New condo coming to award-winning Canary District in West Don Lands’ will offer bigger suites, kids’ playroom

Much has changed for Hanley Koo since he bought his small, one-bedroom condo in Toronto’s Canary District in early 2016.
He was a single bachelor just beginning his career in real estate and preparing to live in the budding West Don Lands neighbourhood that was still very much a vision at the time.
Since then, more than 800 units across four towers, initially used as Pan Am athletes’ dorms, have been converted to residential suites. In total, there will be five condominiums, more than 3,000 units and some 5,000 residents when the Canary District is complete.
“It’s really starting to come alive,” says Koo, 28.
Over the last year, the Canary District has “transformed,” he says, and now includes everything from outdoor Crossfit classes under the bridge at lower Bayview Ave., to residents walking dogs and pushing strollers through Corktown Common Park.
Koo’s personal life has transformed, too. Soon after buying the one-bedroom unit, he started dating Erica Chan, a 27-year-old financial recruiter, and in early 2017, she joined him in the 491-square-foot space.