TAS sets a fresh tone for Downsview Park with a contemporary Teeple-designed mid-rise
Toronto: Nestled between Downsview Park and an extensive forested ravine system,
TAS’s latest mid-rise development, The Keeley, brings interconnected greenspaces and a
new urban identity to North York. The 12-storey residence located on Keele Street, just
south of Sheppard Avenue, will set a fresh tone for a community that is primed to emerge
as one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods outside the core.
“The Keeley is a piece of a bigger vision of what a new urban mixed-use community
around Downsview Park could look like,” says TAS President and CEO Mazyar
Mortazavi, who has a history of identifying and uncovering the next big neighbourhoods in
Toronto, including The Junction and King West. “It’s not hard to imagine five years out incredible social and physical infrastructure, including the new Downsview TTC and GO
stations, York University and Centennial College campuses and Humber River Hospital.”
TAS enlisted Teeple Architects to bring an energy-efficient contemporary urban design to
An eye-catching red and white brick facade with punched windows adds
a natural quality to the building while referencing the 1960s architecture of the homes that
surround the site. “The Keeley provides a dynamic backdrop for Downsview Park,
signaling the start of a new identity for the massive parkland in the heart of Toronto,” says
Martin Baron of Teeple Architects.
With over 15 km of ravine trails just outside the building to the west, and a major
civic park across the street to the east, careful attention was paid to the pedestrian
realm and how the building connects to neighbouring amenities. The Keeley will also
feature corner retail at street level which TAS believes is an essential component in
Fostering a sense of community inside the building, The Keeley was designed with multiple opportunities for residents to stop, sit and talk with their neighbours. Extra-
large elevator lobbies were designed on each floor. The main staircase will be larger than a standard condo stairwell and will feature skylights with fully appointed interiors
that extends into the lobby, creating an essential amenity and social space for
Highlighting The Keeley’s unique connection to greenspace, a transparent lobby with
glazing on all sides provides strong sightlines to Downsview Park and a thoughtfully
landscaped private courtyard. Amenity spaces are enclosed by glass and act as an “We took inspiration from hotel lobbies in Japan, where lots of activity spills into
smaller more intimate spaces that can also be connected to accommodate larger
social gatherings,” says Michael Krus of TACT Design.
The Keeley is embedded in a multi-generational neighbourhood. Designed to
accommodate the diverse lifestyles of residents, 6650 sq. ft. of amenity space is
broken into 12 distinct spaces and spread throughout the building. “We wanted The
Keeley’s amenity spaces to feel more like an extension of rooms found in people’s
homes,” says Mortazavi.
From tutoring rooms to co-working spaces and family rooms, each space is carefully
articulated with a warm modern aesthetic.
“At TAS, we view real estate as a vehicle for driving impact and change. In addition
to creating new homes, we need to shift the lens to what is being programmed inside
these new spaces and around it. With The Keeley we wanted to create a feeling of a
modern village for people of all ages,” says Mortazavi.
The Keeley offers one-bedroom to three-bedroom units ranging from 500 sq. ft. to
1500 sq. ft. starting from the mid $300s. To register visit: TheKeeleyCondos.ca
TAS are developers of mixed-use buildings and entrepreneurs for the public good.
They believe as city builders, they are responsible for supporting the local economy,
celebrating diverse forms of art and culture, and fostering positive relationships
within neighbourhoods. In addition, their buildings are designed to minimize their
environmental footprint. Previous condo developments include Kingston&Co.They also own commercial spaces inside charming brick-and-beam buildings, including 1655 Dupont and 860 Richmond, that are also revitalizing neighbourhoods with tenants such as tech startups and family education services.