Toronto's Old Town neighbourhood is transforming, welcoming thousands of new residents across its several blocks to the east of the St Lawrence Market over the coming years. One of the projects where that is happening is The Whitfield at Sherbourne and Front streets. The Menkes Developments project, now transitioning from early construction stages as it emerges from the ground, will weave some of the area's history in with its more modern fabric.

Looking northeast to The Whitfield, designed by Giannone Petricone Associates for Menkes Developments

Our previous update in May witnessed the installation of The Whitfield's tower crane. Since then, an image from early June gives us a glimpse into the foundation work that was underway, the crane tower overlooking the site, while the extended arm of a concrete pump delivers fresh concrete wherever needed.

An aerial view of the excavation, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor evandyk

Fast-forward to an August revisit to the same perspective, and one can observe the leaps made in below-grade work, while amidst the bustle of construction, steel scaffolds stand firm, supporting retained heritage facades in the southeast (upper left) and northwest (lower right) corners that will become part of The Whitfield's podium.

An aerial view of progress of sub-grade work by August, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor evandyk

September brings a fresh viewpoint looking northeast towards the project, while placing it in its local context, most prominently, the crane-topped EQ Tower flaunting its new glass cladding, with the 23-storey office tower having reached the mechanical penthouse. To the extreme right, we see a sliver of Time and Space Condos, its 29 storeys soon to be home to many. Amidst these buildings, The Whitfield is set to rise the highest at 39-storeys. Zooming in though, the view also captures the parts of the project reaching grade level, and other parts now rising above grade. In the northeast corner, rebar and conduits are being placed over dark panels that sit atop formwork, where soon a new floor slab will be poured.


An aerial view looking northeast of the site and surrounding area, image courtesy of Menkes

The Whitfield is on its way to adding 484 residential units to the neighbourhood. Standing at 130m, this Giannone Petricone Associates-designed, mixed-use condominium building with vestiges of the past in its podium walls, symbolizes the city’s future in the heart of Old Town.

UrbanToronto will continue to follow progress on this development, but in the meantime, you can learn more about it from our Database file, linked below. If you'd like, 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:  Greenloc Environmental Hoarding, Cornerstone Marketing Realty, EQ Building Performance Inc., Giannone Petricone Associates, Goldberg Group, Janet Rosenberg & Studio, LEA Consulting, Live Patrol Inc., Menkes Developments, Qoo Studio