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Tridel begins construction on Canada's first LEED-aimed community, 17 acres, 2,100 condos

A seven-tower development by Tridel, which began construction this month, will be the first community in the country to seek LEED certification as a whole under the new LEED Neighbourhood Development (ND) program.

According to developer Tridel, Metrogate, in Scarborough-Agincourt near Kennedy and the 401 (next to the Delta hotel), will consist of six residential buildings, one office building, and a series of townhouses. Solaris I and II are currently under construction. Each will be 39 storeys, with 435 units in the first, and 445 in the second. They'll be ready to occupy later this year or early next.

The site is 17 acres, once occupied by the Toronto Sufferance Transit Terminal and originally to be developed by Canderel Property Management, will consist, when finished, of 1,776,000 square feet of residential and office space, with about 2,100 condos. The site will also ultimately house a 1.65 acre park and two day care facilities.

The four basic requirements for LEED ND designation are smart location and linkage, design, green construction and innovation. On this site, Tridel reused all the concrete from the demolition of the transit terminal as subsurface road material, and the community is built on a site that's been flagged for future subway and GO expansion.
Writer: Bert Archer
Source: Tridel

Correction: The original version of this story listed Solaris I as just beginning construction and Solaris II breaking ground in August. They are both currently under construction. Yonge Street was provided with incorrect information.
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