When Graywood Developments launched SCOOP Condos in the summer of 2016, it was the first new condo project to hit that particular stretch of St. Clair West since – ever. Graywood was attracted to the potential of the area, citing early signs of momentum and the authentic community vibe that permeated the area.
“Cities like Toronto develop in pockets, and this stretch of St. Clair from Old Weston Road to Caledonia was primed for smart, community-oriented developments,” says Stephen Price, president and CEO, Graywood Developments. “With SCOOP, we introduced a new form to the area, inviting purchasers to come see the changes taking place. We were thrilled with the reception.”
“Before we ever had a project, I would visit and spend time here. You got the sense the area had all of the ingredients of a special neighbourhood. It just needed a spark to set everything in motion,” adds Adidharma Purnomo, vice-president, Development Project Management.
Graywood’s instincts were correct, with SCOOP selling out and breaking ground last fall. Since then, Metrolinx has revealed plans to build a new GO Station and Smart Track Station at the corner of St. Clair and Old Weston Road, while other developers have begun targeting the area.
Graywood is now plotting its return to West St. Clair West with an offering that taps into the community’s proven potential.
“There’s certainly a lot more interest in what’s happening on West St. Clair West than there was two years ago,” says Purnomo. “There’s a feeling of optimism. This is a community that welcomes smart, contextual development. That is exactly what we’re aiming to deliver.”
“SCOUT really is its own, unique building. We’re delivering more residences and working with a new set of materials. We’ve evolved the form to reflect the ambitions of the community. This will be a new landmark in the area,” says Purnomo.
Dan Cowling, partner, SMV Architects, echoes the sentiment. “With SCOUT, we really have the scale to propel the street forward. What’s emerging is a streetscape that reflects the great neighbourhood that is already here. That sentiment manifests itself in the design. A glass box wouldn’t really suit the area, so we aimed for a warehouse aesthetic with a focus on masonry. The plan is to blend masonry, mixing up to four different colours to reflect the mosaic that surrounds the site.”
Outside the building, the neighbourhood continues to evolve. Earlier this year, The Stockyards introduced a new Nation’s Food Experience to its offering. There are also new cafes, restaurants, breweries, art galleries and distillery’s dotting the area. “There are so many urban amenities in and around the area and even more in the pipeline. In a few years you will have a new GO Station and a new library on top of the streetcar, the great retail and all the new and old businesses. There is a lot waiting to be discovered and SCOUT will a great new addition to the neighbourhood,” says Purnomo.
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