Bellair on the Park

When: Sales began in 1987

Where: 22 and 24 Hanover Road

Who: Bramalea Limited

What I Know: This land was long set aside for high density residential dating back to the 1969 Master Plan. The Sierra tower to the west of the complex was begun first, but is completely separate. These are among the most luxurious and expensive of the condominium apartments in Bramalea.

The layout of the complex follows a similar format used by Bramalea Limited at the time across North America, with towers surrounded by a lush private park-like setting and featuring a luxurious recreation centre.

The prices for the units varied rather dramatically over time, tied to changes in the economy and real estate market. From a starting price for units of $99,900 in 1987, they soared to starting at $225,000 in 1989, then deflating to a starting price of $154,900 in 1991.

The two towers have walls of glass common with Bramalea Limited’s designs at the time. Only two units per floor have balconies, and a number of units have sun rooms.

Tower 1 is 22 floors tall, and Tower 2, on the east side, is 24 floors tall making them among the tallest of all of the towers in Bramalea, only surpassed by a few buildings in the Lisa Street neighbourhood.

Both towers have nearly identical plans, with different names, in mirror image of each other. I am missing a few plans from Tower 1 – but I have the corresponding plans for Tower 2.

A special thank you to Richard F. for sharing these floor plans with me!

 

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Toronto Star, August 8, 1987

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Toronto Star, October 3, 1987

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Toronto Star, October 24, 1987

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Toronto Star, January 16, 1988

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Toronto Star, January 23, 1988

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Toronto Star, October 8, 1988

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Toronto Star, November 11, 1989

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Toronto Star, December 9, 1989

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Toronto Star, April 21, 1990

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Toronto Star, May 11, 1991

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Tower 2 Plans:

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Downtown Bramalea – The Bramalea City Centre

Today we know it as the “Bramalea City Centre” but this core area is essentially “downtown” Bramalea. The area has changed over the years but it is interesting to look back on what the core of Bramalea was imagined to be. I will begin with a few articles on the development of downtown Bramalea, followed by some visual proposals of what the area was imagined to look like.

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Canadian Building November 1972

Canadian Building November 1972

I found a great photo online of the Civic Centre under construction. Here is a link to its location on GettyImages: Rub-A-Dub-Dub

 What downtown Bramalea might have looked like:

Below is an image from the 1958 master plan. This proposal for downtown Bramalea appears to have a park-like plaza with fountain and is very pedestrian-friendly.

1958 Master Plan

1958 Master Plan

The image below from 1959 also shows a pedestrian-friendly public square.

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 The 1968 proposal also appears to have many trees and open space (although I am unsure if the open space represents parking lots or parkland). The lower part of the image looks like a public square – perhaps raised above the ground (?). Numerous tall buildings are pictured around the periphery of the area.

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Toronto Daily Star, March 9, 1968

Today, “downtown” Bramalea is characterized by a large super-regional mall surrounded by stores, office buildings, the civic centre, etc., and almost as much space taken up by parking lots (image below courtesy of Google Maps). There is very little green space except for some passive parkland on the periphery, nearby Chinguacousy Park, and the open space surrounding the residential towers in the K-Section, H-Section and the Lisa Street area.

Walking/bike paths lead weave their way throughout Bramalea, many unceremoniously ending at the parking lots surrounding the City Centre. It is not pedestrian-friendly as some of the early images had proposed. Instead, the automobile rules.

BCCWhat are your thoughts on downtown Bramalea today? Do you feel it is the perfect layout for the suburban lifestyle…or would you have preferred something more pedestrian-friendly as in the earlier proposals? Feel free to comment below!