Roncesvalles is known for its expansive selection of eclectic restaurants, shops, and family-oriented activities steps away from public transit. It makes for one of the most desirable place to live in the city. To accommodate those wishing to live in the neighbourhood, a few projects are currently under construction, progressively densifying the area. Gairloch Developments and Centrestone Urban Developments's 383 Sorauren Avenue will soon bring 142 units south of Dundas, just east of the rail corridor.

Gairloch,Centrestone Urban Developments, 383 Sorauren Avenue, architectsAllianceGeneral view of the site looking west, picture by Marcus Mitanis

Gairloch,Centrestone Urban Developments, 383 Sorauren Avenue, architectsAllianceGeneral view of the site looking southeast, picture by Marcus Mitanis

After a few months of digging, the machines have made their way down and reached the 2nd underground level, marking the very bottom of the future structure. A central concrete pad was formed and the crane was recently put in place in the pit, thus allowing for construction materials to be hoisted into the site in advance of the next concrete slabs to be poured. 

Gairloch,Centrestone Urban Developments, 383 Sorauren Avenue, architectsAllianceThe recently poured base of the crane at 383 Sorauren Avenue, picture by Marcus Mitanis

The access ramp will be removed once heavy machinery is no longer necessary in the pit, which should occur in the upcoming weeks.

Gairloch,Centrestone Urban Developments, 383 Sorauren Avenue, architectsAllianceView of the pit at 383 Sorauren Avenue, picture by Marcus Mitanis

With an occupancy scheduled for Fall 2016, we should expect the building to start rising very soon. Designed by architectsAlliance, the facades will be sheathed in red brick, forming a visually-striking grid pattern recalling some of the surrounding Victorian industrial buildings. Out of 10 floors in total, 8 will emerge straight from the ground while the top 2 floors, glass-clad and stepped-back from the sides, will reduce the impression of density and shadows on the neighbouring housing across the street. 

Gairloch,Centrestone Urban Developments, 383 Sorauren Avenue, architectsAllianceConstruction materials being brought to the site, picture by Marcus Mitanis

Gairloch,Centrestone Urban Developments, 383 Sorauren Avenue, architectsAllianceConstruction worker on the site at 383 Sorauren Avenue, picture by Marcus Mitanis

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