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Is it a coincidence or conspiracy that the first XO tower replaced a McDonald’s, while the second is being constructed at the site of a former Burger King? Lifetime Development’s sister building, a 19-storey tower specially designed with young families in mind, completes a total revisioning of the Parkdale intersection.
“This corner really is a gateway to the entire city,” says Brian Brown, principal of Lifetime Developments, whose company partnered with Pinedale Properties for the build. “You’ve got high-density pedestrian traffic and then transit moving to Liberty Village, King West, Queen West and Parkdale.” It’s also conveniently located within close proximity to the Exhibition Go Stop and an upcoming Ontario Line Smart Track Station.
Steve Nonis, principal of Turner Fleischer Architects, says that designing a pair of buildings at such a busy corner required many sessions with city planners. “Both buildings went through the same process together in terms of working with city consultants and Toronto Hydro,” says Nonis. “If you look at the traffic, all the streetcar lines merge there.”
Still in its preconstruction stage, the development, according to Nonis, is long overdue: “This is such a key corner for the city of Toronto. It’s a true opportunity to revision (it) and to understand how many people will intersect with it.” Along with its 410 units, X02 will also have more than 15,000 square feet of new retail and commercial space at ground level. “This really is what Liberty Village was in 2004,” says Nonis.
So what’s the difference between the twin buildings? In comparison to X0, Brown says, the second tower caters specifically to young families.
Amenities include a bocce court, a kids’ jungle gym and a play area. “I think there might even be a teeter-totter horse,” laughs Brown. “This is the condo for families.”
That target demographic informs the suite planning. While there are still the standard one- and two-bedroom units, a large number of three-bedrooms in this tower allows for families to expand comfortably. There is also a small collection of two-story townhomes. Family-friendly amenities will also attract those with kids, including the Game Zone, which features retro arcade games, a ping-pong table and TV lounge, a golf simulation room, a rooftop parkette and Children’s Den with an indoor creative centre, useful during the long winter months, as well as an outdoor playground.
But X02 also offers just as many adult-centric amenities. There will be 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space, set to include a boxing studio, a lounge with a chef’s kitchen, and an outdoor dining area with barbecue stations and fireplaces. For those still working remotely, there’s the Think Tank, Lifetime’s co-working facility. It will have high-speed WIFI, private workstations, a private meeting room and communal-style seating.
Residents will also have access to gym offerings that will be shaped through a partnership with Freemotion Fitness, a Peloton-inspired gym that provides immersive workouts with the help of iFIT technology.
“Freemotion takes fitness to the next level by offering high-tech cardio and strength training equipment,” says Brown. “We like them because of their innovative technology. It’s a really unique and cutting-edge workout experience.”
Lifetime expects that, in addition to families, X02 will attract young professionals making their first real estate purchase. Studio apartments begin at $573,900 for 406 square feet, while the largest unit maxes out at 1045 square feet, on offer for $1,108,900.
As far as interiors go, the aesthetic is urban. A lobby with double-height ceilings and a triple archway structure is designed to supply the wow factor. The lobby will also come alive with interactive art walls on one side and a retro red brick wall on the other.
Just off the lobby, a parcel delivery room has a cold room for those receiving groceries. The building will also have a pet-wash station.
Indoor and outdoor sculptures and murals will be delivered by Toronto artist and designer Matthew Del Degan in collaboration with X02. Del Degan is known for his hand-cast two-foot-tall concrete Lovebot sculptures that appear in various locations in Toronto. His collaboration with X02 makes sense given the younger demographic the development hopes to attract.
So far, Lifetime has released from the 13th floor down – and 95 per cent of those units have sold. Upcoming units from floors 13 and up are about to be opened up. Occupancy is slated for 2024.
Prices start at $573,900 for a studio unit. For more information, see www.XO2condos.com
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