GBL Architects has submitted a proposal to develop a six-storey, mixed-use apartment building at 1303 Kingsway in Kensington-Cedar Cottage.
If approved, the 54-unit development would replace a portion of a strip mall that currently houses a liquor store, pub and other commercial spaces, located at the corner of Kingsway and Clark Drive. The irregularly-shaped lot has a total area of 14,310 square feet (1,329.44 square metres) and is bordered by Kingsway, Clark Drive, East 21st Avenue and a rear lane.
The GBL Architects-designed residence would have a total building height of 74.7 feet (22.77 metres) and offer 47,385 square feet (4,402.21 square metres) of residential space and 7,440 square feet (691.2 square metres) of commercial space at-grade. An underground parking garage would be accessed through the rear lane and accommodate 54 parking spaces.
The proposed building design boasts a modern midrise profile that follows the angle of Clark Drive on its west side. This is also where the main residential entrance would be located.
The facade would be wrapped in a simple yet elegant mix of white brick, contrasting Hardie panels in grey, vision glass balconies, and rectangular windows framed in dark trim. Hardie panel shiplap in a wood tone, used on the residential balconies, would add a warm touch to the exterior.
A variety of suite types and sizes would be available to choose from. The unit breakdown includes 16 studios, 18 one-bedroom, 14 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom units.
Planned amenities include a spacious outdoor terrace on the sixth floor. Designed by landscape architecture firm Durante Kreuk Ltd, the amenity space would feature a barbecue, dining area, fire pit and urban agriculture plots. A kids’ section would be equipped with a play hut and small playground with Goric Half Balls.