Minto Midtown

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Minto Midtown
Minto Midtown.JPG
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential
Coordinates 43°42′20″N 79°23′51″W / 43.705454°N 79.397593°W / 43.705454; -79.397593Coordinates: 43°42′20″N 79°23′51″W / 43.705454°N 79.397593°W / 43.705454; -79.397593
Roof 118 m (387 ft) (Quantum)
160 m (525 ft) (Quantum 2)
Technical details
Floor count 37 (Quantum)
54 (Quantum 2)
Design and construction
Architect Zeidler Partnership Architects and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Developer Minto Developments Inc.

The Minto Midtown is a residential complex on Yonge Street in Toronto in the Davisville neighbourhood near Yonge and Eglinton. The complex consists of two towers, Quantum South and Quantum North. It was developed by Minto Developments Inc.

Quantum I South is 37 stories tall with a total structural height of 118 m (387 ft)and was completed in 2007. Quantum II North is 54 stories tall with a total structural height of 160 m (525 ft). The initial conceptual design was done by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Zeidler Partnership Architects developed the design and completed the project.

The construction of the towers, the tallest in the neighbourhood, was controversial. Minto reached an agreement with city council, after reducing the height by several storeys. The buildings still sparked strong response from a community group named the North Toronto Tenants Network, who appealed the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board. The OMB ruled in favour of Minto. The debate over the towers proved central in the 2003 municipal election. Incumbent city councillor Anne Johnston had helped broker the compromise that approved the towers. She was opposed by Karen Stintz, who took a strong stand against the development and intensification. In a result that surprised many, longtime incumbent Johnston lost by 2,321 votes.

Quantum South was completed in July 2007; Quantum North was completed in October 2008. This development has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, making it the largest multi-residential LEED certified condominium in North America in 2009.

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Yonge Street looking south from Eglinton Avenue, 1963. The former Ontario Health Insurance Plan building, visible on the left side of the image, was demolished and is now the site of the Minto Midtown residential complex.