The early stages of construction are moving along at the site of 293 The Kingsway, a mid-rise condominium community from the Benvenuto Group, set to rise steps from Humbertown Plaza near Royal York and Dundas in the Toronto borough of Etobicoke. We last checked in on the site of the new Quadrangle-designed development in February, when demolition was clearing away a group of mid-20th century mid-rise apartment buildings to make way for construction.

Looking northeast from The Kingsway, image by Marc Mitanis

The site forms an irregular U-shape around the cul-de-sac of St. Stevens Court, with a truck route map fixed to the site's perimeter fencing offering a better look at how the plan is laid out. The street jutting into the site creates the illusion of two separate projects across the street from one another, instead just opposite ends of the U-shape. Like the cohesive blocks of mid-century apartments that existed before, the new buildings lining St. Stevens Court will all feature a shared design style.

Site plan for 293 The Kingsway, image by Marc Mitanis

The issuing of Notice of Approval Conditions in November, 2019 followed by demolition and conditional shoring permits in early December, 2019 allowed work to begin, starting with the teardown of the previous 3.5-storey buildings, a task which continued into the early months of 2020. Demolition had concluded by the start of March, paving the way for the first drilling rigs arriving on the site to begin work on the project's shoring phase. Months later, construction continues on the shoring system, with multiple drilling rigs active across the site.

Looking south from St Stevens Ct, image by Marc Mitanis

With shoring work in full swing, forming underground retaining walls that will support the surrounding soil during the upcoming excavation phase, the first steps in digging down for the complex's foundations and parking levels will begin in the coming weeks. The site will be excavated three levels deep, creating space for an underground garage containing 554 spaces, 449 for residents and 105 for visitors.

Looking northeast from St Stevens Ct, image by Marc Mitanis

Residents of the initial phase will have access to a collection of amenity spaces appointed by Patton Design Studio, set to include a 3,420 ft² fitness studio, a games room, a pet spa, a dining room and party room. A 7th-floor outdoor rooftop terrace overlooking the surrounding community will feature landscaping by Terraplan/Studio TLA.

293 The Kingsway, image courtesy of The Benvenuto Group

You can learn more from our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like to, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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Related Companies:  BVGlazing Systems, McIntosh Perry, Patton Design Studio, Quadrangle, Ryan Design International, Studio TLA