Lower Junction Construction Update June 2016

Work has begun in the approximately 8-acre Lower Junction neighbourhood.

Since the beginning of Spring, rehabilitation and restoration work has been underway at the Auto Building at 158 Sterling Road, which at 57 meters will continue to be the tallest and most prominent building within the neighbourhood. This work is part of the first phase of fives phases to be developed in the Lower Junction community.

The Auto Building, circa 1919, was originally used to manufacture aluminum projects and until the early 2000s auto parts. As an industrial heritage structure, it is now being restored and renovated to host new cultural and creative users. The Auto BLDG. will be the new home of the expanded Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada (MOCA), who were formally in the West Queen West neighbourhood. MOCA will be occupying 5 floors of the 10-storey building and are targeted to open their museum in spring 2017.

Key construction activities this month at the Auto Building will include:

  • Interior remediation and demolition including the modification of existing elevator shafts
  • Removal of graffiti from the interior of the building.
  • Remediation and removal of existing windows. 
  • Interior sandblasting.
  • Test polishing and sealing of concrete floors
  • Roof remediation and replacement.
photo by Edward Nixon, EN Consulting Group

photo by Edward Nixon, EN Consulting Group

In addition, the following construction activities will also take place on the site:

  • Crushing and stockpiling of concrete near the Auto Building
  • Hydrological and geotechnical investigation throughout all development blocks.

Adjacent to the Auto Building  there will be some audible construction noise during permitted hours: Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

photo by Edward Nixon, EN Consulting Group

photo by Edward Nixon, EN Consulting Group


Museum Flats, located adjacent to north of the Auto Building, will be a 10-storey mixed use building (day care facility and commercial areas on the ground floor and residential above) designed by Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance, featuring an iconic perforated metal architectural skin. Marketing of Museum Flats  has commenced and is generating a strong sales response. Construction of the Museum Flats is not expected to commence in 2016.


Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc. (a partnership between Castlepoint Numa and Greybrook Realty Partners) was pleased to provide the host site for The Stop’s Night Market fundraiser this month on Wednesday, June 14th and Thursday, June 15th, from 7 pm to 11 pm each night:

The Stop’s Night Market is an annual fundraising event bringing together Toronto’s top culinary, design, performance, and graphic arts professionals. Inspired by night markets from around the world, The Stop’s Night Market transformed a unique outdoor space over the evenings of June 14th and 15th with more than 70 chefs, 20 local beverage vendors, and 35 one-of-a-kind food carts created by local designers


The re-opening of the bike path connection from Sterling Road to the West Toronto Railpath is expected to open in June 2016. The new interim connection is located south of the Auto Building.

In late June, the Pavilion Project, which is a project that aims to celebrate innovative and emerging design and architecture, will be hosting a community meeting, in partnership with Councillor Bailao’s office. The meeting will be held in the evening at the Lower Junction Sales Gallery, located at 213 Sterling Road. The Pavilion Project team will circulate the agenda and meeting details shortly. The Pavilion Project will be hosted within the Lower Junction neighbourhood in Spring/Summer 2017.

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