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As bizarre as it may seem for a 95-story skyscraper to get lost in the shuffle, Concord Adex is working hard to differentiate its new Sky project from the clutch of booming condos coming to downtown Toronto.

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Soaring 299 meters above the intersection of Yonge and Gerrard, the angular work of glass panels by New York’s KPF Architects joins super-tall projects including Pinnacle’s 95-story, 312-metre Skytower International ; The One by Mizrahi Developments, which measures 94 stories and 338 meters; and a development request at 1200 Bay St. which calls for 87 floors rising to 324 meters.

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With all of this action above the city streets, Concord shines a spotlight on Sky’s features at street level. “Condominium residents want large, secure facilities where they can store and maintain their bikes,” said Isaac Chan, Concord’s vice president of sales and marketing. “That’s why we include a whole host of gear that can really increase the fun, efficiency and safety of the cycling lifestyle.”

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These include an equipment room for residents to tune and tinker with their bikes, snowboards or skis using shared tools; a bike wash station; a lift dedicated to bicycles for direct access to the street; storage lockers for bicycles; and a bike simulator training room so residents have the opportunity to exercise indoors when it’s cold or rainy outside.

The audience for this equipment is large and growing. According to a recent report from the City of Toronto, cycling has exploded in popularity over the past 20 years. From 1999 to 2019, the percentage of reported cyclists in Toronto increased from 48% to 70%. This increase has also led to an increase in bicycle theft, with Toronto police data revealing nearly 4,000 bicycles were stolen in 2020, about three times as many as in 2014.

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Beyond the bikes, Sky’s amenity package reflects the diverse population that Chan says will occupy 1,100 suites ranging from studios to two-bedrooms and dens. Spread over three floors, it includes a fitness center, an outdoor infinity pool and lounge, a theater room, a meeting room, a party lounge, a library, a café-bar, suites to be booked for overnight guests and charging stations for electric vehicles.

“Sky is such a large project in such a central location that it’s hard to determine which suite amenities and features will appeal most to the most residents,” Chan says. “So we’re taking a kitchen sink approach.”

Amenities for cyclists at Concord Sky will include bike lockers, a dedicated bike lift and a Gear Room (pictured here), where residents can set up their ride using shared tools.
Amenities for cyclists at Concord Sky will include bike lockers, a dedicated bike lift and a Gear Room (pictured here), where residents can set up their ride using shared tools. Photo by Photo courtesy of Concord Adex

Speaking of kitchen sinks, those in the 1,100 Concord Sky suites are stainless steel, mounted under quartz stone slab countertops, and outfitted with polished chrome or hard graphite faucets with pull-out sprayers. The kitchen cabinets feature soft closing hardware and under cabinet lighting illuminating the large format quartz engineered stone backsplashes and gas cook tops, while accent lighting above cabinetry highlights the nine-foot ceilings in the living areas with laminate flooring.

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Quartz and sleek lighting join large-format porcelain tile floors in bathrooms, where there are soaking tubs, glass-framed walk-in shower stalls, and drawers with built-in organizers.

Another point of differentiation, Chan says, is the Concord BioSpace multi-layer system that will be installed throughout the building, designed to improve airflow, filtration and UV disinfection. BioSpace also allows residents to make contactless trips from sidewalk to sidewalk using their mobile phone to monitor key entry points and high traffic common areas, lock and unlock doors, schedule automated package delivery and call one of 11 high-speed elevators.

Sequels start in the $700,000s. For more information, visit www.concordsky.ca or call 416-813-0999.

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