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Toronto has chosen Montrealer Claude Cormier to develop a public space along its Waterfront; over the past several years, this site has undergone impressive changes: renovations, construction and extensive urban planning. 

In this case, the aim of the contest was to design a layout for the area located at the end of Jarvis Street, surrounding a boat launching ramp. Three teams were in the running, and the jury members unanimously chose the "Sugar Beach" layout project, designed by Claude Cormier's team.

The project features three distinct areas: a public space, a promenade and a beach bordering the pier. The "Sugar Beach" idea is a reference to the industrial heritage of the Redpath sugar refinery located just west of the site. 

The renewal of the shoreline area goes hand-in-hand with the development of parks and public spaces. The public space will beautify the site of the Jarvis Street launching ramp and will be among the five major parks and public spaces in the revitalized sector of East Bayfront.

The other candidates for the project were Janet Rosenberg + Associates as well as West 8 and DTAH. Construction for the $4 million project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2009 and be completed in 2010.

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