After developing projects like Lanehouse on Bartlett and Cabin Toronto, Curated Properties has earned itself a reputation for building innovative boutique developments that break the mould. For its latest project, the developer has partnered with Ottawa-based Windmill Developments to introduce a mixed use community rooted in sustainability and residential agriculture. Coming soon to sought-after West Queen West, The Plant is a 77 unit condominium that aims to reconnect Toronto’s urban centre with nature by creating a self-sustaining, self reliant residential community.
“The choices we make as developers dictate the lifestyle available to the people that live in our buildings. Urban living used to mean choosing between being a cool neighbourhood full of amenities or having enough land to cultivate a robust garden,” said Adam Ochshorn, partner at Curated Properties. “When you consider two-thirds of all humans will soon be city-dwellers, having to choose between an urban residence or the ability to comfortably grow your herbs and vegetables no longer makes sense.”
Located at 41 Dovercourt Road, the 10-storey structure will rise from the corner of Dovercourt Road and Sudbury Street, next door to Curated Properties’ Cabin residences. The site was the original location of the popular local bakery chain Dufflet Pastries — one of Toronto’s pioneering food production brands.
“It might seem extreme, but we orientated this entire project around our connection to food. It’s our guiding principle and the result is a building that lives and breathes and offers a better quality of life to the people who will live and work here,” said Curated Properties partner Gary Eisen. “The Plant is a community that fits with the foodie culture that has come to define Queen West.”
Food-focused amenities include an internal greenhouse/nursery to cultivate seeds and grow plants, as well as an industrial style kitchen designed to accommodate food preparation and host social events. The development also features retail and office spaces on the first and second floor creating a true mixed use urban lifestyle in which residents can live, work and grow.
“Being able to grow your own food where you live has always been how humans lived. It’s a recent North American phenomenon to identify food growth as something that takes place outside of the city centre,” said Jonathan Westeinde, CEO of Windmill. “As developers, our opportunity to address this misconception ultimately rests with the land we own and the projects we introduce.”
Designed by multi-disciplinary design studio +tongtong, the suites include one and two-storey units with up to four bedrooms, spacious living areas with large eat-in kitchens and eco-friendly features including geo-thermal heating, LED lighting and low-VOC materials. Further encouraging a ‘terrace-to-table’ lifestyle, the homes also boast custom micro-garden beds for fresh herbs and large terraces or balconies with ample space for plants, accessories and furniture. The layouts themselves are wide and shallow in order to maximize natural light and sun exposure.
“The balconies and terraces at The Plant are really more like an eight-storey porch,” explains Westeinde. “They have their own structure, with railings and lattices, as well as a thermal break. So not only are they large and spacious, but they’re orientated to work with the sun and encourage plant life to take hold.”
Suites at The Plant start at $500,000. To learn more about the project, make sure to register online at theplantqueenwest.com.
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