When all the races have been run and the medals have been awarded, the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will wrap up and Canary District will be begin its transformation from the Games’ Athletes Village to Toronto’s largest master-planned community. But long after all the athletes have left, Canary District’s athletics-focused past will live on as the community will be the ultimate health and wellness-themed retail destination.
The handpicked collection of retailers will include a sporting goods store, cycling shop and yoga studio. Dundee Kilmer Developments Limited will also bring a plethora of restaurants and cafes to the community’s commercial space. All told, retail space will make up the 46,000 square feet in the future Front Street Promenade, from Cherry Street to Bayview Avenue.
“We have an opportunity to make the Canary District one of the city’s most attractive mixed-use communities by selecting a special group of businesses that cater to local residents’ needs,” said Dundee Kilmer President, Jason Lester. “We understand the right retail and commercial mix is critical to achieve that goal, maximizing the marketability and profitability of this project.”
In collaboration with Live Work Learn Play Inc., an advisory firm that focuses on creating holistic people-centred communities, Dundee Kilmer Developments has already begun establishing the rigorous criteria that will guide which retailers make the final cut. The developer is assessing retailers according to their concept, quality of experience and previous track record.
Dundee Kilmer Developments, also behind the vastly popular re-imagining of Toronto’s historic Distillery District, will be handpicking mostly local or regional independents businesses.
When all is said and done, Canary District will house 26 unique businesses occupying spaces that will vary in size from 400 to 4,100 square feet.
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