With the flurry of construction activity underway in the West Don Lands and surrounding area, the signs of change are becoming apparent. As pits are excavated and cranes are raised inside the future Pan-Am Athlete's Village, surrounding brownfields and empty lots are being transformed by private development. One such property is Urban Capital's River City Condos — the first of many residential developments to rise in the formerly abandoned West Don Lands. At King and River Street, the development will sit at the northeast edge of the fledgling community adjacent to the newly built Underpass and Don River Parks.
The Saucier + Perrotte-designed project is being constructed in four phases. Phase 1's taller tower has topped out at 16 storeys while the shorter seven-storey building is nearing completion. Phase 2 is starting construction shortly. Phases 3 and 4 will follow in the future.
The Eastern Avenue overpasses divide the site in half with phases 1 and 2 being built north of them and phases 3 and 4 to the south. This unorthodox arrangement will undoubtedly be remedied by the fact that the underside of the overpass has recently been transformed into a park.
In addition to the draw of adjacent park space, the developers are aiming for LEED Gold carbon-neutral status — which is sure to attract environmentally-conscious home buyers.
In addition to the images shown above, forum member "TOCondoGarden" recently snapped these great photos of River City: