Military club makes way for condo construction: RCMI Residences set to rise on University Ave.

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Tower rendering on hoarding at the RCMI Residences construction site


The cannons will come back! Preliminary excavation work is underway for Residences at RCMI on University, the 42-storey condo tower that will rise on the site of The Royal Canadian Military Institute at 426 University Avenue (just south of Dundas Street).

When the  slender glass highrise opens in several years, it will house “a completely modernized RCMI [on] the first six floors, complete with its distinctive cannons dutifully rolled back to their guarding positions,” the RCMI notes in its website description of its novel construction venture with builder Tribute Communities.

The tower design incorporates the facade of the RCMI’s former building, which had occupied the site from 1890 until its demolition last fall. The RCMI is a private social club for former military officers and civilians with interests in the military; it also owns and maintains “Canada’s largest privately-held military library.” Its current membership “is drawn from all walks of life, including the Reserves, the Regular Forces, academe, and business across Canada and abroad. Increasingly, our new members are concerned with information technology and other business affairs related to security issues.” Undoubtedly, buyers at RCMI Residences will feel secure in their sleek new digs once they move into the completed condo complex.

Below are photos I snapped of the RCMI building before it was demolished, along with photos of construction progress to date and renderings of the RCMI tower.

 

The Royal Canadian Military Institute on March 11 2010


The Royal Canadian Military Institute on March 11 2010


The Royal Canadian Military Institute on March 11 2010


Hoardings around the RCMI Residences site on Nov 29 2010


RCMI Residences construction viewed from Simcoe Street Jan 3 2011


RCMI Residences construction viewed from Simcoe Street Jan 3 2011


RCMI Residences construction viewed from Simcoe Street Jan 3 2011


RCMI Residences construction viewed from Simcoe Street Jan 3 2011


RCMI Residences construction viewed from Simcoe Street Jan 3 2011


Hoarding at RCMI Residences construction site on Jan 3 2011


RCMI Residences tower rendering


RCMI Residences facade rendering


RCMI Residences tower rendering


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