It was just a couple of weeks ago when we last visited the site of BazisMetropia and RioCan's E Condos, a two-tower Rosario Varacalli-designed condominium development now in its early construction stages at the northeast corner of Yonge and Eglinton. At the time of our last visit, excavation was pressing on at the south end of the site, while demolition prep work had begun at 31 Roehampton, located at the northeast corner of the site. The three-storey walkup apartment building, which was added to the development site last year, has since been largely demolished.

E Condos, Toronto, Roy Varacalli, Bazis Inc., Metropia, RioCanDemolition work at 31 Roehampton Avenue, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Roundabout

Since successfully acquiring 31 Roehampton, the developers applied for increases to the development's total number of units and floor area for the development, which was approved by City of Toronto's Committee of Adjustment in November 2014. To address these changes to the plan, the north tower of the development - which is expected to rise 112 metres and contain approximately 450 units - is currently being redesigned.

E Condos, Toronto, Roy Varacalli, Bazis Inc., Metropia, RioCanDemolition work at 31 Roehampton Avenue, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Roundabout

UrbanToronto Forum contributor Roundabout stopped by the site earlier this week, and captured this video showing the demolition process well under way.

Even more changes are in the works for the E Condos plan, including plans to rebuild the existing pedestrian tunnel that links the development site with Eglinton Station, located on the intersection's opposite corner. This new connection will include a replacement entrance from E Condos containing two escalators, as well as an elevator that will provide barrier-free access between the subway concourse and street level.

Existing pedestrian tunnel under Yonge Street to Eglinton subway stationExisting pedestrian tunnel under Yonge Street to Eglinton subway station, image by Jack landau

The TTC is working with the City of Toronto Community Planning and Urban Design staff on plans for the new pedestrian connection, and the developers of E Condos have entered into a construction agreement with the TTC, allowing for construction on the connection when work reaches that stage.

E Condos, Toronto, Roy Varacalli, Bazis Inc., Metropia, RioCanRendering of E Condos' street realm on Eglinton Avenue east of Yonge, image courtesy of Bazis/Metropia/RioCan

The proposed new entrance is part of the larger reconfiguration of Eglinton Station, which will be shifted north of the existing subway platforms into where the tail tracks are now. This relocation will centre the platform and its mezzanine level around the future platform for the Crosstown LRT line's Yonge Station, below the subway platform.

Additional information and renderings can be found in our E Condos dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.