It has been 45 years since the rental apartment at 66 Isabella was built tower-in-the-park style in Toronto's Church-Wellesley Village. With the province of Ontario mandating intensification, and with tower-in-the-park having fallen out of favour, the owners of the building, Mohican Holdings of Markham, applied to allow a new tower to be built up against the east side of the existing 26-storey building fronting Church Street. To prepare for the conjoined towers, east-facing units were emptied of renters, gutted, and re-oriented to face either north or south. Old balconies were bricked in, and new windows are balconies were built into north and south walls.

66 Isabella, Mohican Holdings, Quadrangle Architects, TorontoLooking west across Church Street to 66 Isabella, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor urbandreamer

In our last look back in December 2014, work had only reached 66 Isabella's 6th floor. Designed by Quadrangle Architects, the new 23-storey east addition to 66 Isabella is now 20 storeys into the air, bricks have been laid around the first two storeys, and grey-toned window wall cladding installation is under way as high as the seventh storey.

66 Isabella, Mohican Holdings, Quadrangle Architects, TorontoA view of the podium's cladding from the east, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor urbandreamer

66 Isabella, Mohican Holdings, Quadrangle Architects, TorontoGlazing now being installed, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor urbandreamer

The addition, now within 3 storeys of its top floor, should top off in late May or early June. Upon its completion, 66 Isabella's addition will add 211 residential units to the vibrant Church-Wellesley village. Original plans included 12 condominium suites situated on the top floors, but all suites will be rental now. The building includes amenities such as a fitness centre, landscaped rooftop terrace, party room, library, private dining room, a theatre, and an underground garage with 166 parking spots. New retail will be featured at the ground level on Church Street.

66 Isabella, Mohican Holdings, Quadrangle Architects, TorontoLooking northwest at 66 Isabella with the original building behind on the left, image courtesy of Quadrangle Architects

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