It was early this year when the first demolition activity was spotted at the four-and-a-half acre site of Streetcar Developments and Dream's Riverside Square. At that time, it was a three-storey brick warehouse at 79 Don Roadway that was first to go, while work also started on an adjacent bigger, tougher, three-storey, concrete-clad and steel-framed warehouse. Both were formerly occupied by moving company Tippet-Richardson.

Riverside Square, Streetcar Developments, Dream, RAW Design, TorontoActivity at the site of Riverside Square, image by Forum contributor skycandy

Over the course of the last few months, the smaller brick structure has been entirely cleared from the site, while demolition has stripped the larger concrete warehouse down to a bare skeleton of red-painted structural steel, with just a few original concrete panels now remaining on the exterior. 

Riverside Square, Streetcar Developments, Dream, RAW Design, TorontoDemolition of the former Tippet-Richardson storage facility, image by Forum contributor skycandy

Where the brick warehouse stood is now occupied by drilling rigs as work moves on to shoring, the first signs of which were spotted towards the end of March. Over the past several weeks, crews have been busy drilling into the perimeter of the site to construct the earth retention system that will allow for a safe excavation.

Riverside Square, Streetcar Developments, Dream, RAW Design, TorontoActivity at the site of Riverside Square, image by Forum contributor skycandy

Once demolition clears the adjacent storage facility, that portion of the site will too see the start of shoring activity.

Riverside Square, Streetcar Developments, Dream, RAW Design, TorontoActivity at the site of Riverside Square, image by Forum contributor skycandy

The project's first phases, to occupy the site pictured in this article, will feature architecture by RAW Design, with further residential and commercial phases planned down the line to feature design by RAW as well as Giannone Petricone Associates.

Riverside Square, Streetcar Developments, Dream, RAW Design, TorontoRendering of Riverside Square, image courtesy of Streetcar/Dream

For additional information and renderings for the project, visit our Riverside Square dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the field provided on this page.