Owing to the visibility from various vantage points that their sheer scale affords, high-rise developments in Toronto are the most-talked-about players of our current building boom. While they are one answer to our ongoing demand for housing, the boom is also fostering a wave of smaller scale projects along many of the city's major thoroughfares, many of which can be found in the areas west of Downtown Toronto.
Now occupied by residents, and with only work on the commercial retail units and with odds and ends to complete, Reserve Properties' Motif Lofts at 41 Ossington is soon to wrap up. The 5-storey structure by architects RAW Design is expected to be completed later this year.
A little under two blocks to the north, a tower crane has been erected at the site of 109OZ Condos as excavation continues around it. Like Motif Lofts, the 6-storey development is a collaboration between developer Reserve Properties and architect RAW Design.
Several blocks to the northwest, IT Lofts is now topped-off and largely clad at 998 College Street, with completion and residential occupancy expected for later this year. Developed by Worsley Urban Partners, the 7-storey 56-unit development also features architecture by RAW Design.
Further to the west, three Roncesvalles area mid-rise projects are in very different stages. Gairloch Developments and Centrestone Urban Developments Inc.'s 383 Sorauren Avenue recently topped out at a height of ten storeys and has now had its tower crane disassembled and removed. Installation of windows is well underway for the architectsAlliance-designed project, while the red-brick exterior envelope is expected to start taking shape shortly.
A couple blocks northwest of 383 Sorauren, finishing touches were recently installed at the first phase of Triumph Developments' now-occupied Howard Park Residences, (below right), located at 24 Howard Park Avenue, just off of Dundas. A second phase of the development—also set to rise 8 storeys—has only a few units remaining for sale, and is now starting construction, with shoring equipment and materials seen in the image below.
Located steps from Howard Park Residences, the third development in the works for this immediate area is Worsley Urban Partners’ The Roncy, planned for 422-426 Roncesvalles Avenue. Designed by RAW, this eight-storey condominium development would bring 93 condo units and 6 townhomes to the intersection of Roncesvalles Avenue and Howard Park Avenue.
The medium rise buildings allow new residents to continue to live close to life on our busy shopping and dining streets. Typically the buildings terrace down to the low-rise neighbourhoods behind them, the prevents them from overwhelming established homes and streets. Other nearby examples of these building include Abacus Lofts completed last year, Nero Condos and Alto Rental Suites both to complete soon, and DUKE Condos, now under construction in nearby The Junction, and all along Dundas Street.
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