The redevelopment of 2102 Lawrence Avenue East is for a new 11-storey, purpose-built rental apartment building and two rows of three-storey townhomes comprised of 100-plus new residential units.
The Wexford Zion Pioneer Cemetery and historic chapel in the church would remain on the site and parts of the heritage church would be incorporated into the design of the mid-rise building as new community space.
To respect the residential neighbourhood to the north, the development is proposed to transition from 11-storeys along Lawrence to three-storey at the rear. New exterior amenity space is proposed along the connected transition.
As with all Kindred Works projects, accessibility and sustainability is a core value. One third of the new units are targeted to be barrier free. The project targets an 80 per cent reduction in embodied carbon against industry standard, and the design uses Passive House principles to enable low energy use throughout the buildings’ life. This approach extends to residents, too – the apartments will make the most of passive ventilation and daylight to create a healthy living environment.
Ensuring a safety and people-focused design, there is ample interior and exterior amenity space and all of the vehicular movement is proposed to be contained to interior to the building. The redevelopment of 2102 Lawrence represents an interesting opportunity for existing residents, new residents, and the wider community.