A new condominium is under construction on the Yonge Street Corridor. At 21 Grenville Street will rise a 50-storey tower, just shy of College Street. Karma Condos will sit right in the heart of the downtown core, just steps away from College Station, walking distance to Queen's Park Station, and even closer from the various shopping and dining along Yonge Street. Developed by Lifetime Developments and CentreCourt Developments, Karma will feature 495 units that range from a 490 square foot one-bedroom unit, to an 819 square foot three-bedroom unit. Amenties for residents include a fitness centre and steam room on the second floor, and a rooftop terrace on the third floor.

Construction of Karma, lookin southeast, image by drum118

Construction of Karma, looking east, image by drum118

Thanks to UrbanToronto member drum118, we have many recent photos of the construction site, where initial work has focused on the future of the integrated heritage building. One of Karma's highlights is the incorporation of the John Irwin House, a city-designated heritage building built in 1873 for John Irwin, a local contractor who developed properies along Grenville Street. The house was added as to the inventory of Toronto heritage sites in 2007 due to the building being one of the "last surviving examples of a house form building" in the area.

Just this March, the three-storey brick structure was relocated from the northwest corner of the site to the northeast corner at Grenville Street and St. Luke Lane. Plans for the building is to house retail, although no specific retailer has been announced yet. According to Rob Cadeau, associate at architectsAlliance, Karma's design team pushed the podium design to better relate in scale and proportion to the heritage building so the John Irwin House would be showcased.

Construction of Karma, looking north, image by drum118

Construction of Karma, looking south, image by drum118

The John Irwin house will nestle into the tall glass podium which forms Karma's base. 

Karma, image by Lifetime + CentreCourt

Click below for renderings and more information about Karma in our dataBase entry. To keep updated on construction, head to the associated Project & Constructions Forum thread below. You can contribute to the conversation there, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, Baker Real Estate Inc., Brandon Communications, Cecconi Simone, CentreCourt, Lifetime Developments, Skygrid Construction, Strybos Barron King