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Old Posted Jun 18, 2011, 3:07 PM
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We're in business!

You beat me to it Marcus CLS! I just noticed they had begun digging the trench yesterday. This is a shot from the City Hall rear parking area looking South West:


Here's the view from Lisgar looking South East:


The concrete trenches they are using to shore up the ground at the surface:


A shot looking due West from Cartier street. As far as I can tell, the parking lot in the foreground will remain a parking lot for now. Although, I'm pretty sure another condo will be going up there within the next 5 years.


I've also included a YouTube video I took to show the scale of the project. Basically, it's going to be HUGE. The buildings in the background are about 10 or eleven stories and the Merit is going to be 20 stories, so twice a tall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5jrOTKfYkk
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Old Posted Jun 18, 2011, 6:12 PM
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Thanks for posting the pictures! This project is going to look great when it's all said and done, a great addition to that area of downtown!
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2011, 12:15 AM
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Almost twice as tall? Thank God - that beige, balcony-less rectangle directly behind the site is probably the ugliest building i've ever seen.
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2011, 5:13 AM
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Almost twice as tall? Thank God - that beige, balcony-less rectangle directly behind the site is probably the ugliest building i've ever seen.
Three words:
Bell street towers

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Old Posted Jun 19, 2011, 1:43 PM
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Yeah, below the 10th floor you'd be staring at those extended stay balconies. I need to check the plans to see what the setback would be. It's all starting to look very New York in terms of the views
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2011, 1:46 PM
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No question its a very sharp looking building it will be interesting to see it go up.
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2011, 5:57 PM
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Actually, the only prominent multi-story building i can see from my bedroom window is Bell Street Towers, albeit from the other side of the Queensway. It's a constant reminder of how bad life really could be...
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2011, 5:57 PM
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With the Merit location, the new building will serve to show the vast difference between acceptable building styles of the 1960s/1970s and those of today
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2011, 12:07 AM
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Ah, the Bell Street Towers. I believe they are actually going to get a makeover where the balconies will be enclosed and the entire building will be wrapped in stucco. Could be worse...

While I am drooling over the 16th floor units in the Merit, I would like to see more three or four storey buildings like the Val Cartier at Cartier and Somerset. They seem to be a great balance since they aren't high enough to need an elevator yet they are more than four times denser than single family homes.
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2011, 7:48 PM
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Fantastic! I think this is going to be one of the closely followed projects on this board, and I think the views from this building's upper floors will be amazing! I know the views from some of the suites in the Holiday Inn are amazing, and this building will have ones from even higher vantage points.

Can't wait to see this one rise, and I'll be able to see it happen from work (unless I get sent somewhere else).
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Old Posted Jun 24, 2011, 3:01 AM
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Hmm. I didn't notice the trench for the slurry wall. Does it surround the entire property? It is curious because I caught what appears to be a pile-driver being delivered on Wednesday (June 22, 2011) morning.

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DSC04517 by rakerman, on Flickr
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2011, 8:08 PM
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There's gotta be some new progress in this location by now...
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2011, 8:40 PM
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Like the Tribeca, which also used the slurry wall construction, there will be a lot of time before much visible change happens. The wall trenches are being dug, bottoms pounded, and the reinforcing cages lowered.
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Old Posted Jul 29, 2011, 8:09 PM
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Oh ok, also good to know this one is happening still...
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Some (small) construction photos:
http://www.roneng.com/project_detail...0&t=1&f=1&pg=1
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btw... project details say 21 storey... do they count mechanical as 21st?
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Old Posted Oct 13, 2011, 6:44 PM
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I think the mech. penthouse counts as a floor. Read something to that effect recently regarding this project.
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btw... project details say 21 storey... do they count mechanical as 21st?
The 21st floor is a roof top terrace -- the mechanical room is aprox. 2 floors high above the 21st. So i'm estimating this building will appear to be 23 floors high. I bought a Unit and I got the drawings so this what I calculated :-)


I noticed they are not digging/building the underground parking the same way as (tribeca) --They are digging deap walls and pouring cement? I think the soil might be soft there and no rocks to blast.

I know nothing about construction though... :-(
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Old Posted Oct 22, 2011, 5:07 PM
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Anyone know why it's taking so long to start digging the underground parking ?
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