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Fort York is one of Toronto’s newest residential neighbourhoods. However it is situated in one of Toronto’s most historic areas. This newly minted high-density neighbourhood is just now welcoming its first residents. When development is complete Fort York is expected to have approximately 6,000 condominium homes.
The actual Fort York after which this neighbourhood is named occupies 43 acres to the north of this newly created residential neighbourhood. Fort York is a national historic site. A new interpretive visitors centre will open in 2012 just in time for Bicentennial celebrations.
A little history…
This neighbourhood is the namesake of Historic Fort York, which has stood at the foot of Toronto near the shoreline of Lake Ontario since 1793. During the Battle of York in 1811, Fort York was destroyed by the Americans but was rebuilt in 1814.
In the 1850s the railway began operating just north of Fort York, bringing a plethora of industry to the area. Fort York would carry on in relative obscurity from the citizens of Toronto, however, it continued to be used as a military establishment right up until 1934 when it opened as a historic museum. Fort York was under siege once again in 1943, this time by short-sighted city planners who unceremoniously proposed demolishing it to make way for the Gardiner Expressway. Fortunately, community groups came to the defence of the fort,and the expressway was ultimately re-routed to the south. In a twist of fate,it is the Gardiner Expressway that now faces an uncertain future —many would like to see it demolished as part of the plan to revitalize Toronto’s waterfront while Historic Fort York is now a protected national historic site.