The 963 Pharmacy Avenue redevelopment is an excellent example of gentle densification that fits well into an established neighbourhood. Located in a growing Scarborough neighbourhood, the 20-unit development adjacent to the retained 72-unit, four-storey building will bring much needed housing to the area.
Considerate design, quality of life, and accessibility are at the heart of the project’s vision. A third of the new rental homes will be available at below-market-rate. The proposed development would offer family-friendly amenities, a large courtyard, timber construction, and passive ventilation.
The design of the low-rise development includes one block of three-storey walk-up apartment units and four-storey stacked townhouses, which will complement the existing building and surrounding neighbourhood.
Accessibility and safety have been considered across the development, with barrier-free entrances to the ground floor of the three-storey walk-ups, and a dedicated parking area adjacent to the structure to create a favourable pedestrian realm.
As with all Kindred Works projects, sustainability is a core consideration from the outset. 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.