Demolition work has begun at the site of the new Five St. Joseph condos. Located at the southwest corner of Yonge and St. Joseph, this is one project that we at Urban Toronto will be watching closely. Closely not just because of the beautiful tower that will be rising up, but because of the sensitive treatment that the heritage buildings along Yonge and St. Joseph will be receiving. Rather than tearing the corner down, the developers will actually be fully restoring a large portion of the location. 

In this photo by Urban Toronto forum member androiduk we see hoarding going up and buildings coming down. 

Five St Joseph Condos by Graywood Developments And MOD DevelopmentsPhoto by androiduk

The 45 storey cool looking modern tower as it rises from the restored base. 

Five St Joseph Condos by Graywood Developments And MOD Developments

A close-up of the Yonge Street side.

Five St Joseph Condos by Graywood Developments And MOD Developments

The entrance along St. Joseph. 

Five St Joseph Condos by Graywood Developments And MOD Developments

Even the St. Nicholas side is brought back to glory. 

Five St Joseph Condos by Graywood Developments And MOD DevelopmentsFive St Joseph Condos by Graywood Developments And MOD Developments

Developed by a partnership of Graywood Developments and MOD Developments, the tower was designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects. Interior design is by Cecconi Simone with landscape architecture by Janet Rosenberg and Associates. A critical contributor will be ERA Architects who will handle the heritage restoration work.

A great project that will add significantly to urbanism in this city. Let's hope it set a precedence for other to follow.