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Stone Abbey Residence blends boutique luxury with social good, delivering intensification and improved community space to Old Ottawa South
November 4, 2021 (Ottawa, ON) – Inspired by the One Planet Living principles, Windmill Developments (Windmill) broke ground on a new pipeline of comprehensive, community-focused developments yesterday, marking the occasion with a small ceremony at Southminster United Church in Old Ottawa South.
Stoneabbey ground breaking

Pictured left to right: Jordan Cloutier (PCL Construction), Craig Piche (South Minister United Church), Andrew Brewin (South Minister United Church), Rheal Labelle (Hobin Architecture), Jonathan Westeinde (Windmill Developments), Justin George (Windmill Developments), Barry Hobin (Hobin Architecture).

Flanked by members of the Church, Windmill CEO Jonathan Westeinde was on site to celebrate this important collaboration and the start of construction of the Stone Abbey Residences. The development will introduce a six-storey, nineteen-unit, boutique building onto a severed piece of the church’s property. To ensure the Church’s longevity and continued operations, Windmill advanced a portion of the development proceeds ahead of the new Stone Abbey building being constructed to revitalize the 90-year-old church, which remains a vibrant, vital part of the community. Church improvements included relocating community meeting space into the full renovated basement of the original structure and improving overall building systems and performance.

“Seeing the initiative for redeveloping our space come to fruition is a truly rewarding milestone for our congregation.  This is the next milestone in a positive and rewarding collaboration with Windmill Developments,” says Andrew Brewin, Co-Treasurer and Chair of the Redevelopment Committee of Southminister Church. “We are excited to see this development raise the profile of this corner of Ottawa  between the canal, Bank Street and Aylmer, not only as an historic landmark but also as an important new component of our community.”

“We’re excited to be breaking ground on Stone Abbey and delivering a gentle mix of density into an in-demand neighbourhood in South Ottawa while also fortifying operations for a significant community hub,” says Westeinde. “This groundbreaking is particularly noteworthy for Windmill, because it represents the first project in our pipeline to receive funding from the One Planet Living Fund. As developers with deep roots in Ottawa, we recognize that our industry needs to shift how we build to better deal with the demands of both climate change and the housing crisis. The ten One Planet Living principles that inform this development embrace both social and ecological innovation, offering a viable path forward for all builders.”

Launched as a partnership between Epic Investment Services and Windmill, the One Planet Living Fund is a closed-end, mixed-use opportunistic real estate development impact fund designed to accelerate the implementation of impact investing principles in real estate while generating market returns. By launching The Fund, Windmill and Epic are hoping to popularize the adoption of the One Planet Living framework across Canada and North America with an initial focus in Ottawa and the Greater Toronto Area.

Stone Abbey is one of three projects to receive contributions from The Fund and the first to break ground. Other projects in the billion-dollar pipeline include Baker District in Guelph, Ontario and a site-intensification partnership with Parkway House in Ottawa.

Stone Abbey Rendering

Stone Abbey is a rare residence that will provide demonstrable impact via enhanced community services, as well as a low ecological footprint, while still delivering market-leading luxury with expertly curated suites.

Designed by Hobin Architecture and Michael London Design, Stone Abbey residences will range in size from 685 to 2,360 square feet. Blending the traditional architecture of the existing church with contemporary design, Stone Abbey embodies intimate sophistication centred upon wellness, beauty, and community connection. A rooftop terrace offers future residents expansive scenic views of the canal, as well as community gardening plots. Along with adopting the principles of the One Planet Living framework, Stone Abbey will be targeting a LEED Platinum Certification, with plans to include geothermal heating and cooling.

Stone Abbey is a rare residence that will provide demonstrable impact via enhanced community services, as well as a low ecological footprint, while still delivering market-leading luxury with expertly curated suites starting from $1.1 million.

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Windmill Development Group (“Windmill”) is a visionary company dedicated to transforming conventional development practices by using a triple bottom line approach to projects, ensuring strong ecological, social and financial returns. Everything Windmill does is conceived, designed and constructed to protect and enhance the local community and its ecosystems. They harness innovations in land use, water, air, energy, design, waste management and smart building technologies to create healthy, high-performance green buildings and communities.

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People check out some of the concept images of the Baker District during a public meeting on Thursday afternoon. - Graeme McNaughton/Metroland

People check out some of the concept images of the Baker District during a public meeting on Thursday afternoon. – Graeme McNaughton/Metroland

It was standing room only at the first of two public meetings Thursday on plans to revitalize part of the downtown core.

Once it is complete, the Baker District will be home to the new main branch of the library, along with hundreds of new residential units, a yet-to-be determined institutional partner and more.

But first, the City of Guelph — along with its partners in the project, Windmill Development Group and consultant Invizij Architects — wanted to lay out how far things have come, and how much further they have to go.

“This is 10 years in the making,” Martin Jewitt, the city’s portfolio development program manager, told the 100 or so people packed into the Co-operators Hall at the River Run Centre for the meeting.

“We’re happy that we’re finally moving this forward.”

Jewitt said next year will see more concrete plans for the proposal, including final budgets and designs. Part of those determinations will be borne out of a series of public consultations over the coming months.

On the city’s end of things, those consultations will include another open house in June 2019, shortly before final plans on Baker District go to council for approval.

There are also plans for community workshops in January and March, pop-up engagement sessions on Dec. 10 and a graffiti wall at the main library branch, where residents can share their ideas on what they think the new Baker District and library should be.

All of those components, in one form or another, will also be conducted online.

Another issue discussed Thursday afternoon was the final look of the project. While several concept images were shared with the public when Windmill was announced as the city’s partner in July, both the developer and the project’s architect said those will change.

“These are concepts that are by no means set in stone,” Jonathan Westeinde, Windmill’s CEO, told the crowd, adding that public feedback will go into the vision of the project going to council next summer.

Westeinde also touted the company’s plans for making the project environmentally friendly — many of his company’s past projects are LEED Platinum certified, the highest certification available from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — but added thing will be taken a step further in Guelph.

Created by the U.K.-based Bioregional, One Planet Living is a list of principles that developers can use, such as zero carbon energy and zero waste, and encouraging walking communities and using materials from sustainable sources.

Baker District would be the second project in the country to be built as a One Planet Living community. The Zibi development, a planned 2,500-home project in Ottawa also by Windmill, is currently the sole Canada One Planet Living community.

Steve Kraft, the CEO of Guelph Public Library, confirmed the size of the new library at three storeys, and that there will be an institutional partner on the project.

“I see it as bringing real activity to this part of the city,” he said.

While an institutional partner for Baker has not yet been announced — Jewitt said that will be determined before plans come back to council next year — YMCA-YWCA of Guelph has expressed an interest in moving into the downtown core, recently launching a phone survey on the issue.

Several years ago, the Y said it would like space in the Baker Street development. Speaking recently with the Mercury Tribune, Geoff Vogt, chief executive officer of the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph, said that while Baker District is still a consideration, the Y is not yet committed to the project.

More information on this project is posted online at

By Graeme NcNaughton
Graeme McNaughton is a reporter/photographer with the Guelph Mercury Tribune.

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What a year! With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all the best in the coming year and take a look back on some of our major 2016 milestones.

Since we launched Zibi in 2014, we have been hard at work creating this unique community. Winner of national and international awards for its master plan, Zibi has been called “an excellent example for the planning profession of neighbourhood planning” by the Canadian Institute of Planners and “a vibrant, world-class sustainable community where the public will be able to live, play, and work alongside a vibrant waterfront” by the American Planning Association.

The Cirque is coming to town
Starting August 2017, Zibi is ecstatic to play host to Cirque du Soleil, one of the most culturally revered institutions, and a homegrown one at that. Last December 7th we were honoured to welcome Cirque du Soleil President and CEO Daniel Lamarre as he announced—alongside our partners Dream Unlimited Corp., the City of Gatineau, and the Place des festivals—that their new touring show VOLTA will touching down for 31 performances at Zibi in 2017. Yet another thrilling event to add to the already stacked events calendar surrounding the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Play at Zibi
Zibi is already positioning itself as a vital economic and community hub, having hosted a number of key Ottawa-Gatineau events throughout the year. From cultural beacons such as Bluesfest and Latin Sparks Island Edition, to family-friendly events such as Pop-Up Cinema and Zibi’s own Taste of Gatineau Food Fair and the Wellbeing Day, Zibi is poised to become even busier in the year to come. Be sure to register to be in the know!

Live at Zibi
With only a few units left at O in Gatineau and Kanaal in Ontario, including a few enviable new floor plans at Kanaal, there isn’t much time left to join the select tastemakers who’ve already decided to make Zibi their home. And with other exciting developments on the way, you’ll want to get in now.

We are very proud to announce that Christopher Simmonds Architect was awarded first place in the “Highrise building, 50 units or more” category for the design of The Eddy during GOHBA’s 33rd annual Housing Design Awards. The talented firm took home a total of 7 awards at this years’ gala and we are proud to be a longstanding partner.

Buy now and get FREE parking
We’re down to our last 2 units! Buy before December 31st, 2016 and get FREE PARKING in The Eddy’s state of the art automated puzzle parking garage – basically your own valet service! Contact or call 613-422-5834 for tours and information.

All current purchasers have taken occupancy at Cathedral Hill, solidifying its place as Ottawa’s premiere luxury residence. And one of Cathedral Hill’s most popular—and previously sold-out—units is now back on the market. Located on the 16th floor, “The Champlain” features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a private balcony with stunning views. Act fast!

The newly relaunched Arch Lofts, located in the vibrant family-friendly neighbourhood at Perth and Wallace Street in Toronto, presents a rare opportunity to live in a historic setting at just the right scale. Discover 39 individual lofts nestled in the converted church or in the newly-built vestry. With prices starting in the mid $300s and occupancy slated for 2017, you’ll want to find out more at or contact Paul Johnson at 416-800-8796 or at

Whitewater Village, located 1 hour west of Ottawa, offers the traditional benefits of cottage ownership at reduced cost, all while avoiding the hassle of maintenance and security responsibilities. Our eco-luxury cottages provide a carefree investment, ensuring you are able to enjoy your leisure time arrival to departure. Call 1-866-298-3333, or email Jason at today to learn more about Whitewater Village cottages and book a site tour.

Through staff and sponsorships, Windmill has raised over $17,000 toward the following fundraisers and charitable social initiatives: Breast Cancer Society of Canada; Algonquin College Canadian Cancer Society; Sisters of Charity of Ottawa; EV Day; Alison Azer; Refugee Sponsorship Support Program; Environmental Defense – Smart Growth; Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa; Pediatrie social Gatineau; Movember charity for men’s health; Ottawa Riverkeeper; Staff clothing drives for Refugee programs.

And through composting and recycling at our offices and on-site events we have managed to divert several tons of waste away from landfills. For the second year in a row our staff celebrated Earth Day by handing out 2500 trees on the streets of Ottawa and Gatineau. Just a few of our sustainable initiatives that highlight out commitment to the environment.

We have a great team here at Windmill, and with additional projects underway, we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.

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Brand new show VOLTA to be presented at Zibi starting August 2017

Gatineau, December 7, 2016 – Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp., in partnership with La Ville de Gatineau and Place des Festivals are pleased to announce they have signed an agreement to host the Cirque du Soleil at Zibi starting in August 2017.

The Cirque du Soleil will bring its brand new touring show to the Ottawa-Gatineau region, VOLTA, which will take place this summer coinciding with Gatineau 2017 ‘s exciting activities to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“We are proud to welcome this international cultural icon to Zibi, and the thousands of visitors and tourists who will come to experience VOLTA,” said Jeff Westeinde, Executive Chairman of the Windmill Development Group. “It has been a shared vision for us and la Ville de Gatineau to see Zibi play a central role in the revitalization of downtown Gatineau and its riverfront.”

“We are extremely excited about this announcement and believe that having a relationship with such an important cultural icon such as Cirque du Soleil is vital in redefining the Ottawa-Gatineau region as a culturally thriving metropolis,” said Daniel Marinovic, Senior Vice President, Dream Unlimited Corp.

After welcoming over 60 landmark socio-cultural events such as MEGAPHONO, Latin Sparks Island Edition, and the RBC Bluesfest, Zibi is proud to reinforce its position as an important cultural hub.

From August 3rd to 27th 2017, Ottawa-Gatineau residents and tourists alike will have the chance to attend one of the 31 performances of VOLTA, each with a capacity of nearly 2500 people. 2017 is sure to be a banner year for Ottawa-Gatineau tourism, and VOLTA opens the possibility of more Cirque du Soleil shows to come over the next six years.

Gatineau’s municipal council yesterday approved a $300,000 investment to help transform the site into the Place des Festivals’ new temporary home, and allow it to welcome the Cirque du Soleil in August 2017. Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp.  will be investing an additional $400,000 on the Zibi site to complete the necessary work.

“I am proud to partner with Dream Unlimited Corp. and Windmill Development Group on this announcement today,” said Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin. “We have always viewed Zibi as a cultural and economic partner for our revitalized downtown, today’s announcement cements this role.”

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Zibi receives prestigious international award for planning and design

Becomes one of the most decorated community plans in the world


Ottawa, September 16, 2016Zibi, a redevelopment project in the heart of the national capital with aspirations of becoming the world’s most sustainable community, has received the International Society of City and Regional Planners’ (ISOCARP) award of excellence for planning and design.

The award – the highest bestowed by the organization – was presented yesterday to Zibi developers Windmill Developments and Dream Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM), and their partner FOTENN Planning + Design, at ISOCARP’s International Congress in Durban, South Africa.

The ISOCARP Award For Excellence rewards plans with a strong focus on sustainability, innovation, regeneration and resilience. An international jury of ISOCARP members evaluated the submissions, and chose Zibi as the best plan.

The plans for Zibi have also recently received awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners and the American Planning Association, making it one of the most decorated community plans on the planet.

“With this award, our peers from around the world have again confirmed that our plans for Zibi are truly world-class,” said Rodney Wilts, partner at Windmill Developments. “This One Planet urban community, along with LRT and Lebreton Flats, will help propel Ottawa and Gatineau to the next level on the world stage.”

Over the next 15 years, Zibi will transform the long-vacant industrial lands straddling Ottawa and Gatineau into a complete waterfront community that blends low- and high-rise residential buildings, restaurants, pubs, merchants and office spaces, unique plazas and outdoor squares, recreational facilities, a hotel, and much more.

“We are very honoured to have received this award,” said Jason Lester, Senior Vice President of Urban Development at Dream. “ Our team is passionate about realizing the vision of a unique and unparalleled community at Zibi.”


About Windmill Development Group

Windmill is a visionary company dedicated to transforming conventional development practices by ensuring that exemplary 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 our ecosystem. Windmill is the only developer in North America to have achieved LEED Platinum on all its mixed-use projects. 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.


About Dream Unlimited Corp.

Dream (TSX:DRM) is one of Canada’s leading real estate companies with approximately $15 billion of assets under management in North America and Europe. The scope of the business includes residential land development, housing and condominium development, asset management for three TSX-listed real estate investment trusts and one TSX-listed diversified, hard asset alternatives trust, investments in and management of Canadian renewable energy infrastructure and commercial property ownership. Dream has an established track record for being innovative and for its ability to source, structure and execute on compelling investment opportunities.



Fotenn is an award-winning planning and urban design firm with offices in, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto. Established in 1992, Fotenn now has more than 35 planning, landscape architecture, architecture and urban design staff engaged in projects across the country.

We maintain a balance of public and private work ranging from individuals and large private sector firms to all three levels of government. Fotenn is committed to providing a responsive and personal approach and honest and fair treatment to our clients as well as the community at large.

While our projects are all diverse in nature, they share one thing in common: a need for practical, high-quality and attractive results. With our wealth of experience in the field, knowledge of current trends and innovative vision, we have added and continue to add immense value to all the spaces we have created across Canada. As we apply our expertise in site planning, land usage, policy development, urban design and landscape architecture, we continue to guarantee high-quality, market-based results appropriate to their environmental settings.



ISOCARP is the international Society of City and Regional Planners. Founded in 1965, and based in The Hague, we are a global association of experienced professionals, brining together recognized and highly qualified planners from more than 80 countries worldwide.

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Ottawa, May 26, 2016 – Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM) welcome the Ontario Divisional Court’s ruling to uphold the Ontario Municipal’s Board’s decision to allow the rezoning of the Chaudière and Albert Islands and make way for the development of the highly anticipated Zibi community.

“We are looking forward to delivering on our vision to create the world’s tenth One Planet Community in the heart of the Nation’s capital,” said Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill Development. “We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback on our plans for this new community. Not only will Zibi become a focal point of the city’s eco-district, but with nearly a quarter of the site designated as parks and public spaces, Zibi will restore access to the islands’ waterfronts and the Chaudière Falls for the first time in almost 200 years.”

“With this ruling, we can proceed confidently with our plans to transform a large part of downtown Ottawa’s under-utilized lands into the world’s most sustainable community,” said Jason Lester, Senior Vice President of Urban Development at Dream.

Demolition on the Quebec side of the site has already begun to prepare the site for construction. Windmill signed an agreement to purchase the lands from Domtar in December 2013. The private transaction marked the beginning of the transformation of the lands into a mixed-use waterfront community and sustainability showpiece.

“It’s very unusual for a private developer in this part of Canada, which is all unceded Algonquin territory, to voluntarily consult and engage with the Algonquin-Anishinabe community,” said Josée Bourgeois, member of the Memengweshii Council, an Algonquin advisory body guiding the project on issues of Algonquin-Anishinabe interests. “It’s been refreshing to work collaboratively with the developers to ensure Zibi would not only provide economic opportunities for our people, but reflect our culture in a tangible way. I can’t recall another instance where this has been possible.”

The developers are committed to developing Zibi in friendship with the Algonquin Anishinabe.

To view the Court of Appeals’ full decision click here.

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By Doug Fischer, Canadian Geographic – Published on: April 6, 2016Across Canada, there are old buildings finding new life through modern transformations. But such metamorphoses are complicated. Indeed, for the past three decades, Stratford, Ont. has struggled to decide on what to do with the giant, neglected railway repair shop that sits on the edge of downtown (read my story about it in the April issue of Canadian Geographic, and see photos here).Maybe Stratford’s more passionate residents would benefit from a chat with Jeff Westeinde. He’s the force behind Zibi, an ambitious plan to develop 15 hectares of historic land on two islands and along the shorelines of the Ottawa River on the Ontario-Quebec border between Ottawa and Gatineau.

Almost from its inception as an idea in 2013, Zibi (the Algonquin word for river) has overcome long odds. Conceived to be one of the most sustainable developments in the world, Zibi came together in less than two years — an achievement for any project, but remarkable for one that required the harnessing of views from two municipalities, two provinces, the federal National Capital Commission and numerous Algonquin communities for whom the site represents sacred land going back nearly 1,000 years.

“It was unanimous among our peers in the development industry that we were out of our minds, that there was no possible way this would ever see the light of day,” Westeinde, the executive chairman and co-founder of Windmill Developments Group, told me. “Yet, here we are.”

Site preparation is already well underway, and work will move into high gear this spring. The project, scheduled to be finished over the next 10 to 15 years, calls for the retrofitting and repurposing of historic lumber industry-era buildings in both Ottawa and Gatineau, the construction of new residences and retail and commercial outlets, all to be connected by a network of trails, bike paths and public transit routes. And all within view of Parliament Hill.

One-quarter of the site will be greenspace and parkland, much of it along the river, including by the Chaudiere Falls. The falls, Ottawa’s biggest tourist attraction in the late 1800s and a sacred First Nations site for close to 1,000 years, were dammed in 1908 to produce hydro-electricity and blocked from public sight. The Zibi project will restore them to view, and become the centrepiece of the $1.2-billion development.

In an odd way, says Westeinde, getting the public to embrace a project virtually no one thought was possible was actually the catalyst that pushed the project forward.

“We thought our job, quite simply, was to take the views of everybody else and turn them into a viable plan that would work for everyone,” Westeinde says. “That always starts with the community and works its way up.”

He says Windmill knew in general what it wanted — to be one of 10 One Planet communities in the world (a designation that recognizes both environmental and cultural sustainability, in this case Windmill’s engagement with the aboriginal community). Beyond that, Windmill knew only that it needed the project to make sense financially.

So it called a public meeting to find out what citizens wanted. More than 900 people showed up at that first meeting, many of them disappointed there were no fancy diagrams or scaled models to look over. In fact, there was nothing.

“If we heard criticism that night it was, ‘Why isn’t there anything for us to see? We expected to see plans.’ We told them that we wanted their thinking about what should be in our plans,” Westeinde says.

The meeting led to a consensus on how to measure success through two broad objectives: to build a project that was world class, and to regularly publish “report cards” grading the level of contribution of all the project’s participants: municipalities, provinces, regulatory agencies, planning bodies, the developer.

According to Westeinde, the work done at that first meeting, besides signalling the company’s willingness to listen to the community, “gave us a bit of a moral high ground to work through some of the tough issues.”

Within two years, most of those obstacles had been swept aside and the project had secured its many approvals and financing. There are still issues to be resolved — the Algonquin communities are themselves divided about whether the development is appropriate for a site of such cultural importance — but barring some unforeseen disaster, and given Windmill’s solid track record, Zibi is likely to be one of the capital’s must-see destinations within a few years.

The lessons learned through Zibi can provide a guide for Stratford, even if the communities and situations are different.

“Developers have lots of choices when it comes to these kinds of projects, all through southwestern Ontario and into the states,” he says. “So the developer has to feel like the community wants his project, wants to buy into the vision — a shared vision, of course — but one that is viable and practical.”

Read an extended interview with Jeff Westeinde here.

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Windmill Developments is proud to announce that we have reached a partnership with the incomparable Donald Trump to create an iconic 99 story Trump Tower in the heart of Ottawa. “I couldn’t be happier to be partnering with Windmill,” says presidential hopeful Trump, “they represent my brand perfectly – the glitz, the glamour, you have no idea.”

The Windmill Trump Tower is intended to set a new standard for luxury development, including full walk-in refrigerators, immersive monsoon showers, and essential oil infused bidets all standard in most suites.

While final details are still being worked out, a small underutilized area of the Experimental Farm has been identified as the preferred site for this new Ottawa landmark. Units to start at $1m, with a launch date tentatively set for April 1, 2017.

This was all in good fun – APRIL FOOL’S!

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With Zibi and Cathedral Hill sitting on the edge of LeBreton Flats, you could imagine our excitement when the NCC announced it was taking proposals for this seemingly forgotten parcel of significant land. Situated along the river and near Chaudière Falls, this area has been without a community since 1960. Its redevelopment represents a unique opportunity to create a vibrant urban centre that will transform Ottawa.

On January 26 th and 27th 2016, the public was presented with two competitive proposals for the area; Illumination LeBreton and LeBreton Re-Imagined. The ambitious bids include museums, parks, plazas and notably, an NHL arena. Both have a focus on Canadian heritage, connectivity and boast various degrees of environmental conservation. Illumination, with its sustainability plan based on the One Planet framework, is set to create one of the largest and most sustainable eco-districts in North America, if not globally.


(Photo caption) Illumination LeBreton rendering showing a snapshot of their proposed landscape.

(Photo caption) Aerial view of the Science & Innovation Pavilion conceptualized by LeBreton Re-Imagined.

LeBreton Flats sits between Cathedral Hill, one of Windmill’s vibrant luxury residential offerings and Zibi, Windmill’s sustainably designed multi-use community set for occupancy in Fall 2017. This central area’s revival means sporting events, concerts and festivals right next door; access to the LRT and other public transit systems; an endless selection of local restaurants and retail; a short walk to museums, cultural centres, a library, and much more. All alongside the Ottawa River.

On a broader scale, increased activity means more jobs for our community and an inevitable rise in the value of nearby condos and townhomes. A recent study has shown that urban properties within 5 km of a stadium and within 500m of a light rail are proven to increase in price by approximately 40%.*. The increase is most dramatic in urban settings, particularly if combined with urban amenities and public space.

The LeBreton redevelopment will no doubt become one of Ottawa’s most cherished ‘hoods and yield great results for Cathedral Hill and Zibi residents, the community and the National Capital Region.

Have your say on the future of LeBreton Flats!

We invite you to consider both proposals and share your comments with the NCC:

Great things are on the horizon for LeBreton Flats and we can’t wait to see it all come to life, right next door!


*Source: REIN (2015, October), The Impact of Stadium Construction on Real Estate Values.

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Ottawa, January 25, 2016 – As part of its bid for the Lebreton Flats redevelopment, the RendezVous LeBreton Group has developed a bold vision for sustainability, one that will see it become one of the largest sustainability-driven urban developments in North America.

RendezVous LeBreton, which is backed by the Ottawa Senators, has developed a sustainability plan based on the One Planet Living framework; the same aggressive standard being used by Windmill Development’s Zibi project located a stone’s throw away on Chaudière Island. Located between Zibi and the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict, RVLG’s sustainability plan is poised to create one of the largest, and most sustainable, urban districts in North America, if not globally.

Guided by the One Planet Living framework, the Group has created a development plan that is based on ten principles, ensuring the project is sustainable socially, environmentally, and economically. With as much focus on people as the environment, RVLG aims to create a community where it is easy, attractive, and affordable for people to lead happy and healthy lives using a fair share of the earth’s resources.

“Many redevelopment projects tend to focus on environmental issues, such as reducing construction waste, but this team decided at the outset that to create a world-class development we needed a project that people would benefit from, and feel connected to,” said Steve Dulmage of BuildGreen Solutions, the sustainability advisors to the project.

RVLG acknowledges that achieving all principles within the One Planet Framework will be a challenge on a project of this size, particularly zero carbon, but as Dulmage points out: “The history of this site includes innovation and entrepreneurialism, so why shouldn’t we set ambitious targets that will require a similar mindset to achieve them?”

This attitude has already resulted in a number of novel ideas. The project team has identified a potential partner that could see the Event Centre become one of the first net-zero energy stadiums in the world; and a “purple pipe” system will be explored to reduce the amount of precious tap water used to flush toilets.

In addition to pursuing One Planet endorsement, the team’s sustainability plan also commits to meeting the NCC’s mandated goal of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction for all new buildings. However, RVLG has gone a step further and has committed to meeting LEED’s community standard as well, LEED for Neighbourhood Development.

Initiatives demonstrating a commitment to social responsibility include planned affordable housing, vibrant gathering spaces for residents and visitors, recreational opportunities through the Sensplex and Abilities Centre, and programming that will help businesses and residents alike make healthier, and greener decisions. Of course, it all begins by decontaminating LeBreton Flats, and revitalizing a site that can be transformed from a brownfield into a community that adds value to the local economy, and enriches the city’s social and cultural fabric.

About Build Green Solutions

Build Green Solutions Inc. specializes in bringing the principles of sustainability – environmental, social, and economic – to bear on urban land development.

Since 1999, Build Green Solutions has worked on some of the most innovative projects in Canada: green buildings, sustainable infrastructure, and green community projects. By bringing a solutions-oriented and market-based approach, we have helped clients stretch for ambitious yet achievable sustainability goals by incorporating innovative strategies and technologies. These projects have included Windmill Development’s “Zibi”, “The Currents”, and “the Eddy” in Ottawa, “Aqua + Vento” in Calgary, and “Dockside Green” in Victoria.

About One Planet Living and One Planet Communities

One Planet Living is the vision of a world in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness.
The One Planet Living framework is based on ten easy-to-grasp principles covering areas such as carbon, waste, transport, food and water, and enables us to plan for, deliver and communicate sustainable development. The framework provides a clear, practical route map for a better way to live and do business.

Windmill Development’s Zibi project was recently named the world’s tenth One Planet Community.

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