Monthly Archives: August 2011
We are pleased with press coverage of our program to help non-profits, and in particular, churches and other religious groups, to optimize their real estate assets. Our Cathedral Hill development is a great example of a church, the Anglican Diocese, leveraging its underused lands to create a new revenue stream to support its activities and provide much-needed resources to maintain and repair its existing cathedral.
The Ottawa Business Journal’s Elizabeth Howell wrote about our efforts, noting that heritage properties such as the Christ Church Cathedral are expensive properties to maintain, and shrinking, aging congregations have trouble shouldering that burden.
Jonathan Westeinde was interviewed on CBC’s Ottawa Morning on Aug. 29, detailing the approach Windmill is taking, through its affiliate BuildGreen Solutions. BuildGreen’s real estate optimization program for non-profits focuses on engaging with church groups and other non-profits with underused real estate assets to create a business plan for renovation or redevelopment.
Check out Reinventing Ottawa’s posts on Dockside Green… Local writer Kevin Bourne muses on what Lebreton Flats could have been, looking at Dockside Green as a model, and analyzes an article on Dockside in The Atlantic. We agree, and hope that the future plans for Lebreton Flats will include a host of green features and holistic, integrated design.
Kaid Benfield writes glowingly of our work, and that of our partners, at Dockside Green — in The Atlantic magazine, no less! Kaid is one of the creators of the LEED for Neighbourhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system, which rates new developments on walkability, reduced automobile dependence, green infrastructure and mix of uses. His profile is one of the most complete we’ve seen, and gives the reader a host of different perspectives on the project and links for further reading. Enjoy!