L Tower Construction Photos

To see some good photographs of the L Tower site from last year–2010–please follow this link to the Cityzen Development blog:

L Tower at 4 floors and counting …

As of May 13, 2011 the L Tower had four floors complete and work was active on the 5th. The photo below shows e complete floors with work active on forming the 5th floor. Note that traffic on the one eastbound lane open on The Esplanade has been stopped, while a form is moved into position.

L Tower May 13 2011

L Tower 4th Floor – working on the 5th.

As of Friday May 13, 2001 the L Tower had reached four floors and
work was underway for the 5th floor:

L Tower at 4 floors looking north from the railway embankment.


Concrete form being raised by crane from ground level.


Rising up.


Rising up to be swung onto the the 4th floor of the L Tower


Concrete form “flying by” 1 King West


Lowering the form onto the 4th floor.

L Tower adds second floor



The L Tower at Yonge and The Esplanade has reached its second completed floor and work continues on the next level. Construction lead Dominus is making steady progress.

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