Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Village by High Park, Options for Homes, and Deltera a most winning combination for the community

Building development that recognizes and grows a community is a great goal and often is missed. Not with  The Village by High Park development being constructed On Keele St just north of Dundas St. West. partnership of the Options for Homes corporation and the builder Deltera. Through the study of  the communities past built  history and current needs of the prospective buyers  they have designed and are constructing a building which will not only serve the people who will live in the a building but one that with attend to the community though a integrated visual appeal. During  the blogs tour of the construction site last week I was stuck by the partnerships adept understanding,  reworking and adaption of historical elements of local buildings there cut lines and brick facades with the addition of new methods of design and construction. The partnership is creating a new building greatly suited to the community both past and present.

All of this corporate effort is greatly enhanced and in this authors opinion , handsomely aided and made manifest by the choice a senior site superintendent with deep historical connections to the area. Deltera's senior site superintendent Sean McCaffrey is a direct descendant of Samuel Nordheimer the owner of the Nordheimer Piano factory pictured below.

Unfortunately, the Samuel Nordheimer Piano factory building no longer exists in the Junction. (2nd image below) Yet  what a great visual image it gave to the community and would still have added had it survived.  We no longer have many of buildings and businesses built by the visionary industrialists that made the Junction great during it's manufacturing origin.

Mr McCaffrey who invited the blog to tour the site gave a great amount of useful and interesting information and insights about the project which we will in the coming flow of posts about the project communicate to you. Also he has taken interest and understands how important this 1st major addition to the Junction community in many years will help redefine the community. All be... I felt the same feeling of visionary development and thoughtful effort in him that his forbearer Samuel Nordheimer must  applied to his work in the Junction.

As regular readers of the blog will remember, the blog followed closely Mr McCaffrey, Deltera and their team of masons as they historicity rebuild the return wall of the CPR subway Bridge this past summer. That is just one example of the thought and commitment being put forward on the project more will follow in the coming posts.

Below is  our 1st series of images related to the text above  and below these images the blogs 1st images of the inside of the site  - hope they excite all of you as much as they did this author.

Tomorrow audio and images related the environment efforts of the development and image essay on the flow of construction.

[caption id="attachment_5852" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Map of the above image - One of the Nordheimer Nordheimer ">familly business ledgers (upper left cover only) The Samuel Nordheimer familly home (just outside the Junction) (lower left)The Samuel Nordheimer Piano factory building (upper right)"]DSC00371[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5853" align="aligncenter" width="281" caption="The Samuel Nordheimer Piano factory building WOW!"]DSC00369[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5854" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Railside wall designed to deflect trains from building, this wall has no concrete connection to the main condo building to further isolate vibration of the rail tracks from the building"]Railside wall designed to deflect trains from building, this wall has no concrete connection to the main condo building to further isolate vibration of the railtracks from the building[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5855" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="electrical systems and plumbing systems go in before the floor slab is poured, One floor (slab and walls per week  is the production timing.)"]Elecrtical systems and plumbing systems go in before the floor slab is poured, One floor  (slab and walls is the production timing.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5856" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="From the current working level looking at the grain silos"]From the current working level looking at the grain silos[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5857" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="INSIDE! the view down one the hallways in the buildings - note the fine working of the poured concrete"]INSIDE the view down one the hallways in the buildings - note the fine working of the poured concrete[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5858" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The view of one the common balcony areas - other areas have private balconies while others have sliding doors which open for a view and open the unit to the outside air"]The view of one the common balconey areas - other areas have private balconeies while others have sliding doors which open for a view and open the unit to the outside air[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5859" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The move in and out elevator which also servers as a normal passage elevator when not in service for a move. It is also the fire services elevator. more on this in a later post. Directly across from this elevator are the normal passenger elevators"]The move in and out  elevator which also servers as a normal passage elevatore when not in service for a move.  It is also the fire services elevator. more on this in a later post. Also directly accross from this elvator are the normal passinger elevators[/caption]

3 comments:

  1. Excellent work sir!
    I'm very curious about this project and enjoy the nuggets of history you provide in this blog. You must have been able to take some images of the Junction from a vantage point never seen! I remember in one of your earlier posts about this project you pointed out the very fact that some of the views here would be most interesting (south west looking towards High Park and south east looking towards Downtown. I'm eager to see a view in the direction of the CN Tower! Keep it up, and look forward to the rest in this series!

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  2. Fantastic stuff! The Nordheimer family home looks like quite the building, too. Is that in Parkdale?

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  3. When is this condo development scheduled to be completed ?

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