A cleared and backfilled site in Toronto's Fashion District sits idle, awaiting the imminent start of construction for a new condominium development by Minto Communities. At the northeast corner of Adelaide and Portland, 123 Portland Street will soon add a 16-storey, Sweeny &Co Architects-designed building to the urban fabric, replacing a trio of recently-cleared low-rise buildings with new residential density.

Looking northeast to site of 123 Portland, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

The site was a hive of activity when we last checked in, in February, at which time crews were clearing the three previous buildings from the site. By that time, a single-storey former Para Paints location at the northeast corner of Adelaide and Portland had already been reduced to rubble, and was having its basement level demolished. To the north, demolition was just getting going for a pair of two-storey townhomes along the site's Portland Street frontage.

Looking north to site of 123 Portland, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

All traces of these buildings have since vanished, and views captured in mid-April show that all basement areas have been backfilled with gravel, bringing the site to an even grade in preparation for the upcoming arrival of heavy machinery to begin construction activity.

Looking northwest to site of 123 Portland, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Construction permits are currently under review, including a shoring and foundation permit, filed for late in April, and currently under review. Once the shoring permit has been issued, drilling rigs will be able to begin work on the site’s earth retention system, paving the way for excavation to make way for the building’s foundations and parking levels.

Once construction wraps up, 123 Portland will introduce 117 new condominium units to the Fashion District.

123 Portland, image courtesy of Minto Communities

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Related Companies:  Minto Communities GTA, NAK Design Strategies, Sweeny &Co Architects Inc., The Planning Partnership, U31