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Hoarding is mostly up. The strip mall is completely demolished.












This is the back end of the next door plaza which is very similar to the now demolished one. Right across the street from this is an elementary school and a bunch of houses that have to face this ugly wall every day. This thing needs to die.



 

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Haven on the Bluffs is the kind of pioneering redevelopment that this neighbourhood has needed for a while, and which should spur further redevelopment of the type you're calling for above.

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I drove by on the weekend. They're still digging as per @salsa image. The road was blocked by some trucks, there were a lot of workers present. But there's no giant hole in the ground yet.
 

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Definitely full tilt boogie on digging here now. Drove by yesterday and they had at least two diggers (IIRC there were 3) and a bunch of dump trucks. I also drove by late last week at 5:15, and the guys were still digging. You can also see the shoring on the south end of the site below grade. I'd guesstimate their ~15 feet down now - lots still to go. You can also see where the side road will be created on the east end of the site. For some reason they've also taken down all the plywood hoarding that faced Kinsgston Rd, I'm assuming so they can complete the shoring work.

I'll try to get photos this weekend.
 

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I would guess the next major milestone would be setting up the crane - and I'd guess its another 2 months until you see that. In total, I'd say it's about 6 months before this comes above ground again with all the parking levels below poured. That's assuming it has 3 levels of underground parking, but I'm not sure about that. ** BUT, they're also building on 20+ stories of sand and clay, so not sure how long the foundations (maybe pilings?) will actually take here.
 

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I was surprised that when Daniels HighPark was going in, that it was all sand below: those High Park hills, it turns out, are mounded-up sand with a thin layer of top soil on the surface. Most places in Toronto, the rock is much closer to the surface, and so we see in 98% of the excavations in this city that the building nestles into the shale substrate. I'm not too surprised though that the top of the Bluffs might be like the High Park area.

In the case of DHP, when I expressed my surprise about building in sand, we were told that it's actually quite a good medium to put a building up in, that excavations go more quickly, and that foundations are actually held quite well. This type of sand (as opposed to what gets smoothed by wave action on beaches) is quite coarse and locks together well, and there's next to no shifting when a building is set into it. If you look back through the DHP front page stories, you'll find that one is about the sand situation there.

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I was surprised that when Daniels HighPark was going in, that it was all sand below: those High Park hills, it turns out, are mounded-up sand with a thin layer of top soil on the surface. Most places in Toronto, the rock is much closer to the surface, and so we see in 98% of the excavations in this city that the building nestles into the shale substrate. I'm not too surprised though that the top of the Bluffs might be like the High Park area.

In the case of DHP, when I expressed my surprise about building in sand, we were told that it's actually quite a good medium to put a building up in, that excavations go more quickly, and that foundations are actually held quite well. This type of sand (as opposed to what gets smoothed by wave action on beaches) is quite coarse and locks together well, and there's next to no shifting when a building is set into it. If you look back through the DHP front page stories, you'll find that one is about the sand situation there.

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That's actually pretty interesting. I'm guessing the dozen or so condos being built between Main St and here along Kingston road will all be the same type of construction.
 

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