Etobicoke is starting to grow up. While Toronto's western edge has long been dominated by car-oriented neighborhoods and low-rise living, the city's ongoing wave of denser, increasingly transit-oriented living is seeing neighborhoods throughout the 416 area rapidly transform. Etobicoke's Six Points Interchange, where strip malls are now beginning to give way to high-rises, embodies much of the city's changing urban landscape. With the TTC's nearby Kipling station now set to also become a major GO and MiWay transit hub, Concert Properties' The Kip District is the first—of several coming projects—that will re-make the area into a more urban space.

The Kip District, Concert Properties, Page + Steele / IBI Group ArchitectsThe Kip Dstrict layout, image courtesy of Concert Properties

The Quadrangle Architects and Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed project is bringing a five-tower, high-rise cluster to the site of a former Canadian Tire, transforming a big box store and sprawling parking lot into a new kind of master-planned community. The Kip District's towers will rise up over a central, pedestrian-oriented square (profiled in an earlier story) that looks out onto a central amenity building, fostering a communal, sociable ambiance that strives to bring together residents of all five towers (below).

The Kip District, Concert Properties, Page + Steele / IBI Group ArchitectsA rendering of The Kip District's central square, image courtesy of Concert Properties

The project's first tower, called 'One' (below), is currently in the sales phase, with an incentive program currently offering first-time buyers a more affordable entry point into the property market. The Kip District Head Start Program provides two years of waived condo fees and complementary TTC Metropasses to buyers, encouraging transit use while easing the financial strain of first-time home ownership. 

The Kip District, Concert Properties, Page + Steele / IBI Group ArchitectsA rendering of 'One,' image courtesy of Concert Properties

The Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed tower is targeting LEED Gold certification, and will include energy-efficient features such as double glazed low-e thermal windows, a green roof—supplied by storm water drainage—and motion activated lighting in common areas. Each suite will also feature individually programmable thermostats, while the building will be equipped with a highly efficient integrated heat recovery ventilation system (HRV).

The Kip District, Concert Properties, Page + Steele / IBI Group ArchitectsA closer look at the ground level, image courtesy of Concert Properties

A tri-sorting waste management chute system will conveniently separate garbage, recycling, and organics, while designated electric vehicle charging stations are designed to facilitate hybrid and electric cars.

From the pedestrian-oriented design of the community, to the energy-efficient and electric vehicle-friendly amenities of the condominium, to the current TTC incentive, a commitment to sustainability is evidenced throughout the project, which seeks to introduce new urban paradigms to the area.

Additional information and newly released renderings of the onsite park can be found in our dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

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