The densification of Toronto's Liberty Village neighbourhood continues as another tower is now rising towards grade level on East Liberty Street. Eventually to rise to 28 storeys and a height of 100 metres, the Wallman Architects-designed Liberty Market Tower from Lifetime Developments will bring a mix of office, retail, and condominium uses on a site adjacent to the restored Liberty Market Building.

Pair of cranes standing over Liberty Market Tower site, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

We last checked in on progress at the site in April when crews were in the process of excavating down to a 13.85-metre depth to make space for the tower’s foundations and the 3.5-level, 298-space underground garage that will serve the mix of uses above. In the six months since, excavation has bottomed out, two tower cranes have been erected, and much progress has been made below grade.

Facing east across Liberty Market Tower site, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

A view from the east end of the wedge-shaped site facing west offers a cross-section of the progress so far, with the greatest amount of work completed in the background at the west end of the site, while some last bits of rubble rock still await removal from the pointy end of the wedge in the lower right foreground.

Facing west across Liberty Market Tower site, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

The footprint of the new building required demolition of the easternmost end of the Liberty Market Building—a heritage warehouse since converted to office and retail uses. In its place, the new project's podium has been designed as a modern interpretation on the classic warehouse vernacular, with a mix of ground floor retail and office space to blend with the existing building.

Liberty Market Tower, image via submission to City of Toronto

The building will continue to rise through 2020, and will open in 2021. Additional information and images can be found in our Database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment below.

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