The vacant site of Honest Ed's is turning heads at Toronto's Bathurst and Bloor intersection following the iconic retailer's recent demolition. The stored monument to kitsch was just one of many buildings on the over 200,000 ft² footprint to become a multi-tower rental and retail community. Mirvish Village, retaining the name of the Markham Street shops it will incorporate, is being remade by Westbank. Selective demolition of smaller structures continues to the south and west, with many to be maintained and restored.

Mirvish Village, Westbank Corp, Henriquez Partners, TorontoFacing southeast across the former Honest Ed's footprint, image by Forum contributor ponyboy

Along Bloor just west of Markham Street and the former Honest Ed's site, a two-storey building that used to contain a karaoke bar has been demolished. The abutting three-storey structure at the corner will have its heritage facade saved, while the structure behind will come down to be replaced by a modern one. 

Mirvish Village, Westbank Corp, Henriquez Partners, TorontoDemolition at the rear of property along Bloor, image by Forum contributor ponyboy

To the south, work continues along both sides of Markham Street, where preserved Victorian residential architecture will mingle with contemporary buildings and new public spaces.

Mirvish Village, Westbank Corp, Henriquez Partners, TorontoDemolition along Markham Street, image by Forum contributor ponyboy

The scope of the demolition activity is illustrated in a construction diagram from builder EllisDon, included below. This colour-coded diagram shows in light green which buildings are being demolished, and which buildings or facades are being incorporated into the new development by heritage specialists ERA Architects. You can expand the image by clicking on it for a closer look at the legend.

Mirvish Village, Westbank Corp, Henriquez Partners, TorontoDemolition plan for Mirvish Village, image via mirvish-village.com

Following demolition, there will be months of work involved to facilitate the rise of the development's 13, 19, 24, 25, and 26-storey towers, designed by Henriquez Partners Architects of Vancouver with Toronto-based Architect of Record Diamond Schmitt. This phase of work will be followed by pre-excavation works including basement removals, backfilling, shoring and de-watering. A diagram outlining this phase indicates that caisson wall shoring system will be used, with the site's east side and northwest quadrant to be shored separately.

Mirvish Village, Westbank Corp, Henriquez Partners, TorontoShoring and excavation plan for Mirvish Village, image via mirvish-village.com

Once shoring has wrapped up, a crane raising will mark the start of forming for the site's five-level underground parking garage. At the peak of activity, five tower cranes will operate on the site simultaneously. Early-occupancy plans would see the three tallest towers continue construction as rental occupancy begins for the two shorter towers and smaller buildings to the south and west.

Mirvish Village, Westbank Corp, Henriquez Partners, TorontoAerial view of Mirvish Village facing north, image retrieved from submission to City of Toronto

Additional information and renderings of the project can be found in our Mirvish Village database file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.