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KMCLT Mission

The Kensington Market Community Land Trust is incorporated to acquire and provide for the management of land, in perpetuity, in the area bounded by the west side of Spadina Avenue, the south side of College Street, the east side of Bathurst Street, and the north side of Dundas Street, (Toronto’s Kensington Market). It removes property from the pressure of the commercial real estate market, with the overarching goal of land use for local community benefit, including but not limited to:

  • the provision of affordable housing
  • maintenance of the historical built form and eclectic mixed-use nature that characterizes the neighbourhood
  • the continued presence of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds in the residents and businesses populating the area

Brief History of the KMCLT

The Kensington Market Community Land Trust [KMCLT] was incorporated as a community-based Non-Profit Corporation in December, 2017, after several years of discussion and organizing led by ‘Friends of Kensington Market’.

In April, 2018, KMCLT sponsored a ‘Community Visioning’ session, bringing together a wide range of neighbourhood residents and business people to develop a vision and principles to guide the redevelopment of the City-owned parking lot on Bellevue Avenue.

Since that time, KMCLT has been working with the City of Toronto and a team of community organizations to make the Bellevue site available for redevelopment, as well as pursuing other opportunities to maintain Kensington’s character and preserve and expand affordability.

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