Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

The West Towns are taking shape as significant progress has been made this month with the townhouses’ framing work. The exterior walls and interior spaces are becoming clearly visible. Work began earlier this month at the north end of the site and has now reached the halfway mark. Second-storey framing is well underway at the north end, with first-storey work in progress midblock. Framing work on the southern half of the site will begin in December and continue through the month, weather permitting.

Municipal servicing work is expected to commence in the coming months. As soon as the schedule for this municipal servicing work is finalized, both a printed and digital notice will be circulated to the community prior to work commencing.

 

 

Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

Over the past month, work on the Auto Building’s adaptive reuse has continued to make significant progress. The roof is now fully sealed. Restoration work on the north face of the mechanical penthouse is complete, while work on the south face is progressing well.

Drywall installation continues on the lower five floors that will be the new home of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.

A set of new windows has been installed on the west face of the Auto Building, which match the window treatments already installed throughout the building.

Installation work for the exterior museum-standard freight elevator, along the northwest corner of the building will continue through December, weather permitting. This elevator will serve the first three floors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto in the Auto Building. The climate controlled exterior freight elevator will permit exhibits to be easily loaded into the building.

Also of note, the mural by Jarus, located on the west face of the exterior of the Auto Building, has been restored by the artist. Please note that the wooden structure pictured here is temporary and will be removed prior to the Museum’s opening.

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

All concrete work on the West Towns is now complete. The next phase of work is now underway: framing the upper levels of the townhouses. This work has begun at the north end of the site and will continue within the rest of the block. All the on-site servicing including water and sanitary piping is complete and ready to be connected to municipal services.

Municipal servicing work is expected to commence in the coming months. As soon as the schedule for this municipal servicing work is finalized, both a printed and digital notice will be circulated to the community prior to work commencing.

 

 

Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

The Auto Building’s restoration is making strides, with sealing on the 10th-floor roof being substantially complete. Work is ongoing to connect the generator and air-handling units to the building’s systems. Work on the mechanical penthouse will continue through November.

The installation of air ducts, wall studs and insulation continues throughout the building. Drywall installation continues on the lower five floors that will be the new home of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.

New windows have been cut for the west face of the Auto Building. The new windows will look identical to the window treatments already installed throughout the building.

Installation work for the exterior museum-standard freight elevator along the northwest corner of the building will be ongoing through the month. This museum standard external freight elevator will serve three floors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.

On the main floor, a concrete entrance ramp to permit accessible access to the entire Auto Building has been installed.

Frequently Asked Questions Re: Museum Flats Cancellation

 

1. Why is the Museum Flats project being cancelled?

We are not able to obtain construction financing for the Museum Flats. Banks require a minimum of the following to proceed with a financing:

• A budget verified by a third-party cost consultant that shows an industry standard and viable profit margin;

• All development approvals obtained and building permits available;

• Adequate guarantees.

We do not have a viable budget acceptable to Lenders and despite our best efforts, we have not secured all of the development approvals or available permits.

2.What were the approvals/permits that were not acquired?

The site-specific Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw were finalized at the Ontario Municipal Board (‘OMB’) on May 27th, 2014 through a settlement process. The final order on the planning instruments was released by the OMB on August 11th, 2015 when the Section 37 Agreement was finalized and executed.

Although the zoning is in place, we have been unable to obtain the following approvals processes despite our best efforts:

• Draft Plan of Subdivision;

• Site Plan Approval;

• Minor Variances;

• Building Permits.

Without the Draft Plan Approval, none of these necessary approvals are obtainable. We have been actively seeking approval of the Draft Plan of Subdivision application for a number of years.

3. Why was the project cancelled and instead of just delayed? Why is the project cancelled now when there is another year to notify purchasers?

We know today that the budget will not allow the Museum Flats project to proceed. As time progresses, the cost numbers only get worse and our revenue is fixed. As soon as we knew the prospect of proceeding was no longer possible, given the circumstances, we let the Purchasers know.

4. I'm a purchaser. How am I just hearing about this? How do I get my money back?

Each Purchaser should have received a letter dated October 25, 2017 and the return of your deposit by registered mail. If you have not received letter and your deposit, we may have incorrect information on file and ask that you contact us and reconfirm your address at info@lowerjct.com

5. What cost increases have caused the Project Budget to no longer be viable?

The delay in planning approvals has caused the hard costs from the point of sale to date to increase by 13%. Recently, the industry has been experiencing the most significant cost increases in a decade. Projected Budget Soft Costs for the Museum Flats (all consultant costs and development fees and charges) will have almost doubled. Hard Costs are expected to increase by 8% over the next year.

Our soft costs will also continue to increase over the next year until all the development approvals and permits are obtained.

6. Will the Museum Flats project be relaunched? If so, when?

The Museum Flats in its current form and design cannot be relaunched. We will go back to the drawing board and determine the best possible way to get the entire Lower Junction project moving forward. We cannot proceed to market with this phase or any other residential phase without building permits being available.

7. What incentives, if any, will the Museum Flats purchasers be given for future residential development within the Lower Junction neighbourhood?

We have had numerous conversations with disappointed Purchasers and we have stated that all Museum Flats Purchasers will be given a ‘first opportunity’ before any other party. This will come with a discount to be determined at the time. To be clear, we will not be relaunching Museum Flats, but whatever residential phase is put forward in the future within the Lower Junction project, this ‘first opportunity’ and discount will apply.

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

We are pleased to announce that another milestone has been reached at the West Towns site with the construction of the lower levels of the townhouses now being substantially complete. The next phase of work on the upper levels of the townhouses is scheduled for November.

In addition, municipal servicing work is expected to commence in the coming months. As soon as the schedule for this municipal servicing work is finalized, both a printed and digital notice will be circulated to the community prior to work commencing.

 

Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

The Auto Building’s interior restoration continues to make significant progress with the building’s generator and air-handling units now installed on the 10th floor roof.

The installation of wall studs and insulation continues throughout the building. Drywall is being installed on the lower five floors that will be occupied by the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.

New windows have been cut for the west face of the Auto Building. The new windows will look identical to the window treatments already installed throughout the building.

The excavation for the exterior museum-standard freight elevator along the northwest corner of the building has begun. Installation work will continue throughout the month of November. This external freight elevator will serve three floors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.

Work on the mechanical penthouse will continue through November. The restoration and sealing of the upper section of the building is nearing completion. 

 

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

There has been significant progress at the West Towns site. Construction of the lower levels of the townhouses has filled approximately three-quarters of the site. Forming work for the final section of the lower levels is now occurring on the south end of the site. Once this is completed, work will commence on the upper levels of the townhouses.

Municipal servicing work is expected to commence in the coming months. As soon as the schedule for this work is finalized, both a printed and digital notice will be circulated to the community prior to work commencing.

As work progresses, care is continually being taken to ensure there are no significant traffic impacts in the neighbourhood. 

 

Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

The Auto Building’s interior restoration continues to make significant progress.

Concrete polishing on the upper floors of the building has been completed except for the 10th floor. The installation of wall studs and insulation continues throughout the building. Drywall has begun being installed on the lower five floors that will be occupied by the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.

New windows are being cut for the west face of the Auto Building, which reflect the industrial heritage character of the building.

Initial work to install the exterior museum standard freight elevator along the northwest corner of the building is expected to be underway in the second half of October. This elevator will serve three floors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.

Work on the mechanical penthouse will continue through the balance of October, which includes restoration and sealing of the upper section of the building.  

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

Construction of the townhouses is progressing well at the West Towns site. At the north end of the site, crews continue to work on the lower levels of the townhouses. Forming work is moving from the north to the south, and is now more than half complete.

Municipal servicing work is expected to commence later in the fall. A printed notice will be circulated to the community prior to work commencing and the information will also be posted at: http://www.lowerjct.com/updates.

As work progresses, care is continually being taken to ensure there are no significant traffic impacts in the neighbourhood.  

 

Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

The Auto Building’s interior restoration made significant progress in September. The installation of wall studs continues throughout the building, including the floors that will be used by the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.

Drywall is being delivered to the site and will begin to be installed on the lower levels. Air handling units, as well as hot water units, have been installed on several floors and remaining floors will have these units installed this month. Installation of ceiling lighting fixtures and the concrete sealing and polishing of the floors continues throughout the Auto Building.

On the north exterior of the Auto Building, the storm water management tank has been completed. Preparation for the installation of the exterior freight elevator along the northwest corner of the building, which will serve three floors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, continues.

The new topping (roof) on the south side of the top floor has been completed. Work on the mechanical penthouse will continue through the balance of October. 

Work on the basement level is progressing well.

Looking ahead, we expect work to commence later this autumn on the proposed main floor glass additions, which will mimic the saw tooth lines currently seen on the west face of the heritage building. One of the glass additions will connect to an enclosed café area that the Museum will operate and the other will provide access to the lobby area that will serve the entire building. Both glass additions will front onto a new proposed publicly accessible plaza area. 

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

Construction of the townhouses is progressing steadily at the West Towns site. At the north end of the site, crews continue to work on the lower levels of the townhomes. Forming work continues - moving north to south on the site.

Municipal servicing work is expected to commence within the next two months. A printed notice will be circulated to the community prior to work commencing.

As work progresses, care is continually being taken to ensure there are no significant traffic impacts in the neighbourhood.


Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

The Auto Building’s interior restoration work made significant progress in August. Electrical work and piping for plumbing services and sprinkler systems are being installed throughout the building. Piping for washrooms is largely completed. Air handling units, hot water units and associated piping has been installed on several floors and the rest of the floors will have these units installed within a few weeks. Installation of ceiling lighting fixtures and the concrete sealing and polishing of the floors is taking place throughout the heritage building.

The roofing for the skylights (north lights) that will cover the northern section of the 10th floor has been installed. Glass installation and further work on the mechanical penthouse is set to get underway in early September.

On the north exterior of the Auto Building, the storm water management tank has been completed. Preparation work is set to begin this month for the installation of the exterior freight elevator along the north elevation, which will serve three floors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.

Cut outs on the west face of the building on the main floor have been completed. The cut outs will support two new glass additions, which will mimic the saw tooth lines currently seen on the west face of the building. One of the glass additions will connect to the enclosed café area that the Museum will operate and the other will provide access to the lobby area that will serve the entire building. The glass additions will be adjacent to the new outdoor publicly accessible plaza area immediately west of the Auto Building.

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

Work is progressing at a fast pace at the West Towns site. At the north end of the site, crews have been pouring concrete for the lower levels of the town homes. On the south end of the site, concrete footings are completed. Forming work will be completed, progressing from north to south.

Municipal servicing work is expected to commence within the next two months. A notice will be circulated to the community prior to work commencing and the information will be posted at
http://www.lowerjct.com/updates.

As work progresses, care is being taken to ensure there are no significant traffic impacts in the neighbourhood.

 

Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

The Auto Building’s interior restoration work has made great strides this month. The installation of studs and drywall continues throughout the building, including the floors that will be used by the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.

Electrical work and piping for plumbing services and sprinkler systems being installed throughout the building. Ceiling lighting fixtures are being installed and concrete sealing and polishing continues on multiple floors.

On the north exterior of the Auto Building, concrete forming is underway for the storm water management tank and sanitary sewer connections. This work will continue through the balance of the month.

Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc. is pleased to provide regular updates on construction activity and Lower Junction project developments, we encourage you to check back regularly at: www.lowerjct.com/updates.

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

Work is progressing steadily at the West Towns site. Crews have been pouring the concrete footings for the town home foundations. Once the footings are complete the next phase of foundation work will begin. In August, we expect that municipal servicing will begin to be connected to the site. More information will be provided once details and schedules are confirmed. As work progresses, care is being taken to ensure there are no significant traffic impacts.  

 


Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

The Auto Building’s restoration work continues to progress. This month has seen the completion of the main elevator slab on the basement level, as the installation of lighting systems and ductwork continues. Studs for the interior drywall that will form studios and offices to the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto are being installed on the 4th and 5th floors. Studs are also installed on the perimeter walls on the 4th, 5th and 7th floors. Steel beams for the 10th floor roof and north lights have been installed.   Sealing has been completed for the columns and the concrete floors have been sealed and polished on the 4th, 5th and 7th floors. Sealing and polishing work is set to begin on the 3rd and 6th floors. On the north exterior of the Auto Building, excavation and preparation work is underway to install a storm water management tank and sanitary sewer connections. This work will continue through the balance of the summer.

Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc. is pleased to provide regular updates on construction activity and Lower Junction project developments, we encourage you to check back regularly at: www.lowerjct.com/updates.

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

The next phase of work at the West Towns site is set to begin on July 4th.

Forming and concrete pouring is anticipated to get underway in July. This work will begin at the north end of the site and steadily move south. Care is being taken to ensure there are no significant traffic impacts.

 

 

Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

Significant progress has been made on the Auto Building’s restoration work since mid-June. The installation of lighting systems and ductwork is underway. Studs for the interior drywall are being installed. Work on the 10th-floor roof is progressing.

The iconic columns are being sealed and the concrete floors polished. The new basement flooring is being poured and finishing work will continue on the lower level through the next two weeks. Preparations are underway to begin the work that will connect the building to sewer and water systems. We look forward to providing a mid-month update on the ongoing progress at the Auto Building.

Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc. is pleased to provide regular updates on construction activity and Lower Junction project developments, we encourage you to check back regularly at: www.lowerjct.com/updates.

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

Work continues to progress at the West Towns site this month. Excavation and soil removal work are now complete across the site. The site has been prepared for work the next phase of work to begin. This will include concrete forming and pouring. Upcoming work on the site will also include the introduction of water and electrical services to the site.

Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

Restoration work continues at the historic Auto Building, with electrical, sprinkler and plumbing systems reaching all floors of the building. Almost all the new windows have been installed with the remainder to be fitted into place by early July. 

Work continues in the basement level as electrical, heating and cooling systems (HVAC) and plumbing system components are being put in place. The installation HVAC equipment continues throughout out the building and this work will continue over into July. 

 

 

Notes: 

Construction hours are in accordance with the City of Toronto Construction Noise by-law [Toronto Municipal Code Noise § 591-2.1] with work occurring Monday to Friday between 7 am and 7 pm, and if required between 9 am and 7 pm on Saturdays. 

Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc. has provided an alternative to street parking for residents on Perth Avenue. A portion of the land at the corner of Perth Avenue and Sterling Road has been made available for those with parking passes. 

We encourage you to check back regularly for construction information and news:

www.lowerjct.com/updates

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

As our neighbours are aware, there has been significant activity at the West Towns site. We are happy to announce that the shoring process is complete. Installation of lagging—wooden beams placed between the steel piles around the perimeter of the site—is mostly complete and excavation work is also substantially complete.

Soil removal is underway, though due to weather conditions, such as the recent heavy rainfall, there may be some delay. Trucks that are taking the soil away are staged south of the site off Sterling Road in order to minimize traffic impacts on Perth Avenue.

Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

Restoration work is progressing at the historic Auto Building, with electrical, sprinkler and plumbing systems continuing to be installed throughout the building. Almost all the new windows have been installed with the remainder to be fitted into place over the next few weeks.

Work continues in the basement level to install the key components of the electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems. Heating and cooling equipment is being installed and this work will continue over the coming weeks.

Notes:

Construction hours are in accordance with the City of Toronto Construction Noise by-law [Toronto Municipal Code Noise § 591-2.1] with work occurring Monday to Friday between 7 am and 7 pm, and if required between 9 am and 7 pm on Saturdays.

Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc. has provided an alternative to street parking for residents on Perth Avenue. A portion of the land at the corner of Perth Avenue and Sterling Road has been made available for those with parking passes.

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

Drilling is scheduled to be completed by Friday, May 5th, weather permitting. The drill rig is scheduled to be removed from the site no later than Monday, May 8th; though weather conditions may cause this scheduled to be revised.

The week of May 8th will see site clean up and initial excavation work commence.

Excavation includes soil removal and the digging of trenches between the steel poles that have been placed on the east and west perimeter of the site. The trenches are filled with lagging - wooden beams - that complete the shoring.

 

Auto Building – 158 Sterling Road

Restoration work continues on the historic Auto Building with electrical and plumbing systems being installed throughout the building. Almost all the new windows have been installed with the remainder to be fitted into place in the next few weeks.

Work continues in the basement to install the key components of the electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems. Heating and cooling equipment has begun to arrive onsite and will be installed in the coming weeks.

Notes:

Construction hours on the site will be in accordance with the City of Toronto Construction Noise by-law [Toronto Municipal Code Noise § 591-2.1] with work occurring Monday to Friday between 7 am and 7 pm, and if required between 9 am and 7 pm on Saturdays

Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc. has provided an alternative to street parking for residents on Perth Avenue. A portion of the land at the corner of Perth Avenue and Sterling Road has been made available for those with parking passes.

 

Lower Junction Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

The next phase of work on the West Towns site is underway. Shoring the perimeter of the site has started, which will be followed by excavation work shortly after.

To begin the shoring process, holes will be drilled then steel I-beams will be placed in position. A drill rig arrived on site on April 20th. Drilling is expected to continue through the coming week. Vibration levels will be monitored and kept within permitted limits. 

Construction hours on the site will be in accordance with the City of Toronto Construction Noise by-law [Toronto Municipal Code Noise § 591-2.1] with work occurring Monday to Friday between 7 am and 7 pm. If required, additional work is permitted to take place between 9 am and 7 pm on Saturdays. 

A reminder on parking: 

Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc. (CGSI) has provided an alternative to street parking for residents on Perth Avenue. A portion of the land at the corner of Perth Avenue and Sterling Road has been made available for those with parking passes. 

  • If you live on Perth Avenue and wish to have a parking pass please contact Philip Share or Brett Rycombel, Co-Chairs of the South Perth And Sterling Road Residents Association. Philip Share may be contacted at 416-706-2469.

Lower Junction April Construction Update

West Towns – 20 Perth Avenue

Work has just begun on the site of the West TWNS, proposed 32 townhomes along Perth Avenue, the first of several new construction projects to get underway in the Lower Junction. 

Soil removal, grading and leveling began on March 27. Clean fill will be placed on the ground to provide a working surface for the next stage work: shoring around the site, and drilling for caissons and pilings. A barrier wall will then be constructed on the west side of the property along the railway corridor.

 

The access point to the West Toronto Railpath off of Perth Avenue was closed for safety reasons during pre-construction.  Arrangements to open a new access point at the south side of 158 Sterling Road heritage building are currently being prepared and will be available in the coming weeks.

Construction hours on the site will be in accordance with the City of Toronto Construction Noise by-law [Toronto Municipal Code Noise § 591-2.1] with work occurring Monday to Friday between 7 am and 7 pm, and if required between 9 am and 7 pm on Saturdays. 

A note on parking: 

Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc. (CGSI) is working with the local neighbourhood to provide alternatives to street parking for residents on Perth Avenue and parishioners of the Church of the Firstborn.  A portion of the lands at the corner of Perth Avenue and Sterling Road will be made available for those with parking passes. 

Philip Share and Brett Rycombel Co-Chairs of the South Perth And Sterling Road Residents Association will be sharing information about the parking directly with residents on Perth Avenue and coordinating the issuance of parking passes.

Philip Share may be contacted at 416-706-2469.

The Auto Building, 158 Sterling Road 

Significant progress has been made on the interior and exterior improvements of the Auto Building at 158 Sterling Road. Work has begun on installing the new steel roof on the

10th floor of the building. The north section of the roof will be fitted with ‘North Lights’ which are angled skylights, facing north, that will provide natural light to the restored 10th floor. 

 

Highlights of the current restoration work:

  • Almost all the new windows have been installed throughout the building. 
  • The installation of sprinkler piping is ongoing with most floors completed. Work in sprinkler piping on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors is getting underway. The 10th floor will be done once the new roof is completed.
  • In the basement crews are cutting the concrete slab floor to make space for the components of the electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems. Once these are installed fresh concrete will be poured to match the existing floor height.
  • The installation of electrical conduit completed to the 10th floor.
  • Work on the HVAC and plumbing systems is underway and ongoing. 

 

As you may be aware, the exterior of the Auto Building has several heritage features that are designated to have historical significance. Preserving the Auto Building’s heritage features has been a critical component of the restoration work right down to the bricks. Some of the heritage bricks that had to be removed during restoration work have been sealed and stored and will be reused. The original fire doors have also been temporarily removed and will be restored to their original industrial character. 

The Auto Building. will continue to be the tallest and most prominent building in the Lower Junction. 

Lower Junction Mid-March Construction Update

The Auto Building, 158 Sterling Road

Work continues on the lead project in the Lower Junction, the Auto Building at 158 Sterling Road. With the new windows installed and a temporary heating system, work continues on the interior despite the impact of late winter cold and snow. 

 

Highlights of the current restoration work:

  • Column steel has started to be installed and plates for supporting I-beams
  • The remaining windows on the 10th floor have been installed 
  • The last window has been installed on the 9th floor
  • Electrical rough-ins have been completed
  • The pipes for the sprinkler system have been installed up to and including the 8th floor
  • The basement plumbing layouts are completed

The Auto Building has many unique architectural and design features. One of the these features is that the columns on each floor vary in thickness. The most slender columns are on the top floors and as the floors descend the columns increase in breadth in order to provide additional structural support. 

West Towns on Perth Avenue

The recent return of winter has delayed planned work on Perth Avenue, the site of the West Towns. However, construction is still scheduled to commence this month, March 2017. The first step will be the mobilization of machinery and work crews to prepare the site for shoring operations, including shoring the future crash wall and shoring systems along Perth Avenue. It is anticipated that these activities will be ongoing into through the month of April. Site planning and coordination is ongoing on subsequent stages of construction. We will provide an update at the end of March.

 

Lower Junction Construction Update February 2017

Auto Building - 158 Sterling Road

The restoration of the Auto Building continues to progress through the winter. The installation of new windows has reached the tenth floor. A new transformer has been installed on the north side of the building.  

Interior work is focused on the continuing installation of electrical infrastructure throughout the building. HVAC ducting will commence installation this coming week along with the installation of the fire suppression systems.  The existing concrete slab that forms the floor of the main elevator shaft is being cut and lowered to accommodate the new elevators. 

As we have noted in the previous posts, historic elements in the building are being persevered, restored and reintegrated into the building, such as historic brick, doors and architectural features. New elements such as the windows have been designed to be consistent with the historic industrial style of the building. 

Lower Junction Community Updates


Just to the south of the Auto Building, it has been announced that the Drake Hotel will be opening a new bakery, bar and event space at 128 Sterling Road.  This will be a welcome addition to the neighbourhood that will also feature the new Indie Alehouse in the innovative Draft building, just to the south of the Auto Buildingand of course the new home of the Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada (MOCA) which will occupy the first five floors of the Auto Building. 

Lower Junction Construction Update January 2017

Auto Building - 158 Sterling Road

Restoration and renovation work has been underway since last spring. Significant progress has been made over the winter. New windows have been installed from the third floor through the ninth floor. Steel frame windows are being installed in the second floor. 

A ground floor concrete slab at the west side has been cut for equipment access to the basement. Electrical, stair pull stations have started to be installed. 

Historic elements in the building are be persevered, restored and reintegrated into the building. 

With the most of the building becoming sealed, more interior work can get underway. We look forward to providing more frequent updates as work progresses through the winter. 

Looking ahead. 


Block 1 Perth Avenue - West Towns

Site preparations are planned to begin in after the excavation and foundation permits are issued in March. Permits for above grade work are expected in June 2017. Work will then proceed through the summer. 

Block 3A - Draft Building

The future home of Indie Alehouse, the innovative Draft building will frame the southern edge of the Auto Building and the new park. Site preparations are planned to begin in after the excavation and foundation permits are issued in the first quarter of 2018. By the spring of 2018 aboveground work should begin. 

Block 3B - Museum Flats

The new 10-storey condominium will feature a strikingly articulated facade that will house a collection of commercial spaces on the ground floor and over 150 residences, just to the north of the Auto Building. Site preparations are planned to begin in after the excavation and foundation permits are issued in the first quarter of 2018. By the summer of 2018 aboveground work should begin. 

Lower Junction makes headlines in 2017

CNN included the retrofit of the Auto Building and the future occupancy of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada in their list of 'The most anticipated, and beautifully designed, museums opening in 2017'.

Jonathan Bell states, "Nothing kick-starts a city like a new museum." 

BlogTO included Museum Flats and the Lower Junction on their list of The top 10 new Toronto condo developments in 2016. With a focus on architecture that is challenging the 'glass box' trend, it is no surprise the perforated facade of the building designed by architectsAlliance secured it the number one position on the list. 

There are only a couple of units available in the Museum Flats. To book an appointment with our sales team please contact sales@lowerjct.com.