At the southeast corner of King and Sherbourne Streets, King Plus Development's eponymous condominium is now rising. Designed by TACT Architecture with heritage work overseen by ERA Architects, the 17-storey King + Condos has been in the works for a while, with the complications of working in a tight site with a heritage facade that's being preserved in situ, as well as its location at a busy intersection presenting challenges.
Work is now proceeding on the ground floor of the development's three-storey podium, which will be set behind the heritage facade of the former National Hotel, currently supported by yellow-painted steel bracing. In the image below, the building's ground floor concrete columns are visible, while a wall form is being hoisted into position via tower crane.
The completed development will add 132 condominium units to a once rough-around-the-edges area of the city which has experienced extensive gentrification and enlivened streets in recent years. Toronto's original area of settlement, the 'Old Town of York' area and is set to see continued intensification thanks to numerous under-construction and proposed developments within its blocks.
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