Over the past few years, the Storefront, archiTEXT, SUSTAINABLE.TO, ERA Architects, and community participants have been collaborating on the “Community Design Initiative” to make positive design changes to the Storefront and its grounds.
Today the next phase is truly underway: We are now officially working with the United Way and residents of the Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAPREIT) to improve the spaces between the Storefront, the adjacent CAPREIT Towers, and the Morningside Park Ravine beyond. Tower Neighbourhood Renewal initiatives such as this aim to produce healthier, happier, more usable, and more sustainable communities, and to empower local residents to take ownership of their environments.
The project launch was marked by a ceremonial “De-Fencing” where community youth were cheered on as they helped remove a line of fence to the north of the Storefront. The removal of this barrier is symbolic of community stakeholders’ claim to the space, but also opens practical physical connections between the tower residences, the Storefront, and the streets beyond.
This was all made possible in no small part due to the extraordinary efforts and cooperation of all involved, including, in addition to those mentioned above, the City of Toronto, Direct Construction, and all our amazing volunteers.