Downtown Toronto's east side has been on the rise lately, and new condominium growth as well as future redevelopments promise a brighter future for the once rough-around-the-edges neighbourhoods east of the core. At the corner of Shuter and George Streets, Identity Developments and Stal Inc.'s O2 Toronto - also known as O2 Maisonettes on George, is one of the many redevelopment efforts that will contribute density and vitality to the area in the form of new residents, while also mending a relatively recent tear in the urban fabric where the historic Walnut Hall stood up until its collapse in 2007.

O2 Toronto, Identity Developments, Stal Inc., Page + Steele / IBI GroupO2 site viewed from the south side of Shuter Street at George, image by Jack Landau

As visible in the image above, concrete columns and wall forms for the 14-storey Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed condominium development's first floor have recently risen above grade. In the image below, we get an idea of how prominent the Toronto skyline will be for residents with south and west facing views, which will certainly be an improvement on the already impressive views seen at ground level surrounding the site.

O2 Toronto, Identity Developments, Stal Inc., Page + Steele / IBI GroupO2 site viewed from the east side of Shuter Street, image by Jack Landau

Below, wooden forms can be seen stacked against the site's eastern perimeter fence. Looking beyond the stacks of wooden forms, we can see the first floor's concrete columns, with rebar protruding from the tops, to be continued skywards in coming days by another pour on the second level.

O2 Toronto, Identity Developments, Stal Inc., Page + Steele / IBI GroupConcrete work is now under way on the building's first level, image by Jack Landau

For a taste of what is to come, we turn to a pre-construction rendering of the development as seen from Moss Park, which is located just across Shuter Street to the south of the development site.

O2 Toronto, Identity Developments, Stal Inc., Page + Steele / IBI GroupRendering of O2 Toronto, image courtesy of Identity Developments / Stal Inc.

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