A wave of mid-rise development is reshaping Toronto's Dupont Street, soon to bring new residential and retail to a stretch formerly dominated by rail-side light industrial buildings. Located on the south side of the CP Rail corridor through central Toronto mid-way between Christie and Shaw streets, RioCan REIT and Woodbourne Canada's Litho is one of the many projects under construction on this stretch, to bring a nine-storey, Turner Fleischer Architects-designed project to 740 Dupont.

Looking northwest to Litho, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

The purpose-built rental residential building has been under construction since early 2018, when demolition began to clear away a car dealership that previously occupied the site. Shoring began in the weeks that followed, paving the way for the start of excavation in late spring 2018. Excavation had bottomed out and a crane was installed by October, 2018, allowing forming to begin for the underground levels.

Litho rising above Dupont, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

It's been a busy nine-and-a-half months since we last checked in on construction, when crews were simultaneously forming remaining sections of the two-level underground garage while also getting started on the first signs of the building's ground floor. The remaining sections of underground garage have taken shape in the time since, and after forming the large ground level—set to house a Farm Boy grocery store—the building's residential floors have begun to be formed above.

Looking northeast to Litho, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

In addition to residential units, the freshly-formed second floor will eventually house 452 m² / 4,873 ft² indoor amenity space and a 457 m² outdoor amenity space for building residents. The third floor now being formed is the first dedicated entirely to residential units.

Litho rising above Dupont, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

Litho, named in reference to a lithography shop that long operated on the site prior to the more recent car dealership, will bring 210 purpose-built rental suites to the area, anchored to Dupont via the grocery store.

Litho, image via submission to City of Toronto

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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Related Companies:  Isotherm Engineering Ltd., RioCan REIT, SKYGRiD, The Mitchell Partnership Inc., Turner Fleischer Architects, VDF Vertical