New mid-rise narrative condos overlook Rouge National Urban Park in Scarborough

Residents of Narrative Condos in Scarborough will enjoy a unique location within walking distance of Rouge National Urban Park, the largest urban park in North America.

The mid-rise project on Kingston Rd. at Sheppard Ave./Port Union Rd., will consist of a pair of 11-story L-shaped buildings with 422 suites.

“I’m an average-sized guy,” says developer Adam Taverna, president of Crown Communities. “It creates good terraces. For anyone shopping here, the views are spectacular. On the upper floors, you look outside and feel like you’re in Muskoka.

“Not only is the building next to lots of greenery, which is a huge selling point in my opinion, but it backs onto the 401 freeway,” Taverne adds. “You can get around using the 401, but due to the difference in elevation, you cannot see the building from the highway.”

Views north of Narrative Condos will be of Rouge National Urban Park, the 79 km² protected site. green space including walking and cycling trails, marshes, meadows, the Rouge River and a beach. To the south is Lake Ontario. In addition to Rouge Park, residents will also be close to the Port Union waterfront, Lower Highland Creek and Morningside parks, as well as the Scarborough Golf and Country Club. Crown Communities is also creating a public park on the condominium site.

According to a 2020 ReMax Realty survey, 48% of Canadians wanted to live closer to green spaces, but many still want nearby amenities like hospitals, schools, retail stores, restaurants and public transit.

Crown Communities is among developers tapping into the potential of Toronto’s underdeveloped eastern outskirts along Kingston Rd. While the Narrative Condos site was empty land, it was complicated to turn it into a mid-rise residential project to two buildings and Taverna says he and his team have worked closely with the city for more than three years on the project.

Originally, 140 stacked townhouses were planned, he says, but with rising construction costs and development fees, Taverna says the units should have been priced at over $1million . The city was also pushing for greater site density.

“The condominium market was the answer to these problems,” says Taverna. “We were able to fit so much into the floor plans and they are so efficient that a 430 square foot unit has the same living space as a typical 540 square foot unit. unity. Space dimensions work so well.

The buildings are contemporary in glass and precast concrete. Each unit will have a balcony with glass railings.

“This project was like a Rubik’s Cube,” says Cliff Korman, founding partner of Kirkor Architects and Planners. “It was a very unique problem to solve with a multitude of problems.” Taverna’s goal was to meet the city’s height and density goals, appease existing neighborhood residents, and avoid the need for an Ontario Land Tribunal hearing. (The BTA adjudicates on issues related to land use planning, environmental and natural features, and heritage protection.)

Korman says to unlock the site, but not allow traffic to seep into the existing neighborhood, the project has been split into two buildings connected by an underground parking lot with a driveway between them, where residents can turn left or right on Kingston Rd. , but do not go straight. Nor could the buildings obscure the entrance to the nearby McDonald’s restaurant. Issues such as noise, wind, sun and shadows, and the addition of a half-acre public park rose to the challenge.

Narrative Condos in Scarborough will include two 11-story buildings with quick access to Rouge National Urban Park.

“This is one of the toughest urban design projects we’ve ever done,” says Korman. “I was the tailor who threaded the needle, sewed through all the elements and had to get it through so the thread wouldn’t break.”

Taverna wanted the same attention to be given to the habitability of the interior spaces, with the aim of offering maximum efficiency. “For me, it was important to have a three-seater sofa in the living room. In the one-bedroom suite, you can fit three sofas.

With low-rise homes out of reach for many families, Taverna says the building was designed to comply with the city’s growth design guidelines, which focus on how new mid-rise buildings and high-rise buildings can be developed as vertical communities to meet the needs of all residents. , including children. There’s a mix of three-bedroom units among the 422 suites to accommodate families as well as a kids’ play studio and playground. There are schools in the neighborhood and the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus is a 15-minute drive away.

Narrative Condos’ 18,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities include party and game rooms, wellness areas, outdoor lounges and barbecue grills, and a co-working space.

“We worked very closely with the city and with Kirkor, because they really know how to put together a project,” says Taverna. “It’s a very nice building.”

“This one was kinda magical,” Korman says. “The things we did to fix the issues were pretty staggering.”

FOR JANE VAN DER VOORT, NARRATIVE CONDOS STORY BY TRACY HANES Narrative Condos by Crown Communities is a mid-rise condo project on Kingston Rd. near Sheppard Ave/Port Union Rd. It breathes new life into the eastern outskirts under- developed from Toronto along the 401. The condo will be 1 km from the Rouge National Urban Park, close to public transportation and within walking distance of many shops, services, etc.  Although the site is vacant, it posed many design challenges.  Uploaded Externally By: Hanes Tracy

Narrative Condos

Location: 7437 Kingston Road, Scarborough

Developer: Crown communities

Architect: Kirkor Architects and Planners

The description: Two 11-storey L-shaped mid-rise buildings with adjoining underground parking

After : 422 units, from 370 to 1,170 sq. ft., with 9-foot ceilings, wide plank flooring, contemporary baseboards; kitchens with quartz counters, custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances; balconies and terraces with glass railings. price from $300,000 to $1 million+.

Building amenities: Wellness center, yoga studio, weight, cardio and strength training equipment, co-working space, children’s play studio and outdoor playground, party room, outdoor lounge, barbecues, games room

Temporary occupation: September 2025

Website: narrativecondos.com

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