Shoring work for The Mercer adds to daily din of Entertainment District condo construction

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As summer drew to a close, the condominium sales centre that had occupied part of The Mercer site since late 2010 was dismantled and removed (the staff relocated into another building next door), and crews arrived to begin the process of drilling and shoring to prepare the rectangular parcel of property for excavation.

The Mercer website indicates a variety of condominium suites remain available for purchase at “last chance pre-construction pricing!” Units with balconies are available in six different layouts, including: studios from 363 to 463 square feet; 1-bedrooms from 497 to 564 square feet; 1-bedroom + den from 558 to 781 square feet; 2-bedrooms from 734 to 884 square feet; a 2-bedroom + den with 828 square feet; and 3-bedrooms ranging from 912 to 1,133 square feet. (The private balconies and terraces for some of the 3-bedroom suites are huge — 315 to 537 square feet, in some instances.)

Designed by BBB Architects, The Mercer is a project of Graywood Developments Ltd. and Beaverhall Homes.

Below is a series of photos showing The Mercer site and early stages of construction activity, along with two building renderings that appear on The Mercer website.

 

The Mercer condo

This architectural illustration from the project website indicates how The Mercer will look on the northwest corner of John & Mercer Streets. The tower was designed by BBB Architects.

 

The Mercer development proposal sign

The original plan called for a 38-storey tower, as noted on this development proposal sign posted on The Mercer site in 2010. The height was reduced by 5 floors during the city’s planning review process.

 

12 Mercer Street

This Google Street View image takes a northwest look across The Mercer site, formerly occupied by two surface parking lots and a 4-storey brick office building at 12 Mercer Street.

 

24 and 12 Mercer Street

This Google Street View image offers a view of the condo site from the west. At left is 24 Mercer, a 4-storey brick office building that is not part of The Mercer property.

 

The Mercer condo

This artistic rendering from the project website shows how The Mercer podium will extend along the section of street shown in the Google Street View image above.

 

The Mercer condo sales centre

November 2 2010: The Mercer condo sales centre on the former parking lot at John & Mercer. The tower under constructionin the background is the M5V Condos on King Street West.

 

The Merce condo sales centre

Sales centre signage showed the young demographic targetted for condo sales …

 

promotional photo from The Mercer Condos website

… as did this image from The Mercer website and media advertisements

 

The Mercer condo site

November 29 2010: The former parking lot between 12 and 24 Mercer St.

 

The Mercer condo site

November 29 2010: Another view of the parking lot, development sign, and the entrance to the 12 Mercer office building (which was demolished this year to make way for construction).

 

The Mercer condo sales centre

January 14 2011: Another John Street view of The Mercer condo sales centre

 

The Mercer condo sales centre

 March 7 2012: Sales centre signage suggests construction will start soon

 

The Mercer condo sales centre

March 7 2012: The Mercer models have donned hard hats but shunned construction safety boots in favour of more fashionable footwear

 

Mercer Street

March 7 2012: Looking west along Mercer Street from John Street. As many as 7 more highrises could be built between The Mercer and the two condominium towers — M5V and Charlie — visible just over one block to the west along King Street. Construction recently commenced on the 41-storey Bisha Hotel & Residences complex on Blue Jays Way, which will dominate the view down this block when it is complete. Meanwhile, sales are starting for the two-tower King Blue Condos project at the west end of this block. Other tower projects proposed for Mercer Street, Blue Jays Way and nearby on King Street are still working their way through the City’s planning approval process.

 

CN Tower view of The Mercer constructio

September 25 2012: CN Tower view overlooking The Mercer construction site. The 10-storey brown building to its west is the Hotel Le Germain at 30 Mercer. The north side of the block is King Street’s famous “Restaurant Row,” where a 47-storey condo might be built at 321-333 King West directly behind Hotel Le Germain. On the west side of the hotel is the King Blue Condos site for which the City has approved development of two towers, 42 and 47 storeys tall. In the foreground are the Icon Condominiums at 250-270 Wellington Street West and the 20-storey Rosemont Residences at 50 John Street on the corner of Wellington. Blocked from view by the Icon and Rosemont is 15-35 Mercer Street, for which a 49-storey condo development application has been filed with the City.

 

CN Tower view of The Mercer construction

 September 25 2012: A closer view of the two blocks bordering Mercer Street

 

CN Tower view of The Mercer construction

September 25 2012: CN Tower view of foundation drilling equipment on the west half of The Mercer condo construction site

 

The Mercer condo

October 1 2012: Street-level view of construction activity on the north side of The Mercer site, next to a service lane that runs behind King Street’s Restaurant Row.

 

The Mercer condo

October 1 2012: The Mercer site viewed from John Street,  looking west

 

The Mercer condo

October 1 2012: Looking northwest from John Street toward the construction site

 

The Mercer condo

October 1 2012: The buildings in the background are the curvaceous Hyatt Regency Toronto, left, the TIFF Bell Lightbox and Festival Tower.

 

The Mercer condo

October 1 2012: A Mercer Street view of the eastern half of The Mercer construction site. The white building visible on the right side of the photograph is the location for one of the three Frank Gehry-designed skyscrapers that Toronto theatre impressario David Mirvish recently announced he would like to build on King Street West (see below).

 

Mirvish/Gehry proposed condo towers

 This image depicts the three 80+-storey skyscrapers that David Mirvish and Frank Gehry would like to build on King Street, just a few dozen steps to the northeast of The Mercer.

 

The Mercer condo

October 1 2012: With just 33 floors, The Mercer will stand shorter than the 43-storey Cinema Tower, left, and 42-storey Festival Tower condos to its north. But it will be absolutely dwarfed by the Mirvish/Gehry skyscrapers if the City gives the green light to that development.

 

The Mercer condo

October 1 2012: Construction entrance on the south side of The Mercer property

 

The Mercer condo

October 1 2012: A large mound of earth accumulates on the west side of The Mercer site, next door to the small brick office building at 24 Mercer Street, left.

 

24 Mercer Street

October 1 2012: A view of 24 Mercer Street, believed to have been designed by Toronto architect John Tully and built sometime around 1857. It is snugly wedged between Hotel Le Germain, left, and The Mercer site.

 

24 Mercer Street development proposal sign

24 Mercer could itself become a very slender condo highrise …

 

The Mercer condo sales centre

… but for the near future is the new sales presentation centre for The Mercer

 

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