Tower Neighbourhood Renewal in Kingston Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) explores how people’s wellbeing is impacted by the intersections of where people live, how they use space, and the voice that they have in shaping their immediate surroundings.
Focused on the two apartment towers that connect with The Storefront’s lively hub at 4040 Lawrence Ave E, Tower Neighbourhood Renewal seeks to improve personal/community wellbeing through inclusive design processes and creative use of space.
TNR has gone through various phases that have focused on resident leadership, improvement of neighbourhood facilities, and increased access to green space.
Tower Neighbourhood Renewal is about to enter into its next phase Healthy by Design
Tower Neighbourhood Renewal and Healthy By Design
In order to turn resident aspiration for the environment in which they live into reality, The Storefront has joined forces with Healthy By Design a project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and co-ordinated across two sites (Scarborough and Weston) by Toronto Public Health.
The Healthy by Design, Active Apartment Neighbourhoods project, seeks to improve the built environment for those living in apartment towers to better support social interaction, physical activity, and to provide options for healthy eating. Project demonstration sites, including The Storefront, were selected at two of Toronto's older, high rise rental apartment towers, which are located in less walkable neighbourhoods where environmental factors are barriers to healthy living.
This 5-year project (2017-2022) has a “People and Process before Product” approach, meaning that authentic community-led design, resident led initiatives and facilitated interaction among players continue to be the focus. The resident identified improvements that are scheduled for the next few years include:
- Driveway realignment
- Park redistribution
- Pedestrian paths
- Increased access to school and park