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Cloudy skies and rainy weather weren’t enough to keep hundreds from filtering into the Temple Baptist Church on a recent weekend for Sunday School Lofts’ preview opening in Riverdale.

In fact, 250 registrants signed up to drop in on Saturday alone for the event, which was held at the future site the loft-condo development, one that will retain the facade of the century-old former place of worship in Toronto’s east end.

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The 32-unit Sunday School Lofts is the second from Grid Developments, which is a merging of experienced builders Aykler Developments and Urban Fabric Development.

The builders are no strangers to using heritage-rich elements in their projects. Steam Plant Lofts, one of Aykler Developments early projects, saw a disused hospital power plant in Cabbagetown become home to an exclusive collection of lofts.

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Sunday School Lofts at 14 Dewhurst Boulevard, just steps from Donlands Station in Greektown, continues in this tradition. The church’s original red-brick and stained-glass Georgian Classical fronting, currently a backdrop to the sales centre, will be creatively integrated into the condo.

At the event Saturday, visitors milling about the high-ceilinged church scoped out the new model suite — which displays a two-bedroom, two-bathroom 1,044-square-foot layout — and enjoyed finger foods and refreshments.

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Clearly, many liked what they saw — by the weekend’s end, just three suites from an already limited release remained available.

The Sunday School Lofts sales office at 14 Dewhurst Boulevard is open from noon to 5pm on weekends until supplies last.

For more information, visit sundayschoollofts.com.

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