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On December 11th, 2013, Windmill Development Group hosted a public community consult regarding the development of Chaudière, Albert Island and the Gatineau waterfront. The primary objective of this consultation was to collect feedback and ideas from attendees pertaining to the Development Principles that are intended to guide this project.
We were excited to have approximately 900 attendees. Our team embarked on thousands of conversations, and received many good comments and suggestions, from which we have created a summary. Below is a link to our summary, which can also be found on our website.
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Windmill is extremely appreciative of, and grateful to, all of the guests who attended our community consultation and have expressed an interest in this project. We look forward to further collaboration with the public through the duration of this development.
Le 11 décembre 2013, le Groupe Développements Windmill a tenu une consultation publique sur le projet de développement immobilier pour l’île Chaudière, l’île Albert et les secteurs riverains de la rivière des Outaouais. Le principal objectif de la consultation était de recueillir des commentaires et des idées auprès des participants sur les principes de conception qui guideront l’exécution du projet.
Nous sommes très heureux que près de 900 personnes aient assisté à la consultation publique. Notre équipe a participé à des milliers de discussions et a reçu d’excellents commentaires et des suggestions pertinentes, que nous avons résumés dans un document. Vous trouverez ci-dessous un lien pour accéder à notre résumé, qui se trouve aussi sur notre site Web.
Cliquez ici pour le résumé
Windmill est extrêmement reconnaissant de l’engagement des personnes qui ont assisté à la consultation publique et qui ont exprimé leur intérêt à l’égard du projet. Nous sommes impatients de continuer cette belle collaboration avec la population tout au long du projet.
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First public consultation scheduled for December 11th, 2013
Ottawa, December 4, 2013 – After months of due diligence, Ottawa’s Windmill Development Group and Domtar have signed a definitive Agreement of Purchase and Sale (Agreement) for Domtar’s property on Ottawa’s Albert and Chaudière Islands and downtown Gatineau.
“Our vision is to create Canada’s most sustainable mixed-used community right here in the nation’s capital,” said Jonathan Westeinde, co-founder of the Windmill Development Group. “We plan to bring new life and energy to this once bustling heart of industry, and give the people of Ottawa and Gatineau a new way to experience and appreciate one of the great rivers of the world, the Ottawa.”
Through historically and environmentally sensitive redevelopment, Windmill, one of Canada’s greenest developers, plans to reinvent the area into a vibrant, world-class, sustainable, pedestrian-oriented mixed-use community.
The Agreement with Domtar commits Windmill to purchasing the property, with the only remaining condition being rezoning of the property for a mixed-use community-scale development. Windmill plans to present its planning application to Ottawa and Gatineau city councils in the spring. The financial terms of the Agreement are not being released at this stage.
“We are pleased to be transferring the stewardship and revitalization of this important redevelopment opportunity to Windmill. Windmill’s commitment to sustainability aligns with Domtar’s corporate mission and we are confident will result in a world-class development that will enhance the Nation’s Capital” said Stewart Marcoux, Vice President Asset Redeployment for Domtar.
As part of its due diligence process, Windmill consulted with a wide-range of groups, including the City of Gatineau and Ottawa, Energy Ottawa, the Government of Canada, the Algonquins of Ontario, the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg band of Algonquins, the National Capital Commission, the Ottawa Riverkeeper, Destination Gatineau, Ecology Ottawa, Heritage Canada Foundation and many others.
“The encouragement we’ve received from the National Capital Commission, the two cities, the Algonquin people, and the environmental community has been overwhelming. People are extremely enthusiastic to have something great happen at this location,” says Windmill partner Rodney Wilts.
Windmill will hold its first public consultation December 11th, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The public will have an opportunity to comment on Windmill’s development principles for the property. Registration for the event, and a preview of the development principles can be found at www.the-isles.ca or www.les-iles.ca.
Windmill Development Group will not be granting interviews at this time.
Media are invited to attend the December 11 public consultation at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Windmill will be giving two presentations in French and English, one at 6:00 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.
“I’m delighted to see that there is a plan being developed to revitalize an important piece of our local and national history. We need to find ways for this land to reach its full potential, and offer residents and visitors greater access to the Ottawa River, a national treasure. This is an opportunity to create a complete community that represents the Canada we dream of for the future: dynamic, livable and sustainable. We look forward to giving the plan careful consideration when it is presented to the City.” Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
“The successful realization of the full potential and urban revitalization of downtown Gatineau depends on the sustained commitment and involvement of all players. This land has been central to the region’s history, as a seat of Aboriginal culture, the birthplace of our first industries, and a place visited by every one of the great explorers. Carrying out such a project would help make the downtown the pride of all Gatineau residents.” Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau.
“Windmill’s plan to celebrate Chaudière Island’s historical significance and to bring new life and energy to the waterfront is completely aligned with our aspirations for that space and the region.” – Jean-François Trépanier, Chief Executive Officer, National Capital Commission
Windmill is a visionary company dedicated to transforming conventional development practices by ensuring that strong ecological, social and financial returns are achieved in all their projects. Every Windmill development is conceived, designed and constructed to protect and enhance the local community and its ecosystems. Windmill is the only developer in North America that has achieved LEED Platinum on all its mixed-use projects. The company’s founders have held prominent positions in the Canadian design, construction, brownfield and green real estate industry for more than 30 years, resulting in an unmatched value proposition when it comes to responsible urban infill and property revitalization. Sample completed projects include The Currents, a performing arts centre and modern condominium tower in Ottawa’s Wellington West neighborhood, Acqua & Vento, two mixed-use buildings in Calgary and Dockside Green, a 1.5 million square foot planned model sustainable community in Victoria that was named one of 16 Clinton Climate Initiative Climate Positive developments.
Windmill currently has two additional LEED Platinum target projects under construction in Ottawa: Cathedral Hill, a 140 unit mixed-use project located on the west end of Sparks Street in Ottawa and the Eddy, a 53-unit mixed-use project located in Hintonburg in Ottawa.
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Register for more information at www.les-iles.ca.
As Canada’s greenest real estate developer, Windmill projects converge their core values of integrity, sustainability and innovation. The ecological and environmental responsibility inherent in our project management approach allowed for the opportunity to participate in Enbridge’s Savings By Design campaign – a building initiative that subsidizes the Integrated Design Process and provides additional incentives for adopting green practices throughout the course of a building’s development. Learn more about this program here: www.savingsbydesign.ca
Using an Integrated Design Process, Windmill engaged a team of sustainability professionals who worked in collaboration to offer creative and innovative designs that partner sustainable structures with contemporary architecture. Inspired to make a difference in our communities, Windmill offers green features and practices in conjunction with the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification status such as innovative heating and cooling systems, tight building exterior (envelope), and quality appliances and lighting fixtures. These elements of design not only help minimize our carbon footprint but offer our homeowners real savings in lower energy bills, proving that the best ecological choices are also good economic choices. With new projects underway in Centretown and Hintonburg, Windmill buyers are sure to be seduced by the neighborhood charms and the modern conveniences of urban living.
Click here for a short video of how the Savings By Design program works and how Windmills’ commitment to a green lifestyle helps build stronger and healthier communities. You can be a pioneer in your community too by making one of Windmills’ spectacular green developments your home.
STATEMENT TO MEDIA
On July 15th, Ottawa-based Windmill Development Group signed a letter of intent to purchase the Domtar site on the Chaudière Islands.
Windmill is in the process of undertaking due diligence before any sale can be completed. We are optimistic that we will be in a position to make a formal announcement related to this potential purchase and our vision for the site in early September. Until the sale of the land has been confirmed, Windmill will not be granting interviews to media.
Windmill Developments is currently studying the suitability of the site for a mixed-use sustainable community. Residents and concerned parties can rest assured that Windmill takes its responsibility related to this historic and symbolic property extremely seriously. As with all of our projects, if we proceed we will be undertaking an extensive consultation process to ensure the views of interested parties are considered as part of our design process.
Our vision for the Chaudière Islands is to reinvent a historically rich, industrial space into a vibrant, world-class, sustainable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development. Through historically sensitive redevelopment, the Chaudière region can be reanimated to bring new life and energy to this once bustling heart of industry. The harmonious integration of modern sustainable infrastructure into the heritage fabric of the Isles has the potential to provide the people of Ottawa and Gatineau with a new way to experience and appreciate the natural splendor of the Ottawa River.
About Windmill Developments
Windmill Developments is an Ottawa-based real estate development firm, with an unparalleled expertise in highly sustainable developments, with a particular focus on remediating brownfield sites. Windmill Developments is best known for their Dockside Green development in Victoria, BC. Dockside was one of 18 developments around the globe recognized by the Clinton Climate Initiative as being ‘Climate Positive’, and was called potentially the world’s greenest community by The Atlantic magazine. Windmill Developments is the only company in Canada with a completed portfolio of LEED Platinum mixed-use developments. Current projects include Cathedral Hill (www.cathedralhill.ca), The Eddy (www.theeddy.ca), Union Lofts (www.unionlofts.ca), and Whitewater Village (www.whitewatervillage.ca). For more information on Windmill Developments visit www.windmilldevelopments.com.
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Dec. 4, 2012) – Ottawa-based residential developer Windmill Development Group has unveiled the condo of the future, a sustainable infill condominium building that marries stringent green innovation with modern design and genuine community improvement.
The Eddy is a six-storey, 57-unit condo development in the heart of Hintonburg, one of Ottawa’s fastest growing and hippest downtown neighbourhoods. The low-rise, angle-shaped building makes the most of the limited space of a former parking lot and serves as an innovative model for how developers and community associations can work together to make intensification work.
“Canada’s larger urban centres are embracing intensification to address population growth, optimize existing infrastructure and costs, and reduce traffic,” said Rodney Wilts, Development Manager, Windmill Development Group. “Our experience is that intensification doesn’t have to come at the expense of the community. With The Eddy, we are again proving that we can work within community design plans, while providing the most effective green technologies and visually appealing designs.”
“From consultation to design, Windmill’s project has helped us achieve our goals of encouraging new buildings that fit into the Wellington streetscape, and promoting an active, creative and involved community,” said Jay Baltz of the Hintonburg Community Association. “We truly believe that The Eddy and its residents will contribute to and improve our neighbourhood.”
Fabulous view a lure for eco-minded tower at Cathedral Hill project Cathedral Hill
The view is trumped by only that of Parliament Hill, but since you can’t live there, it’s no wonder buyers are already snapping up units at nearby Cathedral Hill.
Set atop the escarpment overlooking the Garden of the Provinces at the corner of Sparks Street and Bronson Avenue, the condo project has been designed precisely to take advantage of its location.
“Every corner of the building has a fantastic view,” says builder Jonathan Westeinde, president of Windmill Developments. Those views include the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills beyond, the Canadian War Museum, the Museum of Civilization and the parliamentary precinct.
But the contemporary 21-storey curved tower, along with accompanying townhomes and office tower, has also been designed to defer to Christ Church Cathedral, which has made its home on the site for 138 years. The Anglican Church chose to develop the land, bordered by Bronson, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and Sparks and Queen streets, to generate income for its ministries.
Architect Gordon Stratford, of HOK Toronto, and Windmill Developments have worked toward creating a residential complex that fades into the background, allowing the church to remain a dominant fixture on the site.
“We see the cathedral as being the really unique element,” Stratford said earlier this year. “We didn’t want anything that would fight with the building. We wanted to respect and work with the heritage on the site.”
Westeinde says the condo tower has “got a shape that’s unique, but materials that sort of make it look opaque.”
Development of the site aims to transform a patchwork of parking lots and historic structures into a coherent urban block that integrates contemporary buildings with the cathedral.
Roper House, which serves as the bishop’s office and sales centre for the project, is preserved, along with Lauder Hall, a century-old building housing church offices and choir space. Also retained are the façades of two semi-detached houses that face Queen Street, which will front two of the 10 townhomes in the project.
What makes the project work is the demolition of Cathedral Hall, a 1950s building on Sparks Street. Replacing it will be a set of eight townhomes — the only residential addresses in the city to have a Sparks Street address — that will integrate into the condo tower behind them, allowing for a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape. A new parish hall is to be built by Windmill in the centre of the site.
After some give and take with the city’s urban design review panel to ensure the project would not overshadow the cathedral — the site is a designated heritage district — the development launched Tuesday, with almost 75 per cent of the 108 units that have been released already reserved. The tower will have 135 units in all.
Cathedral Hill is the seventh multi-residential project for Windmill Developments, an Ottawa-based, ecologically minded company founded in 2003. An industry leader in green building, all of Windmill’s residential projects, most of which are in Western Canada, have been built to at least LEED platinum standards, the highest level for green building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Windmill is aiming for a LEED platinum designation with Cathedral Hill as well.
Forward thinking and innovation are two traits prized by Westeinde, a founding board member of the Canada Green Building Council.
“All of our projects have really pushed the bar a bit,” he says. “It brings a fair bit of innovation into the industry and moves that forward.”
That innovation is evident in the plans for Cathedral Hill.
Besides green building materials and practices, all of the units will have high-end kitchens with low-VOC cabinetry — “the one thing we really emphasize with our buildings is indoor air quality,” Westeinde says — high-efficiency, European-style appliances with hidden dishwasher and fridge, pull-up upper cabinets (one of the few upgrades) and Caesarstone or quartz countertops.
The kitchens were custom-designed by Toronto interior designer Andrea Kantelberg, who focuses on sustainable and green design options. “This isn’t a run-of-the-mill kitchen that you could just go buy anywhere,” says Westeinde.
Units will also feature hardwood and tile flooring, high-efficiency toilets and fixtures that use about 50-per-cent less water, glassed-in shower and soaker tub with Corian surround.
Another innovative option in some suites is a NanaWall, which replaces a standard patio door with a wall of glass that can be completely opened — a plus when dealing with smaller spaces. “You could basically just open up your suite right to the outdoors,” says Westeinde.
Cathedral Hill is aimed at empty nesters and executives, with floor plans larger than the smaller, more affordable condos aimed at first-time buyers. Units are one or two bedrooms, some with a den, and range from 638 square feet to 1,422 square feet. There is also the option of combining units if purchased before construction starts.
“If we just wanted to sell this thing we’d make them small, but we designed them intentionally to try to cater more toward the emptynester,” says Westeinde.
“So when we put our design together we already did designs that combined units so people could see … the option.”
Windmill has not yet released the upper-floor penthouses, terrace units, some lower-floor units and the townhouses.
Townhome residents will have access to amenities of the condo tower, which will include rooftop garden plots, a fitness centre, a movie theatre, wine storage, a dog washing room, an electric car charging station and a concierge.
Windmill is hoping to begin construction in February or March, with a fall 2013 occupancy.What: Condo tower and townhome development with one- and two-bedroom units, some with dens (townhomes to be released later)
Price: Starting from $275,793; condo fees estimated at 42 cents per square foot per month
Where: Sales centre located at Roper House, beside Christ Church Cathedral at Queen Street and Bronson Avenue, entrance off Queen
Hours: Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends, noon to 5 p.m.; otherwise by appointment
Information: Call 613-566-7010 or visit cathedralhill.ca
Cathedral Hill is set to raise the bar on urban living when it opens in Fall 2013
Ottawa, ON, November 1, 2011 – Cathedral Hill, the newest condominium tower from Windmill Development Group, is poised to dominate Ottawa’s real estate market in the coming months. Centrally located on Sparks Street, west of Bay, the sophisticated 21-storey building offers the perfect blend of history and contemporary elegance.
Windmill’s development philosophy and vision resonated strongly with the Anglican diocese. The Church and diocese were seeking the right partner to develop the land surrounding the 138-year-old Christ Church to generate income for its ministries and to pay for the ongoing restoration of the heritage building. Cathedral Hill is a designated heritage district, and Windmill’s new development will be sensitive and complementary.
Designed by world-renowned architect Gordon Stratford of HOK, these urban condominiums combine the vibrancy and convenience of downtown living, with the calmness and serenity of their natural green surroundings. Each of the 140 luxurious condominiums—including one- and two-bedroom units, many with dens, as well as townhomes and penthouses—offers: stunning views of the Ottawa River, Gatineau Park, Parliament Hill and Sparks Street; striking and sophisticated modern architecture that respects the site’s heritage; and contemporary interior design with exceptional attention to detail.
Cathedral Hill also provides full lifestyle amenities, including:
- Fully outfitted fitness centre with showers and change rooms
- Relaxing steam room and sauna
- Multi-use studio ideal for activities such as yoga
- Entertainment lounge with full caterer’s kitchen and terrace
- Movie theatre
- Professional wine storage room
- Concierge at your service
- Rooftop garden with small gardening plots available for purchase
- Covered and secure bicycle parking
- Spacious ski and bike tuning room
- Outfitted mud/dog washing room
- Project rooms offering the perfect location to work on hobbies or crafts
- Two deluxe guest suites for overnight guest accommodation
- Electric car charging station
- Moving/holding room offering temporary storage space
- Access to an executive boardroom
The building’s features and finishes include:
- Stylish solid core entry door with stained veneer finish and quality hardware
- 9 ft. ceilings with smooth finish (no stipple)
- Engineered hardwood flooring
- Ceramic tile in all bathrooms
- Low VOC paint throughout
- 4” painted baseboards
- Modern wood veneer and/or high gloss kitchen cupboard with soft closing hardware
- Caesarstone or Quartz kitchen countertops
- Quartz or ceramic mosaic backspash
- Undermount stainless steel kitchen sink and modern styled single lever chrome kitchen faucet
- Modern wood veneer and/or high gloss bathroom cupboards
- European-styled integrated kitchen with electric cooktop, 5 Energy Star rated appliances in stainless steel with panel fronts to match cabinets
- Tiled bathroom walls and floors, glass showers
- Integrated custom Corian bathroom sinks and counters
- Bathroom fixtures:
- faucets and shower assembly in chrome finish
- Proficiency toilets
- acrylic tubs
- soaker tub with Corian surround
- European-style combination Energy Star washer/dryer unit with condensing dryer
As with all Windmill buildings, Cathedral Hill will be LEED certified (targeting LEED Gold minimum). The company is the only Canadian developer of residential condominiums to achieve LEED Platinum certification, a standard that reduces the cost to consumers and the impact to the environment. By harnessing innovations in land use, water, air, energy, design, waste management and smart building technologies, Windmill is able to create healthy, high-performance green buildings and communities that consume as little energy as possible and feature only the most environmentally friendly materials, fixtures and appliances.
In addition, Cathedral Hill will incorporate methods to reuse water, including the collection and storage of rainwater for toilets and landscaping needs. It will also promote green modes of transportation. The tower is situated near the city’s major bus routes and future LRT station and will also provide secure bicycle storage rooms, plug-ins for alternative fuel vehicles and an on-site car-share service.
The stunning presentation centre off Queen Street, is now open, and Windmill is extremely pleased with the market response to date.
Cathedral Hill is anticipating a Fall 2013 occupancy. Building on Windmill’s impressive track record, this project promises to be one of the most healthy, environmentally friendly and sought-after condominiums in Canada. To learn more about Cathedral Hill can call 613-566-7010 or visit www.cathedralhill.ca.
Windmill is a visionary company dedicated to transforming conventional development practices by ensuring that strong ecological, social and financial returns are achieved in all their projects. Every Windmill development is conceived, designed and constructed to protect and enhance the local community and its ecosystems. The company’s founders have held prominent positions in the Canadian design, construction, brownfield and green real estate industry for more than 30 years, resulting in an unmatched value proposition when it comes to responsible urban infill and property revitalization. Completed projects include The Currents, a performing arts centre and modern condominium tower in Ottawa’s Wellington West neighbourhood, and Dockside Green, a model sustainable community in Victoria that was named one of 16 Clinton Climate Initiative Climate Positive developments.
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613-820-5600 ext. 158
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.