Toronto’s new co-op housing points to a dense, beautiful future

Toronto is back in the housing business. This week the city’s government announced a new housing development near Kennedy subway station in Scarborough, and it is big. Big in scale, with 918 homes – making it the largest co-operative housing project in Ontario in 25 years – and big in ambition.

Led by first-rank designers, the project is a strong start for Mayor Olivia Chow’s bold housing agenda, and it carries two important lessons: Size matters, and so does design.

The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto will lead the project, along with the city’s CreateTO and private companies Civic Developments and Windmill Developments. They hope to begin construction in 2026.

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