Toronto's condominium renaissance is changing the city in some very noticeable ways, and it's not always through adding skyscrapers: the time of the mid-rise development has arrived. Planned for our arterial thoroughfares, these shorter buildings have the potential to give our city streets a livelier, more urban ambiance without throwing long shadows over surrounding neighbourhoods. One of these new developments is Rockport Group's The Nest on St. Clair Avenue West in Hillcrest Village, where construction is getting under way.

The Nest Condos, Toronto, RAW Design, Rockport GroupRendering of The Nest, image courtesy of Rockport Group

The 9-storey, 123-unit boutique condominium designed by RAW will rise from the site of three recently demolished properties including a former KFC. In the image below, courtesy of the Nest Condos blog, is the development site as it appeared during the first week of September while the buildings were still coming down. If you are looking for a little more action, there is also a quick video of the demolition work on The Nest's Instagram page.

The Nest Condos, Toronto, RAW Design, Rockport GroupDemolition at the site of The Nest, image courtesy of The Nest Blog

Most of the demolition work has been completed since the Nest Condos blog post. Below is the site as it appeared on the evening of September 17th.

The Nest Condos, Toronto, RAW Design, Rockport GroupDemolition at the site of The Nest, image by Craig White

With the demolition all but complete, we can expect to see the site backfilled and graded over the next several weeks to provide a smooth, stable surface for the shoring and excavation equipment which will move this project into the construction stage.

The Nest Condos, Toronto, RAW Design, Rockport GroupDemolition at the site of The Nest, image by Craig White

The Nest, now over 50% sold, will feature amenity spaces designed by II By IV, including a landscaped rooftop common area with indoor and outdoor lounging space featuring a fireplace and a dining area.

The Nest Condos, Toronto, RAW Design, Rockport GroupRooftop amenity space at The Nest, image courtesy of Rockport Group

There are more amenities inside the building, and a visit to UrbanToronto's dataBase file for The Nest will allow you to look through the several renderings of what all is on offer for residents here. The dataBase file is linked below.

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