When we last looked in on at the progress of MOD DevelopmentsMassey Tower, work was under way on the removal of the tile mosaic floor of the heritage bank onsite at 197 Yonge Street. In the time since, the basement of that building has been backfilled, and a portable crane has been brought in to begin the process of shoring the site in advance of excavation for the 60-storey, Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed condominium tower.

Massey Tower, MOD Developments, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA ArchitectsShoring crane installation at the Massey Tower site, image by UT Forum contributor thecharioteer

The site of Massey Tower is a bit more complicated than your standard construction zone, owing to both its narrow footprint, and both the integrated and abutting heritage properties. Shoring and excavation will be carefully conducted behind and beside the historic property's 4-storey Yonge Street bank frontage, which is to be preserved in-situ with work overseen by heritage consultants ERA Architects.

Massey Tower, MOD Developments, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA ArchitectsShoring crane installation at the Massey Tower site, image by UT Forum contributor thecharioteer

The new development will mend a tear in the urban fabric, repurposing the facade of the Pearson and Darling-designed Canadian Bank of Commerce branch, which was shuttered in the 1980s and stood idle for decades. Once construction of the Massey Tower is complete, the grand entrance to the former bank branch will serve as the lobby for the condominium tower above, utilizing the same tile mosaic which was recently salvaged from the now-partially-demolished structure.

Massey Tower, MOD Developments, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA ArchitectsFully assembled shoring crane as seen from the Eaton Centre parking garage, image by UT Forum contributor thecharioteer

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