A transitioning west Toronto neighbourhood got another boost this morning with Graywood Developments announcing it is building the Scoop along St. Clair West.
As the 512 streetcar streaks west, it’s easy to see the changes along St. Clair approaching Caledonia. The strip is thriving with new restaurants, art galleries and businesses opening between established boutiques, local watering holes and neighbourhood staples.
The collision of the established and the emerging is what attracted Graywood Developments to the area. With Corso-Italia and Wychwood Barns to the east and the Junction to the south, West St. Clair West is one of the last transit-oriented residential neighbourhoods still accessible to first-time homeowners and those searching for a cost-effective entry into the multi-residential market.
As the first condo project in the community, Scoop is intended to live up to its name, giving purchasers an opportunity to participate in the reinvigoration of a neighbourhood, while still accessing an urban lifestyle, dedicated transit and an array of amenities.
“The momentum of surrounding areas like Wychwood and the Junction means West St. Clair West is primed to be among the city’s next great neighbourhoods,” says Adidharma Purnomo, director of development for Graywood Developments. “You have transit literally on your doorstep, and a price point that resonates with first-time homeowners, families and young professionals looking to get a foothold in the Toronto market.”
The six-storey boutique midrise was conceived like a puzzle piece fitting perfectly into its surroundings. Architect Daniel Cowling of SMV Architects delivers a significant statement along St. Clair with a contemporary facade and retail at grade. At the same time, the building respects the single-family residential homes in the area, stepping down to three storeys along Osler St. to fit more harmoniously into the neighborhood.
“Scoop will be a visual anchor for West St. Clair West’s streetscape,” says Cowling. “We really wanted to set the tone for any future development in the area by delivering a modern design that emphasizes a sense of community. All the spaces are tailored to foster interaction, both within the building, as well as the surrounding neighbourhood.”
Interiors by Toronto-based TACT Design augment the sense of community, leveraging a series of common, amenity spaces to facilitate interaction. Upon entering the lobby, guests are met with a warm, wood palette accented with brass textures, glossy black walls and recessed lighting that illuminates the space.
The lobby flows into the main amenity hub, which features an inviting library with a communal table, perfect for having a coffee and reading. A fully-equipped formal space extends off of the library and backs onto a shared courtyard complete with community gardens.
“There is a balance of space and substance in our design for Scoop,” says Michael Krus, lead designer for TACT. “The details are elegant in their execution. From the suites to the shared spaces, each element gives the whole project a more inviting, welcoming feeling, which is key to complementing the West St. Clair West community.”
Scoop has 72 suites that range from 550 to 1,200 sq. ft. Each unit comes with a private outdoor terrace or balcony. Suite interiors complement the warm, contemporary aesthetic that permeates the building.
With independent businesses that have been supporting West St. Clair West for decades, Purnomo says Graywood is focused on delivering a building that will enhance the existing sense of community while stimulating the whole neighborhood.
“The key is continuity,” says Purnomo. “Each of the spaces within this building speak to each other, and we’re doing the same with the street scape. Scoop will be key to linking the Junction to the Stockyards to Corso Italia and beyond.”