A corner of North York is set to welcome another addition to its residential landscape with the unveiling of LSQ2, the latest phase in the ambitious LSQ master-planned community by Almadev. The tower launches as part of the massive redevelopment of Lansing Square at Victoria Park Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East, situated less than 2 km east of Don Mills station on Sheppard Line 4. Following the notable success of its predecessor, LSQ1, earlier this year, LSQ2 embarks on further enriching this new community with 338 residential units housed within a 30-storey tower soaring to a height of 101.84m.

Looking southwest to LSQ2, designed by Wallman Architects for Almadev

LSQ2 is a key component of Almadev's grand LSQ community vision on its sprawling 15-acre domain, which upon fruition will feature 1,600 residences, inclusive of 160 affordable rental units, supplemented by 489,000 ft² of commercial space, and 100,000 ft² dedicated to parkland, retail, and social spaces. Notably, the plan also entails the preservation of two office buildings, recently honoured with BOMA BEST Sustainable Building certifications, and the introduction of 1.2 acres of public parkland, articulating Almadev's commitment to sustainable urban development.

Situated immediately east of LSQ1, LSQ2 extends to 30 storeys above a matching podium. The sibling towers share an architectural narrative of a zig-zag motif crafted through white cladding strips that grace the facades, the complementary patterns turned 90° to each other. Both culminate in a lattice-like crown at their zenith, adding a syncopated visual rhythm to the site.

The podiums of LSQ1 and LSQ2 with landscape design by Ferris + Associates Inc, image courtesy of Almadev

The pair of towers, designed by Wallman Architects with landscape design by Ferris + Associates Inc., will not only serve as residential hubs but as landmarks heralding the new community at Sheppard and Victoria Park. At grade, LSQ2 boasts a retail space that faces an outdoor courtyard, transitioning from the two towers to the community’s 1.2-acre public park, replete with public art, water features, play space for children, and more.

The central park of the community with landscape design by Ferris + Associates Inc, image courtesy of Almadev

Connectivity is a significant draw for LSQ. The site's transit-oriented design is bolstered by an exclusive resident-only shuttle service to Don Mills subway station (regular TTC bus service is also available into nearby Don Mills station or south to Victoria Park station), while LSQ will have on-site bike storage and electric vehicle charging stations too. Meanwhile, the future holds the possibility of an extension to Sheppard Line 4 or the building of a Sheppard East LRT, either with a stop at Victoria Park. For those who prefer to driver, there is quick access to Highways 401 and 404/DVP.

In its early stages, LSQ will also unveil a new commercial building within Lansing Square, joining two existing office buildings to be retained in the development. This addition will offer 180,000 ft² of commercial floorspace opening up to the 1.2-acre greenspace at the community's core, designed to enhance the pedestrian experience for both residents and the nearly 20,000 workers employed in the vicinity.

Looking north to the LSQ master-planned community, designed by Wallman Architects and Ferris + Associates Inc for Almadev

LSQ2 is a notable stride towards realizing the LSQ community's broader vision of blending residential, commercial, and public spaces. As Almadev moves forward with LSQ2, it is clear that this master-planned community is a promising venture set to enrich North York's residential and commercial fabric.

For more information or to register for updates, interested parties can visit lsq2.ca.

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Related Companies:  Almadev, Bousfields, Counterpoint Engineering, EQ Building Performance Inc., Ferris + Associates Inc., Platinum Condo Deals, WZMH Architects