Toronto’s cityscape is undergoing a rapid transformation, and Context is proud to be at the forefront of that change. As the city trends more and more to a walkable, transit-oriented living environment, the company focused on designing and constructing buildings and communities that reflect these ideals. To do so, it has based its development strategy on three core pillars: quality design, sustainability and innovative city planning.
Founded in 1997 by partners Stephen Gross and Howard Cohen, Context has been a driving force behind the development intensification in both Downtown Toronto and in several outlying neighborhoods. They have particularly emphasized the importance of good transit connections, which increase livability and pedestrian-friendliess (while also lessening dependence on cars), and this is a recurring theme in the company’s projects. Gross and Cohen have also ensured that Context takes full advantage of the latest innovations in sustainable construction and design, with the result that a number of the company’s buildings have achieved either LEED Gold or Silver certification. Finally, the company has been the recipient of a bevy of awards, including ones from noted industry organizations BILD, Urban Land Institute, the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada.
Library District Condos. Completed in 2014, this 29-storey, 364-unit condominium building is an integral part of the dense new residential community being formed along Fort York Boulevard. Several streetcar routes are within walking distance, while Billy Bishop Airport and a variety of parks and recreational are also easily accessible. Available amenities include an outdoor terrace, steam and exercise rooms, as well as guest suites.
Market Wharf. With a location just steps away from St. Lawrence Market and a variety of other popular downtown amenities, employment centres and transit options, this 34-storey condominium tower embodies all of Context’s core principles. Residents will have no need for a car, with a wealth of streetcar lines, subway stations and Union Station itself all within walking distance.