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April 28, 2023
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April 28, 2023
4 mins read
Published by Matias Bessai
Advancing their reputation for anticipating the next community primed for intensification, developer CentreCourt is establishing a presence in the emerging heart of Downtown Etobicoke with a new high-rise development dubbed Kipling Station Condos. Designed by B+H Architects, the proposal contemplates the construction of a 50-storey tower located directly adjacent to the Kipling Transit Hub. The transit-oriented development will deliver a total of 552 new units to the Etobicoke community, and is expected to launch on May 8th.
Located at 5251 Dundas Street West, the site benefits from a unique concentration of transit options converging at the Kipling Transit Hub. Expanded in mid-2021, the transit hub transforms the existing Kipling TTC and GO stations into the major regional transit node it was meant to be, adding GO Transit and Mi-Way buses to the and GO trains and TTC buses and subway trains that have met here for decades. Among the host of transit services offered at the hub, riders can enjoy 30 minute connections to Union Station and Downtown Toronto, and 15 minute service to Pearson Airport.
Additionally, the Kipling Transit Hub is slated to be the eastern terminus for a new east-west express bus service, the Dundas Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Scheduled to begin construction in 2025, the project will see the creation of a 48-kilometre transit corridor that connects Etobicoke directly to the western GTA, serving Mississauga, Oakville, and Burlington before terminating in Hamilton, with more than 20 kilometres of clear sailing on dedicated bus lanes that separate the BRT service from commuter traffic.
Also located within the immediate vicinity of CentreCourt’s development is the planned Etobicoke Civic Centre, a mixed-use project from CreateTO that promises to bring a new anchor to Etobicoke’s Downtown. Offering extensive municipal office and cultural uses, the complex is slated to deliver over 700,000ft² of total floorspace, and will also include a new community centre component featuring fitness studios, aquatic facilities, and outdoor gathering spaces making up about 10% of that total.
Zooming out to the wider area, shopping destinations like Sherway Gardens and Cloverdale Mall are a short transit trip away, as are a number of education and employment opportunities including Humber College and U of T Mississauga Campus. Recognizing the local features that add value to the site was a big part of CentreCourt’s decision to invest in the area, and reflects the company’s drive to be involved in the process of establishing new urban hubs in emerging communities.
Digging into some of the details of the project’s design, the building breaks down into two volumes, a four-storey podium topped by a 46-storey tower. The massing of the tower remains mostly unchanged for the majority of its height, but features an interesting shift in its middle third that adds some visual interest. Beginning at the 15th floor, the tower’s floorplate rotates slightly, breaking up the continuous condition of the elevations; after another 12 floors, the floorplate is restored to its original position, and continues unchanged for the remainder of the tower’s vertical climb.
Also of interest in the massing is the chamfered corner, which helps to emphasize the shift in the floorplate, and is expressed further in the podium as well. Meanwhile, the building’s dark material palette is accented with flashes of gold that appear in the soffits as well as in narrow vertical fins on the tower elevations.
Moving on to the programming of the building, the proposal details a total of 22,000ft² of total amenity area, split evenly between indoor and outdoor spaces designed by Figure3 and Land Art Design Landscape Architects Inc respectively. Indoor offerings will include lifestyle spaces like a fitness centre, hosting lounge, and party rooms, as well as a number of work spaces like private boardrooms, zoom/social media rooms, and co-working spaces. Outdoor spaces are highlighted by a lounge with cabanas and daybeds, a barbecue and dining area, a fire pit lounge, a garden, and even a dog run area.
For all the amenities included within the project itself and the surrounding community, affordability is a pillar of CentreCourt’s development approach, and is a key aspect of their mission to urbanize Downtown Etobicoke. According to the developers, the project is expected to hit the market with an accessible entry point in the 400’s, a price point which is made possible by a number of factors. At the base of all their projects, CentreCourt strives to acquire land at attractive price points, keeping upfront costs down by not overpaying for development sites. The company also prides itself on the ability to adhere to a stringent construction budget and timeline, minimizing additional costs in the development process.
With a project launch just around the corner, Kipling Station Condos will soon enter the market, kickstarting CentreCourt’s long-term vision for Downtown Etobicoke.