Located at the meeting point of Toronto’s Cabbagetown, Garden District, and St. James Town neighbourhoods, construction is progressing on 159SW Condos from the Alterra Group of Companies. We last checked in on the 36-storey, Richmond Architects-designed tower—dubbed 159SW for its location at the southwest corner of Sherbourne and Wellesley—just over two months ago, and in the time since, the project has passed an important construction milestone.

Looking southwest to 159SW Condos, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

At the time of our last update in mid-September, the third level was being formed. Since then, the fourth and final podium level has been poured, and work has since moved on to the forming of the first tower floor above. Now the second tower floor stands above the podium as crews form the building's sixth floor.

Looking southeast to 159SW Condos, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

Much of the work since the mid-2017 start of construction has involved shoring, excavation of the site, forming of the four-level underground garage, and most recently the podium. With these tasks complete, the speed of the building's rise into the local skyline will ramp up noticeably due to the smaller tower floorplates and the relative ease of forming repeating floor layouts.

Looking east to 159SW Condos, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

Most recently, the project team applied for an extension of the lane closure being used as a construction staging area through January, 2021.

Upon completion, the tower will stand 119 metres tall, and will add 360 new condominium units to the neighbourhood, along with new ground-floor retail space with frontages facing both Sherbourne and Wellesley streets.

159SW, image courtesy of Alterra Group

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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