"Certain food groups, let's say convenience food that doesn't have a healthy element to it", or "greasy burger joints and other unhealthy fast food outlets won't find a home in the city's forthcoming mixed-used Canary District..." says Dundee Kilmer president, Jason Lester.
He's referring of course to the most exciting area that is about to unfold in the east end of downtown Toronto, the Canary District, site of the athlete's village for the 2015 Pan Am Games and future home to families who have bought condos that are now under construction, the first of which will be ready for occupancy by 2016.
Developer Dundee Kilmer has announced plans to "hand pick health and wellness retail and commercial tenants" in an effort to create a holistic destination in an area. The company's done it before with arts, culture and entertainment themed Distillery District which opened in 2003 and has become popular for its art galleries and quaint ambiance. "One of the things we've done in the Distillery District , there are almost no brands", said Lester. We've turned down many branded coffee shops over the years. The goal was to have very authentic, unique experience."
They hope to do the same with the Canary District with emphasis on healthly living and wellness and the area will boast of number of great features including:
***A state of the art and one of the largest and newest YMCA facilities, all of 82,000 square feet
***More parks than any downtown community have seen in quite some time which includes an 18-acre park and other mini parks
***A boulevard along Front St. which will boast of three layers of trees and greenery which people can enjoy
***Bike stores along with other businesses that are affiliated with runners, joggers and yoga enthusiasts have expressed interest to occupy over 46,000 sq. feet of ground floor retail space along Front St. from Cherry St. to Bayview Ave. Ext.
(Source: Ashante Infantry, Business Reporter, Toronto Star)
We are excited to welcome our clients to a most wonderful addition to this neighbourhood that we've grown to love. For us, this is just the beginning of a long-standing friendship as the Canary District continues to grow into a "village" where neighbours can enjoy to live and thrive in this downtown oasis.
As Bruce Kuwabara, lead architect of the project has said, "we know how to build buildings, now we will show you how we can build a community..."