It is always fascinating watching a new condominium tower take shape. But in the case of Market Wharf in the St. Lawrence Market area, watch closely. Once construction workers hit the second floor, they will begin a four-storey, 365-spot parking garage and then expertly wrap residential units around it.

The uncommon design got the nod because Market Wharf is sprouting out of environmentally contaminated land, also known as a brownfield. Rather than dig it up to make room for underground parking and then dump the bad soil elsewhere, the folks at Context Development decided to forgo below-grade excavation and, instead, perch the parking garage in the sky and hide it behind the high-end suites.

Read the full article by Suzanne Wintrob, “Trains, cranes and automobiles” in the National Post (Nov 19, 2009).

Market Wharf Condominium by Context Development Inc. is located at Jarvis Street and Wilton Street in Toronto – View on Map Here.

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