A new mixed-use residence could be coming to 1111 Kingsway at the northwest corner of Kingsway and Glen Drive in Kensington-Cedar Cottage.
The proposal by Peterson Group calls for a 14-storey mid-rise building comprising 140 rental suites with 20 percent of the units designated as part of the Moderate Income Rental Housing Pilot Program (MIRHPP). The initiative was approved by City Council in 2017 and is aimed at addressing the gap in the local rental housing market by providing permanently secured rates that match the affordability needs of local moderate income households earning between $30,000 and $80,000 per year.
The breakdown consists of 114 market-rate rentals, including 31 studios, 44 one-bedroom, 36 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom suites. Among the below-market units are four studios, 12 one-bedroom, seven two-bedroom and three three-bedroom suites for a total of 26 suites.
Future residents would benefit from a seventh floor roof deck with seating areas, planters and trees. Plans also include two levels of underground parking accessed from the rear lane, along with retail spaces at grade.
Designed by MCMP Architects, the tower features contemporary architecture with dark-trimmed windows, glass balconies and a six-storey podium. The main tower would be clad in a mix of painted concrete and grey metal panels, standing in contrast to the podium which showcases light brown brick. The front of the podium houses the development’s retail spaces, while the rear features a collection of two-storey townhomes facing the lane.
The structure would be oriented towards the intersection of Glen Drive and Kingsway with the tower portion set back in the southwest corner of the lot. This maximizes the use of the irregular shape of the lot and simultaneously minimizes shadowing effects on the nearby single-family homes.
In addition to the low-rise neighbourhood north of the site, the surrounding area is home to a bustling commercial strip along Kingsway with local shops, restaurants and cafes. Nearby landmarks and amenities include the Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, Sunnyside Park and Charles Dickens Elementary School.