Toronto's Davenport Village has experienced a dramatic demographic and architectural change over the past few years, as several thousand people are flocking into the newly built townhouses, condominiums buildings, and repurposed industrial structures turned into lofts. Once the epicentre of steel manufacturing in Toronto, the area is reinventing itself, increasingly becoming a family and young professional-friendly neighbourhood. 

Fuse Condos, seen from the southeast corner of Dupont and Lansdowne, picture by Froggy

The intersection of Dupont and Lansdowne is a striking example of this transformation, thanks to Neudorfer Corporation and Channington DevelopmentsFuse & Fuse2 Condos, steadily rising on its northwest corner. When we last checked on this development several weeks ago, Fuse 1 was just emerging from its podium and starting to have a visible impact on its surroundings. One month later, what is now the concrete shell of a soon-to-be a 27-storey high building has doubled in height and stands at 13 floors above street level.

Looking south at phase 1, now standing 13 levels above grade, picture by Froggy

Phase 2 of the development will consist of a 23-storey tower and be located on the westernmost portion of the site. As seen in the picture below, the back of the structure is reaching ground level and workers are actively building the missing portions of the floorplates that will soon connect with an already-built underground parking garage and, eventually, Dupont Street. 

Fuse 2 is partially reaching street level, picture by Froggy

Indeed, as stated in earlier stories, the first floor of the development will be dedicated to retail with Shoppers Drug Mart, a 24/7 Metro grocery store, and likely a bank filling in this space and bringing life to the north side of the street.

A portion of the roof can be seen above the western wall of the heritage structure, picture by Froggy

It will be a few more months before retail activities start, as the heritage structure is far from being fixed up, although it was recently partly sealed from the elements thanks to a brand new roof, a corner of which is visible in the photo above. The upcoming months should see more work being done on the brick structure; work that will further highlight the efforts of restoration undertaken here, especially when the new industrial-inspired windows are installed. 

Looking south towards the heritage structure, picture by Froggy

This Barrett Architect Inc.-designed development and its 576 units is scheduled for full delivery in the Fall of 2016. Until then, additional information and renderings can be found in our dataBase file for Fuse and Fuse2, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

Related Companies:  Barrett Architect Inc., Burka Architects, CSEI-Intron Engineering Inc., Milborne Group, Neudorfer Corporation, TMG Builders