February 2019 / Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Will New Condos be the End of Dairy Queen?

By Derek Pinder

The latest addition to the fleet of condos being launched along Kingston Road is a proposed mid-rise at 2880: corner of Kingston and Harewood. Artlife Developments are planning to construct a building of nine-storeys, plus an amenity level and mechanical penthouse. It will include 104 suites comprising 53 one-bedroom, 41 two-bedroom and ten three-bedroom units.   The three-level underground parking will provide spaces for 102 cars plus eight surface spaces at the rear of the building. There will also be 92 bicycle spaces. The new building will replace a block of low-rise commercial buildings including a used-car dealership, a work wear store and the popular Dairy Queen.

Councillor Gary Crawford has advised that discussions regarding the inclusion of Dairy Queen in the retail space are underway. Dairy Queen did not respond to a request for comment.

This will be the fourth new condo in Cliffside in recent years and promises to improve the appearance of the ugly intersection of Kingston Road and St. Clair Avenue. It is however a busy intersection which is controlled by three-phase traffic signals and has heavy pedestrian usage, particularly by students from the adjacent R.H. King Academy. It will be important to examine the impact of the development on road safety on the adjacent streets and this is likely to be a topic of discussion at the first public consultation which will probably be called in the coming months.

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