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Is Richmond St. Condo Structurally Sound After Scaffolding Mishap?

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On Tuesday afternoon, four storeys of scaffolding fell during construction of the Tableau Condos near Richmond and Peter Streets. The incident closed the streets for hours, smashing the back of a taxicab window, and leaving commuters wondering, how the heck does two 15-metre high towers of scaffolding fall from a building? Is the condo structurally sound? The projection is under the supervision of Tucker HiRise Construction, also responsible for other Toronto projects like One Bloor East, Liberty Market Lofts and 18 Yorkville. Tucker HiRise nor the developer have released a statement regarding the mishap. The Ministry of Labour has been called in to find out what went wrong.

The Tableau Condos, designed by Wallman Architects, features 410 residential suites and 25,000 square feet of office and retail space at the ground level. According to the developer, "the signature element of the building is a structural "table" on which the residential portion of the building sits, strategically locating it above the site's existing warehouse building," previously designated a historical site. While the project is expected to be completed in 2015, it might be delayed pending an investigation.

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