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Gatineau approves rezoning application; construction to start in 2015

Ottawa, November 20, 2014 – Windmill Development Group has received the green light to proceed with its plans to transform the former Domtar lands into an accessible and breathtaking sustainability showpiece for the region.

At their Council meeting Tuesday evening, Ville de Gatineau councillors unanimously approved Windmill’s redevelopment plans for the Brownfield site, which straddles Chaudière and Albert Islands and the adjacent riverfront in downtown Gatineau. Ottawa City Council approved Windmill’s plans on October 8th.

“We couldn’t be happier with the Council’s reaction to our proposal,” said Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill Development Group. “We’ve been very encouraged by the support from the Council and planning staff.”

Over the past year, Windmill has embarked on possibly the most exhaustive consultative process for any private-sector led development in the history of the City, including welcoming close to 2,000 Gatineau and Ottawa residents to three open house events.

“The public and stakeholders have truly embraced our vision for a world-class sustainable community that is accessible to all, and respectful of its beautiful surroundings and unique heritage,” said Wilts. “We cannot wait to see our vision come to life.”

Next steps for the project include site decontamination and the launch of the sales centre in the spring. Construction is expected to begin in 2015.

Key dates and milestones

  • Windmill Development Group signs an agreement to purchase the Ottawa and Gatineau lands from Domtar – December 4, 2013
  • Windmill and Algonquin College sign an MOU to ensure a student role in the new community’s development – April 10th, 2014.
  • Ottawa City Council approves rezoning – October 8th, 2014.
  • Gatineau City Council unanimously approves rezoning – November 17, 2014.

About Windmill

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.

For information:

Annie Boucher
613.863.3702
boucher@fusecommunications.ca

 

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Ottawa, October 30, 2014 – La Ville de Gatineau and Windmill Development Group are inviting the public to attend an Open House to view plans for the former Domtar lands, Thursday, November 13 from 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. followed by a public assembly beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Through historically and environmentally sensitive redevelopment, Windmill, one of Canada’s greenest developers, plans to build the world’s most sustainable community on the Chaudière and Albert Islands, and downtown Gatineau riverfront.

“This will be the last public consultation meeting before our development application goes to Gatineau Council in Gatineau,” said Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill Development Group. “We’ve been thrilled with the turnout at our other public consultations, and look forward to the opportunity to meet with Gatineau residents and stakeholders to hear their thoughts on our plans.”

Ottawa City Councillors approved Windmill’s rezoning application for the former Domtar lands on October 8th, 2014.

Additional information on the application to the Ville de Gatineau can be found on the website
The event is open to media.

To register for the Open House, please visit: www.the-isles.ca or www.les-iles.ca

Detailed schedule
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – The public can view displays of the Chaudière Redevelopment project and meet with Windmill officials.
Location: Agora at La Maison du Citoyen, 25, rue Laurier, Gatineau

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – The public is invited to comment on the plans and ask questions of a panel that will include Gatineau City Councillors, and Jeff Westeinde from Windmill Development Group.
Location: Salle des Fêtes, La Maison du Citoyen, 25, rue Laurier, Gatineau

Key facts/dates

  • Windmill Development Group signed an agreement to purchase the Ottawa and Gatineau lands from Domtar on December 4, 2013
  • More than 900 people attended Windmill’s first public consultation was held at the Canadian Museum of Civilization on December 11, 2013.
  • Windmill’s development applications were submitted to the City of Ottawa and la Ville de Gatineau on April 22nd, 2014.
  • Close to 300 people attended the second public consultation on June 24, 2014 at the Canadian War Museum.
  • Ottawa City Council approved rezoning for the former Domtar Lands on October 8th, 2014.

About Windmill

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.

 
For information:
Annie Boucher
613.863.3702
boucher@fusecommunications.ca

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Ottawa, October 27, 2014 – Ottawa-based Windmill Developments are again proving they are leaders when it comes to reimagining how people live and work in downtown Ottawa.

The visionary green developers have announced they are building Ottawa’s first and only Class A commercial condominium tower in the heart of downtown Ottawa next to their Cathedral Hill residential condo building.

Located in the heart of Ottawa Centre’s EcoDistrict on the leading edge of downtown, the office condos will provide businesses and not-for-profits the unique opportunity to build equity with money that would otherwise disappear paying rent for office space.

“We spend a lot of time looking at best practices and imagining better ways for people to live and work,” said Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill Developments. “Giving professional practices and associations a way to build future equity by owning space in one of the downtown’s most desirable areas is a win-win for us and the businesses.”

While world-class cities like Chicago, New York and Toronto have embraced the office condo concept, the 14-floor Cathedral Hill office tower will be Ottawa’s first executive office condo building. Even more impressive, Windmill aims to make it one of Ottawa’s greenest buildings.

“As always, we are focused on high sustainability and performance goals with this project,” says Wilts. “We plan to use the best technologies and materials to not only make this building healthier for the owners and their employees, but more efficient and enduring.”

Key features

In addition to offering some of Ottawa’s most stunning views, including the Ottawa River, Gatineau Hills, Lebreton Flats and Windmill’s own Chaudière redevelopment project the building will feature:

Windmill’s trademark energy efficient and sustainable design, resulting in reduced energy costs for the owners, as well as a healthy work environment for employees.

Proximity to amenities such as restaurants, the Parliamentary precinct, and national institutions.

A 95% walkability score, plus one of the city’s best access to Ottawa’s public transportation hub, including bike routes and the future LRT (light rail transit).

Customizable floor plans, shared boardrooms, common showers and secure bike parking, among other amenities.

The units start at $187,000. For information, visit www.whylease.ca

Launch event
The public and the media are invited to join Windmill for the launch of this unique landmark office condominium:

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
5:00 pm – 7:30 PM
Rideau Club, Pearson Room
99 Bank Street, 15th Floor

To register: www.whylease.ca

About Windmill

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.
 
For information:
Annie Boucher
613.863.3702
boucher@fusecommunications.ca

www.whylease.ca

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 Windmill Development Group joins North American “Target Cities” program, heralding a new era of urban leadership

The National Capital Region has joined an elite group of North American cities in committing to become an example of sustainability through its Chaudière islands redevelopment project, which will emphasize environmental performance, social equity, and economic growth.

Ottawa, June 24, 2014. Windmill Development Group today announced it will participate in Target Cities, a two-year partnership of nine development projects across seven North American cities designed to amplify and accelerate district-scale community regeneration and create replicable models for next-generation urban revitalization. EcoDistricts, the Portland, Oregon, nonprofit behind TargetCities announced the new partnership today as a commitment at CGI America, a program of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Through historically and environmentally sensitive redevelopment, Windmill, one of Canada’s greenest developers, plans to redevelop the industrial lands on the Chaudière and Albert Islands, and in downtown Gatineau to build one of the world’s most sustainable community in the heart of the national capital region.

“The redevelopment of these industrial brownfield lands will change the face of the nation’s capital,” said Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill Development Group. “We are reinventing this once bustling industrial district into one of the world’s most sustainable riverfront communities, where thousands of people will live, work, play and learn, right in the heart of the nation’s capital.”

As a Target Cities project, the Chaudière islands project will incorporate the central principles behind the EcoDistricts Protocol, which guides the projects through district organization and governance, assessment, implementation, and monitoring. Each step of the EcoDistricts approach is built around an interrelated set of environmental, economic, and social performance areas: energy; equitable development; health and wellbeing; community identity; transportation; water; habitat and ecosystem functionality; and optimized materials management.

“Our plans include the preservation of heritage buildings, the creation of parks and public access to the waterfront, including the breathtaking Chaudière falls, fenced off for over 100 years,” said Wilts. “What’s more, this community will put Ottawa on the map as a model for sustainable communities.”

In addition to the redevelopment of the Chaudière islands, there are projects in Atlanta, Boston, Cambridge, Denver, Los Angeles, and three in Washington, D.C. EcoDistricts will act as a strategic partner to each of the project teams, helping them build robust governance models that will spur deep political and technical change, perform integrated assessment and goal setting tasks and accelerate the deployment of strategies to deepen their impact. As part of their participation in Target Cities, each of the projects will help test and refine the emerging EcoDistricts Protocol.

Windmill Press Contacts:

 Annie Boucher at 613-863-3702 or boucher@fusecommunications.ca

About EcoDistricts

EcoDistricts is a Portland, Oregon, based nonprofit organization dedicating to inspiring every city to remake itself from the neighborhood up. EcoDistricts provides cities with the tools and resources to transform their local focus into far-reaching, systemic change. The organization also delivers targeted training programs and facilitates leadership networks to ensure that emerging best practices for urban sustainability achieve have their maximum potential impact. To learn more, visit ecodistricts.org.

 EcoDistricts Press Contacts:

Rob Bennett at 503-719-2487 or rob@ecodistricts.org

Adam Beck at 503-367-1108 or adam@ecodistricts.org

Gina Binole (GBM Communications) at 503.797.4929 or gina@gbmcommunications.com

 

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Le Groupe Développements Windmill adhère au programme nord-américain Target Cities, ce qui lancera une nouvelle ère de leadership urbain

La région de la capitale nationale s’est jointe à un groupe d’élite de villes nord-américaines en s’engageant à devenir un exemple de durabilité par l’intermédiaire du projet de réaménagement des îles Chaudière et Albert, qui met l’accent sur la performance environnementale, l’équité sociale et la croissance économique.

 Ottawa, 24 juin 2014 – Le Groupe Développements Windmill a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il participera au programme Target Cities, un partenariat biennal comprenant neuf projets d’aménagement dans sept villes nord-américaines et visant à augmenter et accélérer la régénération communautaire à l’échelle des districts ainsi qu’à créer des modèles reproductibles pour la prochaine génération de projets de revitalisation urbaine. EcoDistricts, l’organisme à but non lucratif de Portland (Oregon) qui a instauré le programme TargetCities, a annoncé le nouveau partenariat aujourd’hui en guise d’engagement dans le cadre de la CGI America, un programme de la Clinton Global Initiative.

Par l’intermédiaire d’un nouveau développement immobilier soucieux de l’histoire et de l’environnement, Windmill, un des promoteurs immobiliers les plus écologiques du Canada, envisage de réaménager les terrains industriels situés sur les îles Chaudière et Albert ainsi qu’aux abords de la rivière des Outaouais près du centre-ville de Gatineau, afin de construire la communauté la plus durable au monde au cœur de la capitale nationale.

« Le réaménagement de ces friches industrielles transformera le visage de la capitale nationale », indique Rodney Wilts, associé chez Windmill. « Nous réinventons ce district qui a autrefois été le centre industriel de la région en l’une des communautés riveraines les plus durables au monde, où des milliers de personnes vivront, travailleront, se divertiront et apprendront, au cœur même de la capitale nationale. »

Comme il fait partie du programme Target Cities, le projet des îles Chaudière et Albert intégrera les principes directeurs du protocole d’EcoDistricts, qui oriente les projets en ce qui concerne l’organisation et la gouvernance, l’évaluation, la mise en œuvre et la surveillance des districts choisis. Chaque étape de l’approche d’EcoDistricts est établie en fonction d’un ensemble de facteurs environnementaux, économiques et sociaux interreliés : énergie; aménagement équitable; santé et bien-être; identité communautaire; transport; eau; fonctionnalité des habitats et des écosystèmes; et gestion optimale des matériaux.

« Nos plans prennent en considération la préservation des immeubles patrimoniaux, la création de parcs et de lieux publics donnant accès aux rives, notamment les spectaculaires chutes Chaudière, qui sont fermées au public depuis plus de 100 ans », mentionne M. Wilts. « De plus, cette communauté mettra Ottawa à l’avant-plan à titre de modèle de communauté durable ».

En plus du projet de réaménagement des îles Chaudière et Albert, il y a également un projet à Atlanta, un à Boston, un à Cambridge, un à Denver, un à Los Angeles et trois à Washington (D.C.). EcoDistricts agira à titre de partenaire stratégique pour chaque équipe de projet : l’organisme les aidera à créer des modèles de gouvernance efficaces qui provoqueront des changements importants d’ordre politique et technique, à effectuer des évaluations intégrées et des tâches permettant d’atteindre les objectifs ainsi qu’à accélérer la mise en place des stratégies afin d’en augmenter l’incidence. Chaque projet du programme Target Cities permettra de mettre à l’essai et de peaufiner le nouveau protocole d’EcoDistricts.

Personne-ressource de Windmill pour les médias :

Annie Boucher, au 613-863-3702 ou à l’adresse boucher@fusecommunications.ca

Au sujet d’EcoDistricts

EcoDistricts est un organisme à but non lucratif de Portland (Oregon) qui tient à inspirer chaque ville à se renouveler à partir de ses quartiers. EcoDistricts fournit aux villes les outils et les ressources nécessaires pour transformer leur mentalité locale en un changement systémique de grande portée. L’organisme offre aussi des programmes de formation ciblés et gère des réseaux de leadership afin de s’assurer que les nouvelles pratiques exemplaires en matière de durabilité urbaine ont une incidence maximale. Pour en apprendre davantage, visitez le site ecodistricts.org.

Personnes-ressources d’EcoDistricts pour les médias :

Rob Bennett, au 503-719-2487 ou à l’adresse rob@ecodistricts.org

Adam Beck, au 503-367-1108 ou à l’adresse adam@ecodistricts.org

Gina Binole (GBM Communications), au 503-797-4929 ou à l’adresse gina@gbmcommunications.com

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On June 25th Windmill will be joining forces with our fellow Wellington West dwellers, terra20, to celebrate our shared commitment in offering quality products that lessen the impact on our environment, with a focus on Healthy Interiors.  We will be hosting a compelling and unique opportunity to learn more about enhancing Canada’s green economy. So what will this Healthy Interiors event entail?

Beyond a decadent spread of appetizers, delicious beverages and hand-selected door prizes from terra20, we are elated that Rick Smith, one of the country’s leading environmental campaigners, will be joining us for the evening. In 2009, Rick Smith co-authored the bestseller book Slow Death by Rubber Duck in which he examines the toxicity of everyday household items presented in a comedic, yet eye-opening series of experiments. Smith investigates various detoxification methods in his 2013 book, Toxin, Toxout that has been reviewed as a “truly indispensable and enlightening guide to living in the 21st century”.

We hope you can join us.

Wednesday June 25, 2014

5:00-7:00 pm

Windmill’s Presentation Centre at 440 Sparks Street (corner of Bronson)

 Please RSVP by June 23,  to terra20@terra20.com

 

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Ottawa community information session on Domtar Lands set for June 24

Gatineau session to take place in the fall

Ottawa, June 11, 2014 – The City of Ottawa andWindmill Development Group are inviting the public to attend a community information session on plans for the former Domtar Lands, Tuesday, June 24 from 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Canadian War Museum.

Given the location of the property, two municipal jurisdictions are responsible for the rezoning of the lands: the City of Ottawa and la Ville de Gatineau. Each jurisdiction has different development application processes and requirements for public consultation. The Ville de Gatineau public meeting will follow in the fall after the City’s technical review is completed and will be the third community information session to be held on the project.

“We are very eager to meet with residents and stakeholders and to hear their thoughts on the plans we presented in April,” said Jonathan Westeinde, co-founder of the Windmill Development Group. “We were blown away by the number of people who attended our first consultation in December. We hope to see a similar level of engagement this time around.”

Through historically and environmentally sensitive redevelopment, Windmill, one of Canada’s greenest developers, plans to build the world’s most sustainable community on the Chaudière and Albert Islands, and downtown Gatineau riverfront.

The event is open to media.

Key facts

  •  Windmill Development Group signed an agreement to purchase the Ottawa and Gatineau lands from Domtar on December 4, 2013
  • A first public consultation was held at the Canadian Museum of Civilization on December 11, 2013.
  • Windmill’s development applications were submitted to the City of Ottawa and la Ville de Gatineau on April 22nd, 2014. Additional information can be found on the City of Ottawa’s website at ottawa.ca/devapps under 3 or 4 Booth Street.

Naming contest

The public has until midnight on June 30th to submit name suggestions for the new community. To submit a name, visit our contest webpage or bring your suggestion to the public consultation meeting.

The winner will enjoy a one-week stay at one of Windmill’s luxury Whitewater Village cottages.

About Windmill

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.

 For information:

Annie Boucher                 613.863.3702

boucher@fusecommunications.ca

To read the News Release regarding our rezoning application of this site submitted on April 22, 2014, click here

 

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Séance d’information communautaire sur les terrains de Domtar prévue le 24 juin

La séance pour les résidents de Gatineau aura lieu à l’automne.

Ottawa, 11 juin 2014 – La Ville d’Ottawa et leGroupe Développements Windmill invitent le public à une séance d’information communautaire sur les plans de transformation des anciens terrains de Domtar le mardi 24 juin de 17 h à 21 h, au Musée canadien de la guerre.

 En raison de l’emplacement de ces terrains, deux administrations municipales sont responsables du changement de zonage : la Ville d’Ottawa et la Ville de Gatineau. Chaque administration a différents processus de demande d’aménagement et différentes exigences en matière de consultation publique. La séance d’information pour les résidents de Gatineau aura lieu à l’automne, dès que la Ville aura terminé son examen technique. Il s’agira de la troisième séance d’information communautaire dans le cadre du projet.

« Nous sommes très impatients de rencontrer les résidents et les intervenants et de connaître leur opinion au sujet des plans que nous avons présentés en avril dernier », a indiqué Jonathan Westeinde, cofondateur du Groupe Développement Windmill. « Nous avons été renversés par le nombre de personnes qui ont assisté à notre première consultation publique en décembre 2013. Nous espérons que le taux de participation sera semblable pour cette prochaine séance d’information. »

Par l’intermédiaire d’un nouveau développement immobilier soucieux de l’histoire et de l’environnement, Windmill, un des promoteurs immobiliers les plus écologiques du Canada, envisage de construire la communauté la plus durable au monde sur les îles Chaudière et Albert ainsi qu’aux abords de la rivière des Outaouais près du centre-ville de Gatineau.

Les représentants des médias peuvent assister à la séance.

Faits saillants

  •  Le 4 décembre 2013, le Groupe Développement Windmill a signé une entente d’achat pour les terrains de Domtar situés à Ottawa et Gatineau.
  • Une première consultation publique a été tenue au Musée canadien des civilisations le 11 décembre 2013.
  • Les demandes d’aménagement de Windmill ont été envoyées à la Ville d’Ottawa et la Ville de Gatineau le 22 avril 2014. Des renseignements supplémentaires se trouvent sur le site Web de la Ville d’Ottawa (http://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/home.jsf?lang=fr, sous « 3 Booth Street » ou « 4 Booth Street »).

Concours pour nommer le projet

Le public a jusqu’à minuit le 30 juin pour envoyer des suggestions de nom pour la nouvelle communauté. Pour ce faire, visitez la page Web de notre concours ou apportez votre suggestion à la consultation publique.

Le prix est un séjour d’une semaine dans l’un des luxueux chalets de Whitewater Village de Windmill.

Au sujet de Windmill

Windmill est une entreprise immobilière visionnaire, qui se consacre à la transformation des pratiques de développement traditionnelles en adoptant, pour tous ses projets, une approche exemplaire axée sur l’environnement, les gens et les profits. Tous les développements de Windmill sont conçus et construits en vue de protéger et d’améliorer la communauté locale et notre écosystème. Windmill est le seul promoteur immobilier en Amérique du Nord à obtenir la certification LEED platine pour tous ses projets à usages mixtes. Les projets terminés comprennent The Currents, un centre d’art de la scène et une tour de condominiums modernes situés dans le quartier Wellington ouest d’Ottawa, et Dockside Green, une communauté durable modèle à Victoria, qui a été officiellement reconnue comme étant l’un des 16 développements à rendement positif sur le climat dans le cadre de la Clinton Climate Initiative.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements :

Annie Boucher                 613.863.3702

boucher@fusecommunications.ca

Pour lire le communiqué concernant notre demande de modification de zonage pour ce site, déposée le 22 avril 2014, cliquez ici

 

 

 

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From now until midnight, June 30, 2014, you can submit suggestions for a name, along with a brief rationale, for our redevelopment of the lands surrounding the Chaudière Falls. Enter our naming contest today and you could win a one-week stay at one of our luxury Whitewater Village cottage.

Click here for contest details

Submit your suggestion here

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Vous avez jusqu’à minuit le 30 juin 2014 pour suggérer un nom pour le projet de réaménagement des terrains entourant les chutes de la Chaudière. Chaque suggestion doit être accompagnée d’une brève justification. En participant au concours, vous courez la chance de gagner un séjour d’une semaine dans l’un de nos luxueux chalets de Whitewater Village.

Cliquez ici pour les détails du concours

Soumettez votre suggestion ici

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Windmill Submits Rezoning Application for Domtar Lands

Developer presents plan for transforming the industrial site into the world’s most sustainable community

Ottawa, April 22, 2014 – Windmill Development Group today took the next step in its plans to transform the industrial brownfield site on Chaudière and Albert Islands and adjacent riverfront in downtown Gatineau into an accessible and breathtaking sustainability showpiece for the region. Windmill submitted its plans today to the City of Ottawa and la Ville de Gatineau as part of its application for the rezoning of the lands into a mixed-use community-scale sustainable development.

“We felt Earth Day was the perfect time to present our plan for transforming this historic, yet dormant, piece of land into what we hope will be the world’s most sustainable community,” says Jonathan Westeinde, managing partner, Windmill Development Group.

Key features of the rezoning application include:

  • An ambitious sustainability plan using the One Planet Community framework
  • Development of a series of new plazas and parks
  • Mixed-use properties including retail amenities, restaurants, commercial and residential
  • Preservation of key heritage buildings for cultural, commercial and retail uses
  • Public access to the previously fenced-off Chaudière Falls
  • Stunning new public viewpoints of our national symbols

“Our rezoning application delivers on the eight design principles we shared with the public and interested parties late last year,” says Windmill partner Rodney Wilts. “We plan to bring new life and energy to this once bustling heart of industry, and to do it through historically and environmentally sensitive redevelopment.”

 To develop its plan, Windmill held a sustainability charrette (workshop) with 70+ interested parties, including the Riverkeeper, Ecology Ottawa, Heritage Canada Foundation, First Nations representatives and more; visited the greenest communities in Europe; and, hosted dozens of specific engagements with First Nations groups, heritage and cultural advocates, sustainability proponents, and business and tourism experts. This, in addition to holding a public meeting where more than 900 residents came to view and provide feedback on the developer’s design principles for the land.

Given the site’s unique and prominent location, the City of Ottawa, la Ville de Gatineau and the National Capital Commission coordinated the first-ever joint design review panel.  This panel, consisting of design expertise from across the country, provided glowing endorsement of the proposal.

“This project appears to have captured the hearts and imagination of the community,” says Westeinde. “We will use the plans presented today as a springboard for further consultation and engagement with the public and stakeholders. None of this is final yet.”

Windmill will host another public meeting in the months to come. It is also asking the public to help name the site by entering the #ReimagineChaudiere contest at www.windmilldevelopment.com. The selected name will be announced this summer and the winner will win a one-week’s stay at Windmill’s Whitewater Village luxury cottage community.

 Media availability and tour of the site

Media is invited to conduct interviews with Windmill on its plans, and to take part in a short tour the site this afternoon at 1:00p.m. You can enter at 6, Booth Street and follow the signs and park at the meeting spot on Albert Island (directly behind the War Museum).

About Windmill

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.

 For information:

Annie Boucher

613-863-3702 (voice and SMS)

boucher@fusecommunications.ca

@aboucherfuse

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Windmill envoie sa demande de changement de zonage pour les terrains de Domtar

Le promoteur immobilier présente le plan de transformation d’un site industriel en la communauté la plus durable au monde

Ottawa, 22 avril 2014 – Le Groupe Développements Windmill entame aujourd’hui les prochaines étapes de son projet visant à transformer la friche industrielle située sur les îles Chaudière et Albert ainsi que les berges adjacentes situées près du centre-ville de Gatineau en un chef-d’œuvre de durabilité accessible et remarquable. Windmill a envoyé ses plans aujourd’hui à la Ville d’Ottawa et à la Ville de Gatineau, dans le cadre de sa demande de changement de zonage des terrains en un développement communautaire durable à usages mixtes.

« Nous sommes d’avis que le Jour de la Terre est la date parfaite pour présenter notre plan visant à transformer le site historique inutilisé en ce que nous espérons sera la communauté la plus durable au monde », affirme Jonathan Westeinde, associé directeur du Groupe Développements Windmill.

Principaux éléments de la demande de changement de zonage :

  • Plan de durabilité ambitieux reposant sur le cadre One Planet Community
  • Création de nouveaux parcs et lieux publics
  • Propriétés à usages mixtes, notamment des commerces de vente au détail, des restaurants, des boutiques et des résidences
  • Préservation des immeubles patrimoniaux clés à des fins culturelles et commerciales
  • Accès public aux chutes Chaudière, dont l’entrée était auparavant clôturée
  • Superbes vues accessibles au public, qui pourra admirer nos symboles nationaux

« Notre demande de changement zonage est axée sur les huit principes de conception que nous avons communiqués aux parties visées à la fin de l’année dernière », indique Rodney Wilts, associé chez Windmill. « Nous prévoyons insuffler la vitalité et l’énergie qui caractérisait jadis ce centre industriel de la région, et ce, par l’intermédiaire d’un développement immobilier respectueux de l’histoire du site et de l’environnement. »

 Pour établir le plan, Windmill a tenu une séance de travail intense (atelier) sur la durabilité avec plus de 70 parties intéressées, notamment Sentinelle Outaouais, Écologie Ottawa, la fondation Héritage Canada, des représentants des Premières nations. Nous avons visité les communautés les plus écologiques de l’Europe et nous avons organisé des dizaines de rencontres avec les groupes des Premières nations, des défenseurs du patrimoine et de la culture, des spécialistes de la durabilité, du commerce et du tourisme. De plus, nous avons tenu une consultation publique, à laquelle ont assisté plus de 900 participants, afin de connaître les opinions et les commentaires des résidents quant aux principes de conception.

En raison de l’emplacement unique et stratégique, la Ville d’Ottawa, la Ville de Gatineau et la Commission de la capitale nationale ont coordonné le tout premier comité de révision mixte. Ce comité, composé de spécialistes de la conception venant des quatre coins du pays, a formulé une excellente recommandation à l’égard de notre proposition.

« Le projet semble avoir parfaitement saisi les valeurs et l’imagination de la communauté », précise M. Westeinde. « Nous utiliserons les plans présentés aujourd’hui comme tremplin en vue des prochaines consultations et des engagements auprès du public et des intervenants. Rien n’est définitif encore. »

Windmill organisera une autre consultation publique au cours des mois à venir. Le Groupe demande également au public de l’aider à nommer le site en participant au concours #RéinventerChaudière. Le nom retenu sera annoncé cet été, et le gagnant recevra un séjour d’une semaine dans un des luxueux chalets de Whitewater Village, une œuvre de Windmill.

 Point de presse et visite du site aujourd’hui

Cet après-midi, à 13 h, les médias sont invités à effectuer des entrevues avec les représentants de Windmill au sujet des plans et aussi pour faire une courte visite du site. L’entrée du site se trouve au 6, rue Booth. Vous n’avez qu’à suivre les affiches et à stationner votre véhicule au point de rassemblement sur l’île Albert (directement derrière le Musée de la guerre).

Au sujet de Windmill

Windmill est une entreprise immobilière visionnaire, qui se consacre à la transformation des pratiques de développement traditionnelles en adoptant, pour tous ses projets, une approche exemplaire axée sur l’environnement, les gens et les profits. Tous les développements de Windmill sont conçus et construits en vue de protéger et d’améliorer la communauté locale et notre écosystème. Windmill est le seul promoteur immobilier en Amérique du Nord à obtenir la certification LEED platine pour tous ses projets à usages mixtes. Les projets terminés comprennent The Currents, un centre d’art de la scène et une tour de condominiums modernes situés dans le quartier Wellington Ouest à Ottawa, et Dockside Green, une communauté durable modèle à Victoria, qui a été officiellement reconnue comme étant l’un des 16 développements à rendement positif sur le climat dans le cadre de la Clinton Climate Initiative.

 Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements :

 Annie Boucher

613-863-3702 (téléphone ou SMS)

boucher@fusecommunications.ca

@aboucherfuse

 

 

 

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On March 25th at Algonquin College, Jeff Westeinde will be leading an open forum regarding the Isles development in room T102 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM.

Algonquin College will be working with Windmill to develop a variety of eco-efficient options to include in the design of this site. Windmill Development Group and Algonquin College encourages anyone with a keen interest in the rejuvenation of the Gatineau-Ottawa waterfront to attend the forum.

Click here to register for this event

Map of Algonquin College

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There will be hints of inspiration from some of the most predominant, forward thinking leaders in sustainable development as Ottawa-Gatineau’s waterfront is transformed into a world-class eco-community. In the pursuit of implementing leading green building practices into the design of the recently purchased Domtar lands, the Partners at Windmill Development embarked on an adventurous pursuit for innovative ideas from 7 sustainable communities. Between February 9th and 14th they travelled to the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden and Denmark, on what was dubbed the ”WhirlWindmill” tour; the travel itinerary certainly supports this moniker.

Rich in both innovation and charm, Malmo Sweden seems to have been the highlight of the trip for the majority of Partners. Jeff Westeinde describes this unique city as “exceptional in the intimacy that the public spaces and building scale created”, building confidence that you don’t have to be a medieval village in order to achieve a great sense of space.  Alex Spiegel, who hails from our Toronto office, agrees that Malmo is unrivaled from an urban design perspective; however, he also praised all of the cities for their exceptional mix of modern efficiency and environmental sensitivity. Seamless transit systems, substantial investment in bicycle networks and a human scale that made walking a delight were trademarks of efficient, eco-community development.

Amsterdam, Holland: Wonderful World of Woonefs! A woonerf is a low-speed street where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over drivers. In practice, cars, bikes, and people on foot mix freely.

Amsterdam, Holland: Wonderful World of Woonerfs! A woonerf is a low-speed street where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over drivers. In practice, cars, bikes, and people on foot mix freely.

Consensus was much more difficult to come by when it came to identifying the most impressive green building technique found within these communities. This speaks to the range of diverse practices that our travellers encountered on their journey. From the waste and storm water management systems in Hammarby, to the tour of KLH’s four-storey headquarters in Austria, which is built from cross-laminated timber (CLT), there was an abundance of innovative sustainable design practices to explore. Scott Demark is convinced that CLT is the construction technology of the future, the ideal structural system for Canada, and, a perfect fit for the Domtar site. While Canadian building codes have yet to catch up to those of Europe, Windmill will be on the leading edge of deploying this type of technology throughout the course of this development.

Rodney Wilts, who passes this site on his daily commute from Chelsea, believes that much like some of their European counterparts, Windmill has the unique opportunity to present a blend of old and new by incorporating existing heritage buildings with contemporary and innovative architecture. The proximity to downtown Gatineau and Ottawa also allows for a vibrant retail scene within the development. On the Domtar Lands, Windmill will strive for a carbon-netural existence by providing renewable energy to meet all of the requirements for the businesses and residents within the development.

Malmo, Sweden : The public realm in Malmo is outstanding - there is a mix of building typologies, and the slight modifications from a typical square grid create charming streetscapes.

Malmo, Sweden : The public realm in Malmo is outstanding – there is a mix of building typologies, and the slight modifications from a typical square grid create charming streetscapes.

Sweden2_Fotor

The Turning Torso found in Malmo is the tallest skyscraper in Sweden and the Nordic countries.

Perhaps outweighing all of the aforementionned virtues that make this land special, is the simple aesthetic beauty of this pearl on the Ottawa River, and the picturesque landscape surrounding one of the regions most magnificent settings. Managing Partner Jonathan Westeinde added that after touring some of the worlds’ leading mixed-use sustainable communities, Windmill is equipped with even more confidence in designing and developing a community that will rival the leaders in global sustainable development. The unique blend of the areas physical setting, green energy opportunities and the relentless pursuit of innovative practices, will provide Windmill with a foundation upon which to create a leader in eco-community building.

Vienna, Austria: Vienna was one of the birthplaces of modernity at the beginning of the last century. It’s contemporary architecture balances aesthetics with purpose, and is always exciting!

Vienna, Austria: Vienna was one of the birthplaces of modernity at the beginning of the last century. It’s contemporary architecture balances aesthetics with purpose, and is always exciting!

Innovation is necessarily challenging, and Windmill is excited to meet the challenges associated with untapping the enormous potential of the Domtar Lands. As the first world-class community to be developed by a private sector developer, Windmill will transform the Ottawa-Gatineau waterfront through innovative and sustainable development, while once again demonstrating that living in harmony with the planet makes economic sense.

Hanging around in Hammarby, Sweden : Since it opened 10 years ago there have been 120,000 visitors to their interpretation center from almost every country on the planet.  And that’s just the people that registered!  That translates to an enormous amount of local economic activity generated almost strictly from demonstrating a better way to live, work, play and learn.

Hanging around in Hammarby, Sweden : Since it opened 10 years ago there have been 120,000 visitors to their interpretation center from almost every country on the planet. And that’s just the people that registered! That translates to an enormous amount of local economic activity generated almost strictly from demonstrating a better way to live, work, play and learn.

 

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