The Neighbourhood – West Don Lands
The West Don Lands in Toronto downtown east are the site of a master-planned neighbourhood by Waterfront Toronto and Dundee Kilmer. This neighbourhood will be refurbished into mixed-use communities as part of a larger urban revitalization project. Toronto’s Downtown East districts are undergoing a further renaissance with the introduction of the innovative new urban development, Canary District condos.
The West Don Lands area was originally a large city park in to 1800s but has most recently existed as an underutilized industrial area with little to offer the growing population of the GTA. Now, the West Don Lands are the focus of a major urban revitalization project that consists of an 18-acre park, retail spaces, high-end and affordable housing, open public plazas, and recreational facilities. Through extensive development plans it will become a desirable and modernized urban living space for young families, working individuals, and the site of the 2015 Pan Am village.
The Don River, a prominent feature of the West Don Lands, will once again become a centerpiece of the Toronto waterfront and an enjoyable destination for the public. The goal for West Don Lands is to become the next great Toronto neighbourhood with a community focus, family-friendly atmosphere, and environmentally sustainable living. The industrial area will be transformed into a riverside community with open walkways for pedestrians and convenient transit stops along the major streets.
Canary District is minutes away from everything a person needs to live a fulfilled urban life. This new development is surrounded by Toronto’s up and coming areas and is a short transit ride to the downtown core. With Distillery District, Leslieville, and The Beaches adding to the vitality of this new neighbourhoood, both individuals and families will find a place to call home at Canary District. St. Lawrence Market, Queens Quay and Harbourfront are in walking and biking distance while streetcars stop regularly on Cherry and King Street. Getting to work and meeting friends for a social gathering is a convenient and hassle-free adventure at this urban development.
The Canary District neighbourhood will be chalk full of desirable community-oriented elements, sheek retail shops, and healthy green spaces. There is a strong emphasis on street-level life and urban revitalization with over 40,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor that opens up onto broad public spaces designed for community enjoyment. The streetscape cohesively melds public art, a public plaza, and parkettes into a seamless urban aesthetic.
A team of prominent architectures from KPMB, architectsAlliance, Daoust Lestage Inc., and MJMA designed the eight-block Canary District, which includes the largest YMCA in Canada complete with pool, fitness centre, and community facilities and the first student resident at George Brown University. The team of groundbreaking architects has proven expertise in urban revitalization and distinct aesthetics. The development is a single project composed of four building that will boast 800 condos, 24 townhomes, 12 lofts, and more than 250 affordable housing units for Torontonians who desire an urban life in a scenic and relaxed setting. The condominium buildings will surround a raised courtyard with outdoor barbeque, dining area, and amenities pavilion that is accessible from the second and mezzanine floors. The development features publicly accessible laneways that will serve both residents and non-residents in order to promote a notion of a global village. The vision for Canary District’s master-planned neighbourhood and walkable urban lifestyle in the West Don Lands come from property developers Dundee Kilmer and Waterfront Toronto.