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This Toronto condo will be developed by an all-female team

L&L Mag's MaryAnne Gilmartin wants to do a similar project with all women in NYC
June 02, 2019 02:00PM

Team leaders Taya Cook and Sheery Larjani and an aerial view of 689 The Queensway (Credit: Google Maps)

Team leaders Taya Cook and Sheery Larjani and an aerial view of 689 The Queensway (Credit: Google Maps)

A new condo in Toronto is being developed by a team comprising only of women.

Developers Taya Cook and Sherry Larjani have spent the last several months securing a team to work on their new condominium project, Reina, and everyone involved are women, reports Real Estate News Exchange (RENX) . That includes engineers, urban planners, construction managers and architects. The project will be the first in Canada developed by an all-female team.

Cook and Larjani were inspired to build their all-female team after reading an article about the Toronto construction business where not a single woman was mentioned. They hope “to create more visibility for women in real estate development, and to inspire younger women to see career possibilities,” according to a press release.

“It’s no longer just the condo kings who are impacting our city,” Cook later said in an interview with RENX.

L&L Mag’s MaryAnne Gilmartin has spoken to The Real Deal — most recently at TRD’s 12th annual New York City showcase — about doing a similar project with women in the Big Apple, which she’s dubbed the “She-building.

The Toronto condo will be constructed on the site of a former strip club, House of Lancaster. The controversial adult establishment, demolished last year, gained local infamy as the site of three shootings since 2013. [RENX] – Maya Blackstone