As autumn leaves begin to fall, the construction site at Collecdev's Cielo Condos continues to buzz with activity. Located at 300 Bloor Street West, the project designed by KPMB Architects is making notable progress in the heart of Toronto’s sought after Annex neighbourhood. The site, which once housed a Presbyterian congregation in the late 19th century, echoes the stories of a growing city. It is home to the Bloor Street United Church along with the Pidgeon House, dating back to 1888, at the northeast corner of the site.

Looking north to Cielo Condos, designed by KPMB Architects for Collecdev

Since our last update in September, shoring for residential parking has been completed, with bulk excavation south of the TTC tunnels on schedule to start this month. A series of I-beams protrude vertically from the ground, aligned along the south side of the subway tunnel, evidence of the shoring rig's progress. Adjacent to the right, the structural steel frame that holds up the exterior walls of the Bloor Street United Church walls can be seen. The walls are safeguarded throughout construction by protective materials, shielding the integral parts of the structure from adverse weather conditions.

A shoring rig in operation near the heritage wall, image courtesy of Collecdev

Looking southward, an array of elongated circular rebar cages awaits use as reinforcement within concrete columns.

Looking south to columned rebar cages laid out on the site, image courtesy of Collecdev


Below, with a shaft excavated for it, a construction worker guides one of the rebar cages into the lining for a concrete caisson. At this point, the shoring phase for the residential parking has reached completion, with a total of 234 caissons installed around the perimeter of the residential parking levels to ensure structural integrity.

Construction crew installed the wire-braced rebar cage atop a caisson, image courtesy of Collecdev

Looking up, the full length of a welded rebar cage comes into focus, a mobile crane assisting the installation, with its jib extended to maneuver the cage into position. Looking ahead, the next phase of the project involves the completion of a temporary staging slab at the ground floor level. This slab, poised to rest on temporary structural caissons, is slated for completion in November 2023.

The rebar cage being maneuvered into position by a mobile crane, image courtesy of Collecdev

Not seen to the north, the excavation process within the basement of the heritage Pidgeon House resumed in mid-September. While supporting the house above, the excavation will facilitate an increase of the basement ceiling height by approximately 1.4m.

In addition to being within walking distance of both Spadina and St George subway stations on Bloor Line 2 and University Line 1, Cielo Condos is steps away from shops and restaurants, designer boutiques, and the U of T's St George campus. Upon completion, Cielo Condos will provide 284 residential units across 29 floors, reaching a height of 99.00m.

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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