The new Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) store is now open at 784 Sheppard Ave E, just east of Bessarion subway station.
This accessible location features two levels of underground parking and 18 covered bike parking stalls outside the front doors.
The environmentally-conscious building design makes use of natural light and efficient operation utilizing renewable energy sources.
The store comprises half of the site area, with the Park Towns--a 50-unit stacked townhouse complex--occupying the northern portion.
Rather than just putting up high-rise condo buildings, this comprehensive project integrates modest density, quality retail and substantial open space.
The new units are amenable to families, with about half consisting of 3+ bedrooms and over 90% being at least 2 bedrooms.
The townhouses are expected to be complete in February 2017.
Councillor Shiner at the MEC store grand opening with Sandy Treagus (right), CFO for MEC and Mark Cullen (left).
As a land owner with a stake in the community, Mark Cullen got in touch with Councillor Shiner when Sheridan Nurseries vacated the site. He was interested in doing something unique and positive for the area.
The MEC project aims to promote the outdoors and healthy, active living. It stands as an example of strong cooperation between the City, community and private sector.