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Photos: James Bombales

After a decade-and-a-half of new homes, condos and loft developments, construction in Liberty Village is starting to wind down. While there’s still plenty of activity happening in the neighbourhood’s east end around the Ordnance Triangle, much of the neighbourhood along East Liberty Street has been developed with shiny new condominiums, parks, stores and restaurants.

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Taking up one of the last lots in the neighbourhood is Liberty Market Tower by Lifetime Development. The 28-storey residence is situated at 171 East Liberty Street, replacing the eastern portion of the Liberty Market Building, which housed small shops, furniture stores and businesses like Casalife and Rpl. before it was converted into a commercial complex in 2004. The original structure was a munitions factory in the 1940s, supporting the country’s efforts during World War II.

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This section of the Liberty Market Building was demolished in 2018, followed by the excavation of a three-level underground garage in 2019. Last fall, two cranes were installed on the site as crews continued to move upward. Recent photos show the concrete structure has reached the sixth floor at the eastern end with pillars for the seventh level visible.

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Occupancy is tentatively scheduled for November 2021 and, when complete, Liberty Market Tower will feature a 28-storey highrise designed by Wallman Architects. The building is anchored by an eight-storey podium at its base where many of its 12,000 square feet of combined indoor and outdoor amenities are located. These include a co-working space, games room, party room with an adjoining private dining room, and a fully-equipped fitness centre.

Outdoors, residents will have access to a landscaped 6,500-square-foot barbecue terrace with a ‘freight’ lounge as its centrepiece. Made out of a shipping container, the bar-inspired lounge provides an industrial-chic space for entertaining.

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Available suites range in size from 515 to 1,074 square feet and offer open-concept layouts with one- to three-and-a-half bedroom floorplans. The interiors are by Cecconi Simone Inc. and boast nine- or ten-foot smooth ceilings, luxury finishes and modern kitchens with integrated appliances.

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