Toronto's Roncesvalles neighbourhood, known for its unique and independently owned shops and restaurants, is one of the most attractive in the city. The vast collection of eclectic stores and dining spots lining Roncesvalles Avenue are easily accessible by all methods of transportation, including bicycle. As a result, lots of people want to live here. Soon, residents of a new 10-storey condominium at 383 Sorauren Avenue will have the opportunity to enjoy the services and amenities this diverse neighbourhood has to offer. 

The 10-storey architectsAlliance-designed 383 Sorauren, image by Marcus MitanisThe 10-storey 383 Sorauren, designed by architectsAlliance, image by Marcus Mitanis

Located a short walk east of Roncesvalles, 383 Sorauren evokes the industrial past of the neighbourhood with its use of brick, mimicking its neighbour Robert Watson Lofts, a former warehouse which has now been repurposed as a condominium. That was the intention of Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance, who collaborated with the developers, Gairloch Developments and Centrestone Urban Developments, to bring the project to life. 

Following the demolition of the sales centre in August, excavation and piling have begun, with heavy machinery now navigating the busy site. The images below capture some of the progress since the official start of construction. 

Sales centre demolition in August, image by Marcus MitanisSales centre demolition in August, image by Marcus Mitanis

Piling equipment makes its appearance, image by Marcus MitanisPiling equipment makes its appearance, image by Marcus Mitanis

Each of the 142 units within the building will feature an outdoor patio, balcony or in the case of the penthouse suites, a large terrace. Exposed concrete ceilings will reach nine feet from the floor, with penthouse suite ceilings extending to ten feet. With interiors designed by Johnson Chou Inc., every unit will also include solid core veneer slab cabinetry, a stainless steel backsplash, corian countertops and hardwood flooring throughout. 

View of the site from the Dundas Street West bridge, image by Marcus MitanisView of the current condition of the site from the Dundas Street West bridge, image by Marcus Mitanis

Excavation has begun at 383 Sorauren, image by Marcus MitanisExcavation has begun at 383 Sorauren, image by Marcus Mitanis

Two-storey townhouses will front onto Sorauren Avenue while the south side of the ground floor will feature an outdoor lounge and kitchen. Other amenities in the building include a fully equipped fitness room and a guest suite. With occupancy set to begin in the Fall of 2016, the most exciting aspects of construction are yet to come.

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