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Momentum builds as two more Algonquin communities sign Letters of Intent, affirm they are open for business

Gatineau, April 27, 2017 – Algonquin-owned Decontie Construction Inc., from the community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (KZA), started rolling in its trucks and excavators onto the Zibi property earlier this month to begin the extensive process of preparing the site for construction.

This is the culmination of a two-year initiative by Decontie and developers Windmill Development and Dream Unlimited to overcome systemic labour barriers, build capacity and hire First Nation workers for Zibi, a $1.2B redevelopment project to transform a contaminated industrial parcel into the world’s most sustainable mixed-use community.

The construction start is an important project milestone and proof that this partnership – unprecedented in this part of Canada – between private developers and First Nations companies, communities and people is delivering benefits.

Eighteen months ago, Decontie Construction and the development team began the process to build capacity by helping indigenous workers obtain the necessary training, permits and licensing to work at Zibi. A call-out for indigenous workers interested in being added to a list of available construction workers yielded over 250 names.

First Nation workers are onsite because of Windmill, Dream and Decontie’s unwavering determination to surmount multiple barriers, and the willingness of the Commission de Construction du Québec (CCQ), and the municipal, provincial and federal governments to change the status quo and to support First Nations’ right to self-determination. Discussions are ongoing with all levels of government — in Quebec and Ontario — to help train and hire more First Nation workers, and to ensure that the Algonquin Anishinabe culture is represented throughout the future community.

 

Long Point and Timiskaming Algonquin First Nations sign Letters of Intent with Zibi to benefit their communities

Momentum is building as two additional Algonquin Anishinabe communities announced that they are joining the partnership with Windmill and Dream Unlimited: Long Point and Timiskaming First Nations both signed separate Letters of Intent (LOI) last week outlining how Zibi will create opportunities in the region for their members, raise awareness about their people and culture in Canada’s capital region and build stronger connections back to their communities. They join Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and the Algonquins of Ontario as signatories of LOIs with the Zibi community.

Zibi is a 37-acre development located on the downtown Gatineau riverfront as well as on Ottawa’s Albert and Chaudière Islands. The areas along the Ottawa River are significant in the history of the region’s First Nations, and Windmill/Dream have made concerted efforts to collaborate with and provide tangible benefits to local Algonquin Anishinabe people and communities.

Benefits to the Algonquins and First Nations, however, extend far beyond jobs and labour. Zibi is intended to act as a catalyst to highlight and celebrate Algonquin Anishinabe history, culture and people in the National Capital Region. Through arts, heritage, jobs, training, youth mentorships, and the formal recognition that this site and the region is on unceded Algonquin territory, Zibi will be a meaningful and authentic manifestation of the Algonquin Nation in the heart of the nation’s capital.

 

Quotes

Andy Decontie, President, Decontie Construction: “My vision when I launched Decontie was to create opportunities for my community and my people. In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, my family and members of my community were forced to leave Canada to find work in the United States. But today, I’m seeing our partnership with Zibi result in jobs and benefits for Algonquin Anishinabe right in the heart of our ancestral territory. This is our people, exercising our right to self determination, and taking steps to close the economic gap.”

Chief Kirby Whiteduck, Pikwàkanagàn First Nation: “This opportunity stood out to us as Windmill was the first private developer to ever reach out to the Algonquin communities and we believe their intent and commitment to be true and honest. We now have concrete proof that the partnership is delivering tangible and sustainable benefits for our People, with more to come.”

Chief Wayne McKenzie, Timiskaming First Nation: “The Zibi project is a pillar upon which the Algonquin Nation is uniting across provincial boundaries, and an assertion that Timiskaming, Long Point and Pikwàkanagàn First Nations are open for business. Seeing Algonquin Anishinabe workers on this site, cleaning up the contaminated soil, naturalizing the river banks and improving the River is proof to me that this partnership is real and that Zibi will deliver the economic, cultural and environmental benefits set out in our Letter of Intent.”

Jeff Westeinde, Chairman, Windmill Developments: “Since the beginning of this project in 2013, we’ve been committed to making Zibi a model of collaboration with First Nations in our region. Today is proof that that collaboration is delivering the benefits it promised. And with the communities of Long Point and Timiskaming now on board, we are gaining momentum for a tangible and beneficial Algonquin presence in the National Capital Region. We continue to extend an open invitation to all Algonquin communities to join us.”

Daniel Marinovic, SVP, Dream: “Dream is honoured to be a part of this significant and transformative redevelopment of our nation’s capital that also serves as a model for partnering with First Nations communities. We feel privileged to be involved in a project of this scale that will also create meaningful and inclusive employment opportunities for First Nations and honour Algonquin Anishinabe history and culture.”

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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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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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Ottawa, November 17, 2015

Windmill statement regarding Ontario Municipal Board’s decision to dismiss Zibi appeals

Windmill Development Group welcomes the Ontario Municipal Board’s clear and unequivocal decision to dismiss the appeals that were filed following the City of Ottawa’s approval to change the zoning to accommodate the Zibi project.

Windmill looks forward to proceeding with its plans to transform these contaminated and closed-off industrial lands into the world’s most sustainable community, and to making Zibi a place where the culture and history of the Algonquin Anishinabe is not only present, but celebrated.

“We’re greatly encouraged that the Ontario Municipal Board recognizes that the City and Windmill have ‘consulted and engaged with the public and the First Nations and that aboriginal history and culture will be respected and incorporated into the proposed development plans’”, stated Jeff Westeinde, Chair of Windmill Development Groups.

Windmill also looks forward to the opportunity to highlight the long history and industrial heritage of the site, and to providing public access to the islands’ waterfronts and the Chaudière Falls for the first time in almost 200 years.

“This decision clears the way for us to proceed with the great work of developing Canada’s first One Planet Community, a veritable sustainable showpiece, here in the heart of the National Capital Region,” said Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill Development. “We know the project is highly anticipated, and we look forward to delivering on our vision.

Windmill has conducted over the last few years the most inclusive and robust engagement program by a private developer with First Nations, certainly in Eastern Canada, and possibly in all of Canada, voluntarily surpassing any legal requirement to do so. As part of its award-winning engagement program, Windmill reached out to all of the Algonquin Anishinabe communities, the majority of whom had never been invited to participate, nor asked to participate, in consultations related to national capital regional planning matters.

Windmill is committed to developing Zibi in friendship with the Algonquin Anishinabe, and to making Zibi as beneficial as possible with and for the Algonquin nation and people.

To view the OMB’s full decision: Click here

For more information on Windmill’s engagement program with the Algonquin Anishinabe, see www.zibi-i-site.ca

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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.

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Costs of maintaining heritage buildings driving owners to search for alternative revenues

Elizabeth Howell, Ottawa Business Journal

As it secures the necessary permits to construct condo and office buildings on the Christ Church Cathedral property on Sparks Street, Windmill Developments says it is eyeing similar agreements with other local faith-based landowners.

“It’s going to become more of a common element: churches and non-profits are running out of money and there’s a lot of money to be gained in leasing the land,” said Jonathan Westeinde, Windmill’s owner.

Working with a church is a first, he added, but the firm – which specializes in eco-friendly developments and constructed the Great Canadian Theatre Co. building in Hintonburg – commonly pursues projects with municipalities and not-for-profits.

Recent examples include The Bridges, a new “urban village” intended to bring 2,000 to 2,500 residents into the centre of Calgary, and Dockside Green, a waterfront community in Victoria. Each of those developments included heavy participation from the respective cities.

The experience “is why we landed where we did in the church,” he added.

Christ Church representative David Caulfeild said he’s of heard at least one local Presbyterian church considering the same model.

“A lot of churches are looking at this approach because it’s the only avenue left to allow a church to continue without going into serious deficit,” said Mr. Caulfeild, chair of the church’s joint venture development committee, and an engineer whose past projects include the Ottawa International Airport’s redevelopment.

“Heritage properties are expensive to maintain, and with 80 per cent of your annual collection going into bricks and mortar, there is not much left to carry out the mission of the church.”

Windmill is planning to put up a 21-storey residential condominium tower and a 12-storey office building on the 35,000-square-foot complex on Sparks Street, west of Bay Street, that it is leasing from Christ Church.

The office tower was recently endorsed by the city’s planning committee and is slated to go before council later in August.

Precise details of the commercial lease are confidential, but Mr. Westeinde said his firm will make a fixed payment to the church from its lease revenues.

Windmill plans to pre-lease the building prior to starting construction, which Mr. Westeinde said he hopes will commence next year.

The condos, dubbed Cathedral Hill, will go on sale in September with prices ranging between $240,000 and just over $2 million. Construction should be finished next year.

Christ Church will make a prepayment on its 200-year residential lease, but the rest of the revenues will not kick in until the condominium reaches the end of its lifetime. Possible options then would include selling the building or starting a new redevelopment.

The development process began three years ago, when the Anglican diocese and the church – which own different parcels of land in the area – decided the lease approach was the best way to raise money for the 178-year-old building.

“With respect to the office building, there is a tripwire in the lease agreement that says that every 10 years, the rental agreement will be reviewed and compared with current market value for the office space,” Mr. Caulfeild added.

“(If there’s an) escalation in market value, we will receive our proportionate share of that revenue.”

HOLY LAND

Residential
Height: 21 storeys
Size: About 160,000 sq. ft.
Sales price: Between $240,000 and $2 million
Other details: 145 condo units, eight townhomes on Sparks Street, two townhomes on Queen Street

Office

Height: 12 storeys
Size: About 125,000 sq. ft.
Lease value: Undetermined
Other details: Building will be pre-leased before starting construction

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Anita Murray, Ottawa Citizen

Buyers will soon be calling Sparks Street home with the release of the first street-level townhouses. Part of a development called Cathedral Hill, the eight town-homes will be integrated with a 21-storey condo tower on an escarpment overlooking the Garden of the Provinces at Sparks Street and Bronson Avenue.

The project is being built on Anglican Church land that is the home to Christ Church Cathedral. Although there was some opposition, developer Windmill Developments worked with the church and the city to make sure the project, which includes an office tower, defers to the cathedral.

Cathedral Hill launched last fall with brisk sales of the condo units. The final release, which includes 10 townhomes (there are two others that incorporate the facades of two semi-detached homes facing Queen Street), came last weekend. The townhomes range from 1,389 square feet for a Queen Street unit to 2,223 square feet with a 600-square-foot rooftop terrace and elevator for one of the Sparks Street homes. Prices range from $675,000 to $1.5 million. Units range from two bedrooms to three bedrooms plus den, and some plans allow for the ground floor to be easily used as a business space. The townhouses will also have access to the amenities available in the condo tower, which include rooftop garden plots, a fitness centre, a movie theatre, wine storage, a dog washing room, an electric car charging station and a concierge.

Also released last weekend were eight penthouses, six terraces and the last of the 139 condo units.

The development has aimed to transform a patchwork of parking lots and historic structures into a 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. What makes the project work is the demolition of Cathedral Hall, a 1950s building on Sparks Street that will be replaced by the townhomes. Demolition could start as early as next week, and Windmill is building a new parish hall.

Cathedral Hill is the seventh multi-residential project for Windmill Developments, an Ottawa-based, eco-logically 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.

The company is aiming for a February 2014 occupancy.

For details, visit the sales centre at Roper House (entrance off Queen, near Bronson) Monday to Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; weekends noon to 5 p.m.; or by appointment. Or call 613-566-7010 or visit cathedralhill.ca.

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Fabulous view a lure for eco-minded tower at Cathedral Hill project Cathedral Hill

By Anita Murray, The Ottawa Citizen
Nov. 4, 2011

Seen from the Queen Street entrance, Cathedral Hill was designed to integrate with other buildings on the site.

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

Parking: $32,500

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

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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.

About Windmill

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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For more information, please contact:

Amy Talbot

Avenue Design Group Inc.

613-749-9449 ext. 5000

amy@avenuedesign.ca

 

Jonathan Westeinde

Windmill Development Group

613-820-5600 ext. 158

jonathan@windmilldevelopments.com

 

 

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