Diamond Corp, a Toronto real estate development company with a strong commitment to developing high-quality, innovative and award-winning residential and mixed use projects, has established itself as a leader in the development industry in the Greater Toronto Area. Diamond Corp. is a part of the Whitecastle group of companies and acts as the manager of the Whitecastle New Urban Fund 1, 2 and 3. Diamond Corp. is committed to progressive city building rooted in a legacy and tradition of quality and innovation. Read more...
New blueprint for developers: Talk to the neighbours first
On a pleasant morning this week, a real estate developer sat at a park bench in the sunshine, talking with a pair of local residents about a huge residential, office and retail project he and his partners are building nearby.
Stephen Diamond brought out plans for the Well, a 7 1/2-acre “mixed-use community” on the site of the old Globe and Mail headquarters between Front and Wellington streets, just west of Spadina. He pointed to the landscaped walkways, the striking architecture of the soaring office tower and the way some buildings are stepped back from the street so they don’t overshadow the neighbouring properties. Lee Jacobson and Scott James, pillars of the Wellington Place Neighbourhood Association, looked on approvingly.
It is not a scene you see every day in Toronto. Residents groups often quarrel with developers who threaten to put up big, new buildings on their treasured streets. Angry neighbours crowd community meetings to rage at the developers for ruining the place they live. The developers push back. Lawyers line up on each side. Often the fight goes all the way to the Ontario Municipal Board, the provincial referee for development disputes.
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Daniels and Diamond Corp Break Ground on FirstHome: Markham Sheppard
Affordable housing has been a hot topic of late in Toronto. Following an announcement earlier this week where the provincial government revealed plans to redevelop three surplus Ontario-owned properties in Downtown Toronto with affordable housing, a major development in Scarborough has broken ground. Addressing the need for below-market units, The Daniels Corporation and Diamond Corp's FirstHome: Markham Sheppard project celebrated the official start of construction yesterday, with work underway before sales of the homes have even begun.
Designed with first-time buyers in mind, the project's official start came early yesterday afternoon, with ceremonial soil-turning at the south east corner of Markham and Sheppard by (L-R in the image above) Councillors Neethan Shan (Ward 42 Rouge River) and Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport); Mayor John Tory; The Daniels Corporation’s Executive Vice President, Niall Haggart; Diamond Corp.’s Executive Vice President and COO, Bob Blazevski; Councillor David Shiner (Ward 24 Willowdale and Chair of Build Toronto), and Simona Annibale, Vice President Marketing, The Daniels Corporation.
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