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On the northeast corner of University Avenue and Dundas Street West, Toronto-based Davpart is in the midst of transforming the former Maclean Publishing Company/Maclean-Hunter building into a new mixed-use community. Blending the past with the future, The United Bldg. Condos will incorporate and preserve the façade of the heritage building with a modern 52-storey glass and steel tower designed by B+H Architects.

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A classic example of 20th century interwar-era architecture, the Maclean building is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and listed on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties. To help bring the project to life, Davpart enlisted ERA Architects, which is known for its experience with building conservation and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings.

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Construction began in September 2020 when the developer hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony with Davpart President and CEO, David Hofstedter, Toronto’s Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson and Baker Real Estate President Barbara Lawlor.

The Tim Hortons and TD Financial branch at grade level had already been cleared out and interior demolition had already begun. The following months saw the start of exterior and structural demolition of the northeast section of the property where a four-storey office complex will be replaced by the new tower.

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Today, the northeast building has been cleared and crews are preparing the site for excavation and shoring. Workers are expected to dig to 16.5 metres to accommodate the four levels of underground parking. Elsewhere on the site, a peek through the heritage building’s windows show that interior spaces have been gutted in preparation for retrofitting and restoration by ERA.

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When complete in late 2026, the base of the building will house 31,392 square feet of retail space at ground level, 182,457 square feet of commercial offices on floors two to nine, and over 700 new residences across floors 10 to 52. The main entrance at 481 University Avenue leads to the offices and retailers, while the residential entrance will be located at 88 Centre Avenue. The complex will also feature direct access to the TTC’s St. Patrick Station from inside the building.

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Available suites range from 300 to 1,400 square feet and consist of studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and two-storey units. Interiors by Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc. feature standard finishes like porcelain and prefinished engineered wood plank flooring, custom-designed cabinetry and professional-grade Sub-Zero Wolf appliances.

To learn more about The United Bldg. Condos, visit the listing on BuzzBuzzHome.

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