The corner of Front Street West and Spadina used to feel like the Western outback, alone and removed, even if only a few blocks from Toronto’s downtown core, facing noisy commuter rail lines.

Now, Allied and RioCan REIT have partnered to extend that King West feel with their new, massive 7.8-acre, multi-use development at Front and Spadina marketed as The Well. The idea is a difficult one: to bring King West to Front, attracting office and retail tenants looking to buy into the vibe. There will also be 1,800 residential units (condos and rentals), adding 10,000 residents and office workers to the immediate area.