Mid-rise developments are popping up all along Toronto's arterial thoroughfares, or Avenues, as the City presses for additional density in areas well served by transit. On Kingston Road in Scarborough, one of these mid-rise developments, Kingston&Co Condominiums by developers TAS, Main and Main Developments, and First Capital Realty, will soon be adding a shot of vitality into the area's improving streetscape. Designed by Teeple Architects, the 10-storey Kingston&Co is offering 140 condominium units built to the high sustainability standards of lead developer TAS.
TAS' developments are built to meet their "four pillars of sustainability", a system which places emphasis on the social, ecological, cultural and economic impacts that a new development can bring to a community. The first of these pillars—social—comes in the form of community activity. TAS sponsors various community activities around its properties such as the Junction Flea and Music Festival and the Farm Lot, and similar community involvement is gearing up for the Kingston&Co development.
The next pillar, Ecological, is represented by TAS' efforts to build projects that have a minimal ecological footprint by exploring opportunities to go beyond minimum sustainability standards, employing various features to reduce energy and water usage. Kingston&Co is targeted to follow in the footsteps of TAS' M5V Condominiums development in the Entertainment District, which was certified LEED Gold.
The third "pillar of sustainability" is Cultural. While many developers often ignore architecture and design in favor of easily marketable floor plans and minimal maintenance fees, TAS strives to build projects that are not only architecturally creative, but also provide dialogue with the surrounding community. The Teeple Architects design of Kingston&Co is a great example of this philosophy, with a textured exterior that ignores the overly glassy approach common in new-build condominiums in the GTA market.
TAS' final pillar of sustainability is Economic. Developments have the power to foster economic prosperity in the communities and neighbourhoods where they are built, and Kingston&Co will fall into this category with ground level retail along the building's Kingston Road frontage. In addition, TAS' Neighbourhood Partnership Program utilizes their building projects as a platform to support local economic development, including the creation of affordable homeownership opportunities within their developments.
The project is slated for completion in early 2017. Additional information and renderings can be found in our Kingston&Co 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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