It’s exciting times over at The Massey Tower site. Work is on schedule and the site is really starting to take shape. Demolition is complete and vertical drilling for shoring has begun. The shoring process ensures the stability of the site during excavation. All components for the preservation of the historical elements at the former Bank of Commerce building at 197 Yonge are complete as well. As this is a complicated site to develop the construction process involves a high level of planning and highly detailed execution. Over at the Massey Hall site the demolition of the Albert Building is now finished and shoring will begin soon. It’s great to see that the community has embraced both developments with open arms and we are honoured and excited to add to the vibrant neighbourhood. Stay tuned for more construction updates as we move into the shoring process.
VIA JACK LANDAU OF URBAN TORONTO When we last looked in on at the progress of MOD Developments’ Massey Tower, work was under way on the removal of the tile mosaic floor of the heritage bank onsite at 197 Yonge Street. In the time since, the basement of that building has been backfilled, and a portable crane has been brought in to begin the process of shoring the site in advance of excavation for the 60-storey, Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed condominium tower. The site of Massey Tower is a bit more complicated than your standard construction zone, owing to both its narrow footprint, and both the integrated and abutting heritage properties. Shoring and excavation will be carefully conducted behind and beside the historic property’s 4-storey Yonge Street bank frontage, which is to be preserved in-situ with work overseen by heritage consultants ERA Architects. The new development will mend a tear in the urban fabric, repurposing the facade of the Pearson and Darling-designed Canadian Bank of Commerce branch, which was shuttered in the 1980s and stood idle for decades. Once construction of the Massey Tower is complete, the grand entrance to the former bank branch will serve as the lobby for the [...]