Increasing the density and liveability of Toronto is an aim of the City's Official Plan, but can often be a slow process. While this current building boom has spawned current skyscrapers in the core, more and more mid-rise structures are appearing on The Avenues, arterial roads where the City wants to see intensification.

Today we look at a new project soon to make its mark in an area just starting to see redevelopment. Visto Condominiums, on the corner of Keele Street and Maple Leaf Drive, south of the 401, will rise on the site of the neighbourhood's first grocery store, which originally opened in the 1940s. Now, the coming nine-storey building plans to renew the existing retail on the site, while providing a collection of new condominium units above.

Visto Condos, TorontoVisto Condominiums, image courtesy of YYZed Project Management

Visto Condos, TorontoVisto Condominiums, image courtesy of YYZed Project Management

Visto is a short distance south of York University, close to the new Humber River Regional "superhospital," the growing Yorkdale Mall and expansive Downsview Park. The project offers a wide range of units ranging in size from 502 sq ft to 1094 sq ft for the larger two-bedroom suites. Along with easy access to ground floor retail, residents can expect amenities such as a main floor party room, bicycle storage, a rooftop terrace with seating and barbecues, as well as a fitness centre.

Visto Condos, torontoVisto Condos Interior, image Courtesy of YYZed Project Management

Plans for Visto are by Architect Alan Tregebov, who will build with YYZed Project Management. Some of the retailers have already been secured for the main level, and sales of condominium suites are underway. We will keep you updated as the project proceeds through the development process. If you would like to learn more about this Visto, please check out the dataBase listing below, or join the discussion in the UrbanToronto Forum.