Months after the close of the successful Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the former Pan Am Village is in the midst of a major transformation, as the buildings which served as athletes' residences are now being converted for their ultimate uses, mostly as homes for the first residents of this West Don Lands neighbourhood. Canary District Condominiums and Canary Park Condominiums by developer DundeeKilmer are two of the complexes currently being converted.
This morning we were provided the opportunity to tour the KPMB Architects and Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed Canary Park development for an inside look at the ongoing conversion progress, and to get a taste of what the completed condominium suites will look like upon completion.
Despite their completed exteriors, the conjoined 12 and 16-storey buildings are still very busy construction sites inside. Many of the building's hallways, for example, remain covered in a carpet from the Pan Am events time which will be replaced as part of the conversion.
Stepping inside one of the 6th floor units reveals a very raw space in transition. This one-bedroom + den unit was just a few months ago home to five athletes in two bedrooms and sharing one bathroom. Now that the partitions for the temporary second bedroom have been removed, fixtures and appliances are being installed to turn this raw space into a home, kitchen included. Kitchens were excluded from the athletes living spaces, as they had access to a large communal dining tent nearby during the games.
Floorplans fixed to the unit's sliding glass balcony door reveal the differences between the previous unit layout and the new condominium layout.
The future residents of this unit—and all east-facing units at Canary Park—will have views looking out over Corktown Common, an impressive new park that already serves as a community hub for the fledgling neighbourhood.
Towards the top of the taller south building, work is progressing for one of Canary Park's 14th floor penthouse units.
This particular unit, occupying the southwest of the building, features postcard-worthy views of the Toronto skyline, as well as the surrounding neighbourhood.
Back on the development's lower floors, two model suites have been staged, not only as a way to show prospective buyers the design possibilities for a completed suite, but also to provide contractors with a template for their work on the building's other units. A 631 square foot suite one bedroom + den suite can be found on the third level, featuring furnishings by BoConcept and styled by Kathy Joss.
Priced at $359,900, this suite offers 9 foot ceiling heights and a 93 square foot balcony with west exposure.
A two bedroom + den townhome model suite is also on display. The 1,302 square foot suite features a 227 square foot terrace with park-facing exposure, priced at $731,900.
As these spaces are prepped for their permanent residents, work continues elsewhere in the Canary District. There is much more to see from our visit to the new community, and we will be back soon with more on the progress of the surrounding neighbourhood.
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|Related Companies:||Baker Real Estate Inc., Dream Unlimited, DundeeKilmer, EllisDon, KPMB Architects, LiveRoof Ontario Inc, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Studio Munge|