The redevelopment of Toronto's fashion district continues with Menkes Developments' Fabrik Condos at 431 Richmond Street West, just west of Spadina Avenue. The fashion district and adjacent nightclub district are being rapidly redeveloped for a much more dense and residential character. Fabrik Condos is the latest project to contribute to this trendy, evolving downtown neighbourhood.
The aptly named Fabrik Condos pays tribute to the fashon district's heritage. The project's renderings reveal a modern exterior design with façade treatments similar to fabric patterns, and structural accents in bold colours. Interior design features utilize more earthy tones reminiscent of textiles such as leather and suede. Both exterior and interior designs are a joint project between Gianonne Petricone Associates Inc. and Giovanni A. Tassone Architects Inc.
The site of the project is currently occupied by two two-storey structures and a small laneway. At 17 storeys, Fabrik will be significantly taller than any of the other buildings along this part of Richmond Street (west of Spadina), but will feel more in line with its neighbours, with a step-back beginning after the 10th floor for the remaining floors.
The area still remains heavily garment-oriented. It is dotted with independent designer shops, small clothing factories and design studios and has an abundance of underutilized or vacant space. These sites have been snapped up by developers wishing to take advantage of city planning policy to intensify and diversify the downtown core, evident in other nearby residential projects such as Tableau, Studio, Picasso and QRC West. With such intense development going on, the City of Toronto is proceeding with infrastructure upgrades to the Richmond-Adelaide corridor with permanent bike lanes.
Fabrik Condos is scheduled to be complete in July 2015, with 174 units contained in its 17 storeys. Suite sizes range from 346 square feet for studios up to 1118 square feet for three bedrooms. Amenities include a party room, rooftop patio and on-site gym. Pricing starts in the mid-$200,000s and goes up to $800,990.
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