We have been closely following the construction of Chestnut Hill Developments and Fortress Real DevelopmentsLotus Condos, a 12-storey Kirkor Architects Planners-designed condominium development at Sheppard Avenue East at Kenaston Gardens in Toronto's Bayview Village neighbourhood. Our first construction update on the North York mid-rise came in mid-August, when shoring and excavation activity were priming the site. By late-September, excavation of the site's north end had been completed and a crane recently installed, allowing forming to begin on the project's two-level underground parking garage.

Lotus Condos, Chestnut Hill, Fortress RDI, Kirkor, TorontoNorth view across the Lotus Condos site, image by Jack Landau

Forming started earlier this month at the north end of the site closest to Sheppard Avenue East. The image below also reveals the presence of a black waterproof membrane being applied to the timber lagging earth retention system, sealing off the worksite from exposure to groundwater.

Lotus Condos, Chestnut Hill, Fortress RDI, Kirkor, TorontoP2 level taking shape at Lotus Condos, image by Jack Landau

An earthen ramp is still in place at the south end of the site, allowing machinery and personnel access to the base of the pit. With a tower crane now capable of hoisting material and equipment in and out of the pit, removal of the ramp will be among the next steps at the Lotus site. Once the ramp area has been excavated, forming of below-grade levels can begin at the site's south end.

Lotus Condos, Chestnut Hill, Fortress RDI, Kirkor, TorontoRamp at the north end of the Lotus Condos site, image by Jack Landau

Once the project is complete, it will add both density and vibrance to this evolving stretch of Sheppard Avenue East in North York. The addition of 244 condominium units will bring increased street activity to the Bayview Village area, while an injection of ground floor retail will create opportunities for pedestrian interaction with the mid-rise's street realm.

Lotus Condos, Chestnut Hill, Fortress RDI, Kirkor, TorontoLotus Condominiums, image courtesy of Chestnut Hill Developments

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