Oakleigh has signed the Site Plan Agreement with the City of Orillia and is gearing up for the start of construction at Matchedash Lofts. Demolition of the former Pontiac car dealership took place in September, and crews will be arriving on site next week.

The shoring rigs will drill steel piles into the ground, all the way down to the base of the future excavation pit. Similar to a retaining wall, this prevents soil from caving into the pit and also protects surrounding properties. Excavation will begin shortly afterwards, which is the process of digging the hole that will become the parking garage of Matchedash Lofts.

Oakleigh is embracing modern construction methods to ensure safety and sustainability. Ontario-based Magest Building Systems Limited will design and manufacture the building’s cold-formed steel framing — a smarter alternative to engineered lumber. Although many mid-rise buildings have opted for wood-frame construction, this method is more susceptible to combustion and noise issues.

In addition to cold-formed steel wall panels, Matchedash Lofts will feature Hollowcore concrete floor planks, which are faster to construct and designed for strong acoustical performance. Unlike the plethora of glass condominium towers in the GTA, Matchedash Lofts will be clad in red heritage brick, providing the opportunity to insulate the building and reduce heat loss. A hybrid heat pump system will also cut down on electricity usage and operating costs, in an effort to keep maintenance fees and the project’s carbon footprint to a minimum.

Another noteworthy feature of Matchedash Lofts is its parking garage. Fifty percent of the parking spaces will be prepared for future electric charging stations. A handful of future residents have already purchased electric Tesla cars, meaning they’ll be able to rapidly charge their vehicles at home.

The development is more than 60 percent sold, but a great selection of one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, and two bedroom condos are still available. Priced from the low $300,000s, the suites boast 9 to 11 foot ceilings, hardwood flooring, energy-efficient stainless steel appliances, contemporary cabinetry and large factory-style windows. The bathrooms are sleek and minimalist, with clear glass shower enclosures, ceramic tile surrounds, low-flow toilets and sparkling chrome accessories.  With construction ramping up and GTA condo sales on the rise, the few remaining units at Matchedash Lofts won’t last long.

The Matchedash Lofts shipping container sales office is located at 22 Matchedash Street in downtown Orillia, however, they will be moving to their new décor centre next week at 163 Mississaga St East.  Prospective buyers are encouraged to register online and make an appointment with a sales representative by calling 647 642 4955 or emailing matchedashlofts@oakleigh.re.

For more information, please visit matchedashlofts.ca.

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