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Westside Neighbourhood Profile: Colette Grand Café

Colette Grand Café – on Wellington Ave, just up the street from Minto Westside – brings modern French cuisine in a sophisticated and beautiful atmosphere you can’t get enough of. Located in the Thompson Hotel, this pretty and unique restaurant is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Surrounded by a beautiful park and water feature, Colette is a hidden oasis in a bustling city.

Colette Minto Westside

Colette brings Paris living to life with its Parisian-style interior. Designed by Gianpiero Pugliese of AUDAX Archiecture, the restaurant is divided into different areas for a bakery café, bar, lounge and library area, dining room and a wrap-around outdoor dining space decorated with elegant plants and shaded cut-out pavilion.

Colette Minto Westside

The café overlooks the Thompson’s courtyard pool. It’s a great place to grab a latte or one of their house made pastries. Inside, the café is cozy, elegant and quiet, allowing you to bring your laptop or a book to get some work done. The dessert cases in the café will make your mouth water with their stacks of delish French macarons, petit fours, tarts, croissants, baguettes and more.  Outside, the outdoor seating area is a beautiful extension of the indoor café, covered by a tall trellis and sitting directly over the water. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy lunch on a sunny day.

Colette Minto Westside

The café’s dining room has a lunch and dinner menu that embodies everything about fine French food. The menu features favourites such as veal tartare, goat cheese soufflé, foie gras and steak and frites. The bar is equipped mainly of French bottles and wine. All cocktails are premium and handcrafted.

Colette Minto Westside

Minto Westside will be steps away from this beautiful restaurant and café. Sip on handcrafted cocktails and enjoy fine French pasteries in your energetic neighbourhood on the Westside. The bakery is open from 7 am to 6 pm daily, and the dining room is open at 11:30 am and on Sundays at 10 am for brunch and dinner.

Colette Minto Westside

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Kenya Bruce

Coming soon to Front + Bathurst

Our newest condominium project is in the works, albeit still at the conception stage. This Front and Bathurst community is being designed by Wallman Architects, the masterminds behind the amazing design at Minto30Roe. There isn’t too much we can say about the project itself at this point, but its location alone makes it one to register for. The project will be surrounded on all sides by some of our favourite things about Toronto.

Directly to the south is Billy Bishop Airport making a weekend jaunt to NYC easier than ever. The Toronto Island ferry docks are just to the east, as well as Harbourfront Centre and HTO Park. Other nearby attractions include Fort York and the CNE.

Just northwest of the site are King West and Queen West, two fantastic neighbourhoods for shopping, restaurants and nightlife. There’s easy access to the Gardiner Expresway and a streetcar stop right at the corner making it easy to get to the Financial District, or anywhere else the TTC goes. Design and location will come together beautifully at Bathurst and Front. We can’t wait to tell you more! In the meantime, click here to register and we’ll make sure you’re kept in the loop.

On building for LEED: part II

In part I we looked at how LEED evolved from a pilot project to a green building standard recognized around the world. What’s great about LEED is that it encourages development in methods and technology that improve a building’s sustainability. When a benchmark is met by nearly everyone, the bar gets raised and developers continue to strive for this certification.

In the second part, we’ll take a look at cities around the world who are excelling in their adaption to the LEED standard.

Cities setting examples

LEED has become a huge consideration for both developers and buyers. The industry is shifting to support LEED standards by looking at design and functionality to see how a building can perform optimally for the people using it and the city it’s in.

Vancouver has green building policies for rezoning, new homes and renovations that are some of the most progressive in North America. The city currently has 46 certified projects. A good example is Southeast False Creek, which achieved Platinum for LEED for Neighbourhood Development. The development contains one of the largest collections of LEED buildings in one contiguous area in the world.

Montreal has over 55 LEED projects up for certification with more to come; all new City of Montreal buildings must be LEED Gold certified and all major renovations must target LEED Silver. Notable examples include the LEED Gold PERFORM Centre at Concordia University and, of course, the City of Montreal city hall.

Toronto has always been a strong supporter of the LEED rating system and even has its own Toronto Green Standard (TGS), a two-tier set of performance measures with supporting guidelines related to sustainable site and building design for new private and public development. Achieving the TGS contributes towards LEED certification. One initiative in particular LEED significance is the transformation of Toronto’s waterfront area, which participated in both the LEED-ND pilot and the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Climate Positive Development program.

Interestingly, Calgary, Edmonton, Mississauga, Ottawa and Winnipeg (in no particular order) have the largest number of registered and certified LEED projects in Canada. You can download a full list of every LEED certified project in the country here.

A perusal of the list will turn up a really interesting mix of projects, with some in unexpected places. While larger cities will typically have more certified projects, the list also includes projects in many smaller cities around the country spanning the residential, commercial government and educational sectors.

Across the pond, BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is the equivalent evaluation system in Britain. BREEAM has certified projects all over Europe. The first BREEAM Communities project outside the UK is in the works in Malmö, Sweden. Masthusen is a mixed use development that incorporates residential units, offices, shops and services, much like Southeast False Creek in BC.

The BREEAM website houses some interesting case studies that illustrate the huge range of opportunities that exist for making a city greener. There are some great examples of schools, research facilities, shopping malls and even prisons all over Europe that are innovating from the ground up.

What stands out in many of the examples of certified green buildings around the world is not only their approach to design and construction, but the holistic approach to how people will interact with the building and how, in turn, the project will interact with the city around it. It’s not just about about constructing buildings; it’s about building cities.

For us, creating an energy efficient building is just the start. we work really hard to choose smart locations near transit and amenities that will compound the benefits of LEED construction by allowing residents to live sustainably and enjoy a better quality of life.

LEED & Minto

As early adopters of sustainable practices, we’ve seen the difference it makes over the life of a building. Here is a look at some of our own LEED projects. Note that a project cannot be certified until it’s complete, hence the pending certifications.

Highrise Residential
5  certifications: Midtown, Radiance, Spring, Skyy, Roehampton
6  certifications pending: minto775, 30Roe, WaterGarden, 88, Southshore, Caledonia Towns

Richgrove Townhomes

Offices  (LEED-CS)
180 Kent Street, Ottawa

LEED for Homes Platinum
Inspiration House

LEED for Homes Silver
Stonefield Flats at Chapman Mills