With the flurry of construction activity underway in the West Don Lands and surrounding area, the signs of change are becoming apparent. As pits are excavated and cranes are raised inside the future Pan-Am Athlete's Village, surrounding brownfields and empty lots are being transformed by private development. One such property is Urban Capital's River City Condos  — the first of many residential developments to rise in the formerly abandoned West Don Lands. At King and River Street, the development will sit at the northeast edge of the fledgling community adjacent to the newly built Underpass and Don River Parks.

Urban Capital's River City Condos Saucier + Perrotte TorontoUrban Capital's River City Condos, designed by Saucier & Perrotte Architects

The Saucier + Perrotte-designed project is being constructed in four phases. Phase 1's taller tower has topped out at 16 storeys while the shorter seven-storey building is nearing completion. Phase 2 is starting construction shortly. Phases 3 and 4 will follow in the future. 

Phase 1 of River City, Urban Capital Saucier+Perrotte Toronto Phase 1 of River City, viewed from the south side of the Eastern Ave overpass, image by Jack Landau

The Eastern Avenue overpasses divide the site in half with phases 1 and 2 being built north of them and phases 3 and 4 to the south. This unorthodox arrangement will undoubtedly be remedied by the fact that the underside of the overpass has recently been transformed into a park.

Underpass Park, next to River City Condos Urban Capital Saucier+Perrotte TorontoThe recently completed Underpass Park, adjacent to River City, Image by Jack Landau

In addition to the draw of adjacent park space, the developers are aiming for LEED Gold carbon-neutral status — which is sure to attract environmentally-conscious home buyers.

Future site of phase 3 of River City Urban Capital TorontoFuture site of phase 3 of River City with phase 1 in background, image by Jack Landau

In addition to the images shown above, forum member "TOCondoGarden" recently snapped these great photos of River City: 

South side of phase 1 River City Condos Urban Capital TorontoSouth side of phase 1, showing the first of it's black aluminum cladding, image by TOCondoGarden

River City Condos view from northwest, Urban Capital TorontoRiver City Condos, viewed from River Street north of King, image by TOCondoGarden

Want to learn more? Additional information and renderings can be found at our dataBase listing below. To follow construction as it progresses, join our Forum discussion here.