TAS is known for their contemporary boutique condo developments in Toronto, but their latest project is something different, something that may serve as an example of how to integrate public facilities into new residential buildings.
Recently, TAS, local councillor Ana Bailão, representatives from the Toronto Public Library, and community members gathered at 299 Campbell Ave. in The Junction Triangle to celebrate the official groundbreaking of a new residential-library hybrid building.
The 14-storey rental apartment will have 235 units and the Toronto Public Library will take up the entire first floor. The Perth Dupont branch, which was 3,600 square feet, will be relocated to 299 Campbell, upgrading to 10,000 square feet and offering new community services.
“This groundbreaking event celebrates the relocation and expansion of the Perth Dupont Branch,” says Branch Manager Gail MacFayden. “The TPL is pleased to be working in partnership with the local Councillor, City of Toronto, TAS and the local residents to build a new branch with more space and services to support the Junction community.”
The Junction Triangle is currently undergoing a transformation. Right across the street from 299 Campbell, the Clock Factory building has been renovated. Over the last three years, artist studios, design agencies, tech startups, a coffee shop, and a high-end pizza restaurant have moved in.
Along Dupont, new restaurants and art galleries are opening, there are schools and parks in the area, a new grocery store opened – there’s a neighbourly vibe. Now that a new beautifully designed rental building is in the works with a brand new public library on ground level, The Junction Triangle is really shaping up to be the city’s next hot spot.
“299 Campbell represents a watershed moment for TAS,” says TAS president and CEO Mazyar Mortazavi. “This project is a culmination of the efforts of our team, along with the community, Councillor Bailão and the Toronto Public Library. Through this collaborative approach we have realized a project that delivers on many firsts: the first rental building for TAS through our relationship with Bentall Kennedy, and a first in deep collaboration between this group of stakeholders.”
“We have achieved this extraordinary project building on TAS’s standing history of a deep commitment to exceptional design and long-term commitment to environmental sustainability,” he adds. “299 Campbell will be a marquee project for our City and precedent for deep collaboration in city building.”
We look forward to watching 299 Campbell rise at the corner of Campbell and Dupont. We think the building will be amazing for the already thriving neighbourhood.