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SBA assisted the developer in the land assembly and redevelopment approvals to put a new face on an important but decayed downtown city block. The interior of the block was freed up to enable the creation of a major public open space oasis in the very core of the city. The urban design of the interior courtyard included the integration of significant works of art chosen through a public art competition.

A small building adjoining 44 Victoria was demolished to create a north-south mid-block public access route and view corridor into the newly created open space. As part of the conservation of the street facade of 85 Yonge St., an abandoned public right-of-way was reclaimed and aligned with a newly created mid-block passageway through 20 Victoria St.

SBA undertook the conservation of the facades of 20 & 44 Victoria Street. In order to support higher lease rates, the public spaces within these office buildings were redesigned to be in keeping with the grandeur of when the head offices of Canada's premier insurance companies resided there. All the building systems were upgraded, and the buildings were interconnected to Toronto's 'PATH' system and new underground parking structure.