Developers TAS and Bentall Kennedy were joined by representatives of the Toronto Public Library, Deputy Toronto Mayor and Local Councillor Ana Bailão, Dave Bidini, and Junction Triangle residents to celebrate the groundbreaking of the city’s latest residential-library hybrid at 299 Campbell Ave on June 16.
Libraries aren’t always thought of as tools for neighbourhood revitalization, but TAS and the Toronto Public Library broke ground on a new approach in the Junction Triangle. Designed by Teeple Architects, TAS’s 14-storey, 235-unit rental apartment building at 299 Campbell Ave will be the new home of the relocated Perth Dupont Branch of the Toronto Public Library. The large ground floor space will allow the library branch to expand its range of services to enrich the vibrant Junction Triangle community.
“299 Campbell represents a watershed moment for TAS,” says TAS President and CEO Mazyar Mortazavi. “This project is a culmination of the efforts of our team, Councillor Bailão, the Toronto Public Library, and our community. Through this collaborative approach we have realized a project that delivers on many firsts: the first rental building for TAS through our relationship with Bentall Kennedy, and a first in deep collaboration between this group of stakeholders.”
Mortazavi continues, “We have achieved this extraordinary project by building on TAS’s standing history of deep commitment to exceptional design and long-term commitment to environmental sustainability. 299 Campbell will be a marquee project for our city and set a precedent for deep collaboration in city building.”
The Library is as excited as Mortazavi about the project. “This groundbreaking event celebrates the relocation and expansion of the Perth Dupont Branch,” says Branch Manager Gail MacFayden. “The TPL is pleased to be working in partnership with the local Councillor, City of Toronto, TAS and the local residents to build a new branch with more space and services to support the Junction community.”