A new 40-storey, rental apartment tower is taking shape next to Kipling subway and GO station in Etobicoke. Main and Main's 5249 Dundas West is bringing a Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed tower to the former site of a trio of two-storey buildings. The project began preliminary site preparation work almost exactly two years ago, and the new tower is now racing skyward as exterior finishes appear.

Looking southeast to 5249 Dundas West, image by Forum contributor drum118

Excavation for the site wrapped up in mid-2018, followed by the installation of a tower crane and the start of forming for the tower’s underground levels, a task which wrapped up early in 2019. By the start of summer 2019, forming of the retail podium was well underway, wrapping up towards the end of August. In the months since, the point tower volume has begun to rise from the podium, now standing 16 storeys above Dundas West.

Looking southwest to 5249 Dundas West, image by Forum contributor drum118

Installation of exterior finishes has been ongoing since the first panels of cladding were spotted in November, now covering large sections of the building as high as level 8. The primary building envelope is a window wall system with reflective blue glazing and a mix of black and white spandrel panels framed in thin aluminum mullions.

Cladding at 5249 Dundas West, image by Forum contributor drum118

A timeline on the project website anticipates that construction will wrap up in time for February 2021. Once work is complete, the project will introduce 376 new rental apartments, as well as three levels and over 53,000 ft² of grocery-anchored retail space to the Six Points area. The "Grocery" as per the sign below, was identified as a future location of Farm Boy in a list of locations the Sobeys-owned chain is working on was made public recently. 

5249 Dundas West, image via submission to City of Toronto

Additional information and images can be found in our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like, you can get involved in the discussion in the associated Forum thread.

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Related Companies:  Diamond Schmitt Architects, EQ Building Performance Inc., First Capital, SvN, U31