430 ESSA a highly-anticipated midrise condo project in Barrie
Feb. 4, 2019
One Urban Developments Inc. is a forward-thinking real estate developer and builder based in Toronto. Value-driven in every aspect, the company focuses on creating contemporary infrastructure that infuses the convenience of modern living and the latest technology, while fitting seamlessly in its surrounding neighbourhood.
One Urban prioritizes quality craftsmanship by partnering with skilled trades professionals and leading industry consultants. The company is constantly innovating and committed to creating developments that are always adaptable to the community and stand the test of time.
One Urban sets its vision in motion to change the urban landscape in the Greater Toronto Area. “Our vision reflects the timeless values of each community we build in, while enhancing its future legacy through quality, function and most importantly, innovation,” says Nick Stillo, chief operating officer at One Urban. “We create desirable urban areas with beautifully integrated retail shoppes that are vibrant and easy to call home because we’ve factored you into the equation.”
As a leading Toronto builder, the company’s approach to successful urbanization is being conscious and strategic in selecting key communities to build in. One Urban is currently overseeing the development of three contemporary midrise condominiums set to transform downtown Barrie and historic Oakville, among other exciting forthcoming projects.
Coming to Barrie in early spring 2019, 430 ESSA is a midrise condo destined to elevate the pace of the entire community. This highly anticipated development has contemporary edge with a four-storey concrete structure and 67 well-appointed suites. With a host of shoppes located at ground-level, this building cultivates community and creates local opportunities, bringing more people and businesses into the neighbourhood.
In fall/winter 2019, One Urban is introducing a residential building to Palermo Village in Oakville that has deep historical significance. The developer worked closely with the Town of Oakville to preserve the integrity of this valued heritage site, while incorporating a new contemporary eight-storey building with shoppes to benefit the community. “Oakville values their heritage and this site has tremendous historical importance to Palermo Village, the first settlement in Oakville. Because of this, we worked hand-in-hand with the Town of Oakville to uphold the heritage of the site, while integrating a new contemporary building that people will be proud to live in,” says Stillo.
The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) is outraged by the announcement made today by City of Toronto councillors Joe Cressy, Mike Layton and Kristyn Wong-Tam. The trio said they would red light any development that supports council approved TO Core Plan, ignoring the direction given by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s approved plans. These actions are a clear example of political interference that slows the development of new housing and increase costs.
Kingdom Developments Inc. has broken ground at its Canadian flagship, mixed-use condominium development, KSquare Condos, just a month after launching sales for the project.
“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to start construction just one month after our sales launch,” says Eric Jensen, Kingdom Developments’ vice-president, projects. “This speaks volumes to the success of KSquare Condos and the significant demand the project commands from both end-users and investors who recognize the incredible value and ownership opportunity that KSquare presents.”
KSquare Condos is located in the heart of central Scarborough at Kennedy Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E., an area currently experiencing a major transformation in new city planning and rapid development growth.
“As one of the first major developments in the city’s most dynamic neighbourhood, KSquare Condos is an exciting addition to Scarborough, an area that’s naturally poised for a residential density boost,” says Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt Councillor, Jim Karygiannis.
With more than 485,000 sq. ft. of planned development comprising of retail, office and mixed-use residential, KSquare presents a strong investment and ownership opportunity, the company says. Over the next decade, KSquare Condos is expected to kick-start rapid growth in population density and spur new job opportunities in this already fast-growing neighbourhood.
[caption id="attachment_44609" align="alignnone" width="600"] Groundbreaking at Kingdom Developments' KSquare Condos in Scarborough. Left to right, Raymond Chau, sales and marketing manager, Kingdom Developments; Danny Tito, executive vice-president, Skygrid; Jacob Ma, president, Kingdom Developments; Jim Karygiannis, councillor, City of Toronto; Jason Heidman president, Skygrid; Gary Chen, senior project manager, Kingdom Developments. Photo: AGI Studio[/caption]
Across the rail corridor from KSquare, the City’s ambitious plans for Agincourt Mall will create retail and office jobs in a dynamic community of new shops, restaurants, cafes, offices, parks and a public square. With 10 million sq. ft. of office space, Scarborough has seen impressive job growth over the last decade, and is home to the head offices of top Fortune 500 companies including Toyota, IBM, Compaq, BMO, HSBC, Sony, Volvo and Lenovo.
Dubbed “Kennedy Central,” this area between Kennedy Rd. and Hwy. 401, will soon benefit from improved planned transit service with the proposed $5-billion plan to build a three-stop subway extension in Scarborough with stops at Lawrence East, Scarborough Town Centre and McCowan Rd.
With the existing Agincourt GO station to the north and projected SmartTrack and Sheppard East LRT stations nearby, residents will be able to connect to downtown in minutes. Drivers will also appreciate easy access across the GTA via Hwy. 401, which is directly to the south of KSquare Condos.
Designed by IBI Group with interiors by Tomas Pearce Interior Design, KSquare Condos features two sleek, elegant glass towers rising 36 and 39 storeys above a shared seven-storey podium.
[caption id="attachment_44610" align="alignnone" width="600"] Eric Jensen, vice-president, projects, Kingdom Canada[/caption]
KSquare features a wide range of suite types and sizes including one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. Prices start from $372,900 and early buyers can also take advantage of a free parking space included in their purchase price.
“We have a really diverse group of condo units and sizes,” Jensen told Condo Life. “On the one end, we’ve got the students at (University of Toronto Scarborough) that are looking for a small one-bedroom, but at the other end of the spectrum, we’ve got a number of three-bedroom plus den corner units for full families.”
KSquare will not only be home to Toronto’s largest private condo library and study area, residents will also have access to amenities such as two private music rehearsal rooms, state-of-the-art gym, pet grooming spa, kids zone, 24-hour concierge, an expansive party room with two dining areas and a rooftop terrace offering panoramic neighbourhood views.
“The real highlights are… the seventh-floor outdoor terrace is spectacular, it’s really like having a taste of a forest or High Park that you can just step out into,” Jensen says. “The private library is probably the crown jewel of them all. The versatility that this type of space offers… you can go there to study, there are breakout rooms, quiet spaces… it all ties into the library, and we’ve got moveable panels to open up spaces.”
[caption id="attachment_44611" align="alignnone" width="600"] Construction now underway at Kingdom Developments' KSquare Condos in Scarborough[/caption]
“The lobby itself is very unique, if for no other reason than its size,” Brian Woodrow, senior designer, Tomas Pearce, told Condo Life. “It’s almost a full double height, has a fireplace lounge, a business/tech lounge, so its broken into two areas and its meant to draw people together in a work, live and communicative environment.”
Kingdom Developments gave Tomas Pearce the freedom to execute its ideas, Woodrow says. “They came to us with these ideas… I wouldn’t call them prerequisites because they gave us a free hand, which is very unusual, and allowed us to develop these thoughts and notions from our design standard point of view.”
The KSquare community will be surrounded by nature and greenspace. Bordering the building, South Linear Park boasts over half an acre of parkland and trails and the building’s grounds will also feature lush landscaping that will weave into a central courtyard to the east of the main entrance.
Register at ksquarecondos.com or visit the Presentation Gallery located at 2035 Kennedy Rd., open Monday to Thursday noon to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Fridays.
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