On the quickly densifying east side of Downtown Toronto, Madison Group's Alias condo development is rapidly taking shape, the site at 120 Church Street having buzzed with the sights and sounds of construction since its ceremonial ground breaking in September, 2022. Just a five-minute walk from Queen station on the Yonge Line 1, Madison is bringing new places to live in this highly walkable area.

Alias' podium, designed by Teeple Architects and Turner Fleischer Architects for Madison Group

Taking a quick look back over the last half year, a northward glimpse of the construction site in August, 2023 shows the project approaching street level, a notable milestone reached about ten months after ground breaking. Formwork for the concrete columns and walls, along with gridded meshes of rebar feature within the site, with the tower crane’s jib caught in action hoisting some of the rebar.

Looking north to the worksite with tower crane hoisting rebar, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor ML555

By November, the project ascended to two storeys above grade, the northeast-facing view showcasing some formwork in place for the third storey as well, while a couple of third floor concrete columns already stand, rebar protruding where the columns will eventually extend another floor higher. Meanwhile, a red concrete pump boom extends its arm to where the flow of concrete is needed to form the latest floor.

Looking northeast to a concrete boom pump extending from a cement truck, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor GTAConstruction

At the start of this year, a northward view captured the podium levels. Thick transfer beams above the west side of the second storey haves been formed, their bulk ready to support the walls of floors above. While shoring poles and some wooden formwork remains in place, the formation of the upper podium floors is underway, with rebar awaiting to connect the walls and columns to the next levels. 

Looking north to progress on the transfer slab above the second storey, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor ML555

A southwest-facing perspective across Church and Richmond streets showcases the north elevation. The construction of the first two storeys of the podium is evident, with shoring poles visible behind the hoarding, while the second storey is partially concealed behind a protective tarp. To the left, the popular McVeigh's Irish Pub will stand in contrast to the modern tower.

Looking southwest across Church and Richmond streets, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Northern Light


Looking southwest across Church Street south of McVeigh's, the east elevation of Alias showcases the ongoing construction of the third storey. The formwork is in place, visible towards the south. There is a gap between the construction site and McVeigh's Irish Pub, with protective hoarding and barriers in place to ensure the integrity of the structure. 

The east elevation along Church Street, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor ML555

This month, the first two storeys have been formed, each higher than average, and setting the stage for the retail spaces that will activate the street level. The curved southeast corner of the podium, a defining architectural feature, is now evident, while work progresses above, the podium structure reaching the third of its four storeys.

Looking northwest to the podium as of February 2024, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Red Mars


As work progresses from the podium to the tower, Alias, designed by Teeple Architects and Turner Fleischer Architects, will rise to a final height of 158.69m and house 585 residential units.

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:  Astro Excavating Inc., Bousfields, Jablonsky, Ast and Partners, Madison Group, Turner Fleischer Architects