Less than a mile southwest of Toronto's Golden Mile and new Crosstown LRT stops coming to the area, residential development is regenerating a stretch of O'Connor Drive in East York, a transformation best represented on the block formerly home to area landmark O'Connor Bowl, where the aptly named 'The Lanes' is under construction. Just next door to the east, O'Connor's metamorphosis is continuing with a residential project by Rise Developments, replacing a group of low-rise buildings formerly containing automotive service and laundromat uses.
In their place, the Guthrie Muscovitch Architects-designed Amsterdam Towns—named for Amsterdam Avenue which intersects with O'Connor just to the east—will be 52 townhomes in two four-storey blocks, with units ranging from 1,325 ft² to 1,365 ft² in area. A wood, brick, and masonry aesthetic will define the exteriors, with these natural cues to carry into the interior finishes.
Residents will enjoy private rooftop terraces, as well as shared spaces more commonly found in high-rise buildings. The shared amenities will include a party room and gym space, while a playground will serving the many families with children expected to take up residence.
Meanwhile, construction has already begun, with the bulk of the site's former buildings cleared and heavy equipment now onsite to drill for the building's shoring system, to be followed by excavation and then the forming of the foundations. An Instagram post by the developer peaks in on the progress.
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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