Over the past decade, Neudorfer Corporation has played a major role in the conversion of the former General Electric Canada lands along the GO Barrie Line. Now known as Davenport Village, the area continues its transformation into a mixed-use neighbourhood while embracing its industrial past through the repurposing of several brick warehouses. At the northwest intersection of Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street, one of these heritage edifices is currently undergoing such a transformation, with Fuse & Fuse2 Condos rising above and around it.
Designed by Barrett Architect and Burka Architects, the two-tower development reached a milestone last December when the first highrise topped out at a height of 27 storeys. As the precast concrete panels have now been applied on the entirety of the tower, the first rows of windows are making their appearance on the building's lower half, including the restored heritage portion where 4,885 square metres of commercial spaces will eventually occupy the first floor.
Consisting of clear glass mixed with grey spandrel panels and mullions, the expansive windows intend to recall the industrial architecture and style that used to characterize the neighbourhood. Along Lansdowne Avenue, a portion of the building that was demolished to facilitate the first phase of development has been reconstructed since our last visit, and will soon be coated with bricks again.
On the west side of the lot, the second 23-storey phase of the project is steadily rising and now reaches a height of 10 levels above ground, with the first step-back by the structure having become clearly visible. A total of 576 residential units will be added to the area as the complex aims towards completion later this year, with units ranging from lofts to two bedroom + den condominiums.
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