On October 20, the official ground-breaking ceremony took place for the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Kingston Road YMCA, in an area known as The Beach. The new facility will be built on the site of the former East City YMCA, which had only a few programming rooms and served 400 members. Bolstered by a $500,000 gift from long-time Beach residents/philanthropists Eric Tripp and Maria Smith, the Kingston Road YMCA will be 60,000 square feet, will serve more than 5,000 members, and is being designed and built in consultation with the community.
The project also marks the first time in Ontario that a mixed-use project incorporates residential units built on top of a YMCA. Those efforts have created not only a residential/commercial partnership, but a series of green initiatives that reduce the energy and environmental footprint of the building, says developer Mitchell Lofts. They include an extensive green roof, on-site storm water retention, LED lighting in suites and common elements, high-efficiency heat pumps utilizing energy balancing and heat recovery with the YMCA, and parking spaces prepped for electric car power conversion.