UrbanToronto's Projects and Construction thread for BazisMetropia and RioCan's  E Condos, has been updated regularly over the last month with images of the early stages of site preparation. The Rosario Varacalli-designed complex will feature 58 and 38-storey condominium towers, but first a number of buildings are being cleared away.

We last summarized work at the project in April, when demolition had just got under way on the 7-storey, 30-unit rental apartment building at 25 Roehampton, where the development's shorter 38-storey tower will eventually rise. The teardown continued into the end of the month, and by early May, the northern half of the building had been reduced to piles of rubble and rebar.

E Condos Roy Varacalli Metropia Riocan Bazis International TorontoE Condos site as seen on May 1, image by Roundabout

Forum contributor Roundabout has been passing by the E Condos site frequently since demolition began, and during the month of May he provided several updates which document the early stages of the largest redevelopment currently under construction in the midtown area. On May 1st, Roundabout captured an image with much more emotional depth than what we are used to seeing in construction updates. The image below reminds us of the human element in a recently vacated and partly demolished residential building, where a Banksy image remains stuck to someone's former wall.

E Condos Roy Varacalli Metropia Riocan Bazis International Toronto25 Roehampton partially demolished on May 1, image by Roundabout

When Roundabout returned with a new update six days later, the building was little more than a mound of broken concrete and steel, awaiting material sorting and eventual recycling. There were still below-ground floors to demolish, and work pushed onward.

E Condos Roy Varacalli Metropia Riocan Bazis International Toronto25 Roehampton on May 7, image by Roundabout

Early May also saw the installation of demolition hoarding around the Yonge Street portion of the E Condos site. Retail and restaurant tenants had been vacated in the preceding months, except for the TD Bank on the northeast corner of Yonge and Eglinton, which will remain open a little while longer.

E Condos Roy Varacalli Metropia Riocan Bazis International TorontoHoarding on Yonge Street as seen on May 7, image by Roundabout

As the week progressed, hoarding was also installed along the Eglinton Avenue frontage, while over on Roehampton, rebar and concrete from the mostly-demolished rental building were being sorted for recycling.

E Condos Roy Varacalli Metropia Riocan Bazis International TorontoHoarding on Eglinton as seen on May 9, image by Roundabout

E Condos Roy Varacalli Metropia Riocan Bazis International TorontoRebar and concrete being sorted on Roehampton side of the site, May 8, image by Roundabout

By May 14th, demolition was under way at the former Burger King location on Eglinton Avenue, as seen in the image below, captured from Roehampton.

E Condos Roy Varacalli Metropia Riocan Bazis International TorontoDemolition under way on the former Burger King on Eglinton, image by Roundabout

By May 19th, demolition of 25 Roehampton's basement levels had begun.

E Condos Roy Varacalli Metropia Riocan Bazis International TorontoBasement levels of 25 Roehampton being demolished, image by Roundabout

Ten days later, work had progressed significantly on the site prep at 25 Roehampton. In the image below, we can see the site as it appeared on May 29th, while demolition of the properties on Eglinton can be seen making progress in the background.

E Condos Roy Varacalli Metropia Riocan Bazis International TorontoE Condos site on May 29th, image by Roundabout

Once complete in 2017, E Condos will add 854 condominium units to the fast-growing Yonge and Eglinton area, along with new ground realm retail, and direct access to both the expanded Yonge-Eglinton Centre across the street and the subway station. A couple of years after that, Eglinton station will also be served by the new Crosstown underground light rail transit line, making east-west travel easy here too.

E Condos Roy Varacalli Metropia Riocan Bazis International TorontoE Condos, image courtesy of Bazis

Additional information and renderings on E Condos can be found in our dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the section provided at the bottom of this page.