Primed by a late-2015 Ontario Municipal Board approval, a block of bungalows were recently taken down to make way for the shoring phase of Lotus Condos, a 12-storey condo development from Chestnut Hill Developments and Fortress Real Developments near Bayview and Sheppard in North York. With shoring activity now practically complete, excavation is well underway for the future Kirkor Architects Planners-designed mid-rise at the intersection of Sheppard Avenue and Kenaston Gardens.

Lotus Condos, Kirkor, Chestnut Hill Developments, Fortress RDIExcavation at the site of Lotus Condos in North York, image courtesy of Fortress RDI

Recent images captured from the site reveal that the project is utilizing a pile and lagging earth retention system, in contrast to the poured concrete caisson walls found lining the pits of projects with high water tables. With much of the shoring work done, the current stage involves the digging of the project's two-level underground parking garage, which will contain 233 parking spaces and 198 bicycle parking spaces for residents of the 244 condo units above.

Lotus Condos, Kirkor, Chestnut Hill Developments, Fortress RDIExcavation at the site of Lotus Condos in North York, image courtesy of Fortress RDI

Based upon the speed at which work is unfolding at this site, ample site frontages for staging areas, and relatively forgiving soil conditions, it likely won't be much longer until a crane base is poured and work on the structure's foundation can begin.

Lotus Condos, Kirkor, Chestnut Hill Developments, Fortress RDIExcavation at the site of Lotus Condos in North York, image courtesy of Fortress RDI

The completed development will rise 138 feet above Sheppard Avenue East, putting its residents steps from Bayview Station on TTC Line 4. Residents will also have access to a selection of amenity offerings appointed by Mike Niven Interior Design, including a lobby with concierge, lounge areas, a boardroom, a fitness centre, guest suites, and a spa, as well as 227 square metres of on-site parkland and 249 square metres of ground floor retail space.

Lotus Condos, Kirkor, Chestnut Hill Developments, Fortress RDIRendering of Lotus Condos, image courtesy of Chestnut Hill Developments

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