Tag Archives: Southshore

Meet Tiago and Pedro, Minto’s Managers of Land Development

Meet Tiago and Pedro, two of our fearless leaders behind our Land Development team. They are responsible for everything from advising on land acquisitions at the very beginning of a project to putting in roads, sidewalks, and parks at the completion of a project. Everything that goes along with building a community is looked after by these guys!

Minto Communities Team

Tiago is the Land Development Manager for Low Rise Construction, and Pedro is the Manager for High Rise Construction. For both Low Rise and High Rise, the Land Development team helps the Acquisitions team to advise them on sites in terms of zoning by-laws, planning, and legislation around a certain site. Once the land is acquired, the Land Development team works getting approvals in place from the municipalities, servicing, landscaping, and designing the community. They consider the growth in population, activity and demand on the community infrastructure that the new development brings and works with the municipalities to agree on the necessary requirements to build or revise.

In Low Rise projects, all utility design and approval is coordinated by the Land Development team. They coordinate the trades for servicing the development which then allows the construction team to come in and start building the project.

In High-Rise projects, hydro, gas lines, and sewers are the responsibility of the construction team, and the Land Development team is responsible for coordinating the consultant’s team, obtaining Official Plan and Zoning changes and coordinate the beginnings of construction with approvals and permits.

In Mid-Rise projects like Minto Longbranch and Minto Southshore, Tiago and Pedro work together finding the middle ground in developing a site that had elements of High and Low rise.

Mid-rise development Minto Southshore

After all of the home building is complete, the Land Development team is back in the community for another 2-3 years finishing the community with roads, asphalt, sidewalks, parks, and anything else needed to complete the neighbourhood. “It’s a long process that has us in a project right at the very beginning and right at the very end” says Tiago.

Another big part of Tiago and Pedro’s job is coordinating with local elected officials and creating a relationship with the community. They present our building plans to the community to ensure everyone is on-board and happy with the plan, listening to the neighbourhood’s concerns and taking them into consideration when developing the project. “It’s important to us to reach out to the community to initiate a good relationship right from the start of a project so that a good tone is set moving forward” explains Pedro.

The Land Development team is also responsible for protecting any heritage homes on a site that a city requires be protected in order to build. They coordinated the careful and meticulous move of the Cox House at Minto WaterGarden to another location on the site to make room for the condo building, and now the Cox House being refurbished for future use.

Cox House
The Cox House at Minto WaterGarden

Pedro and Tiago say that the biggest challenge of their job is maintaining the vision throughout the whole planning process. “You need to understand the end goal of a project and what it can be in the future, and then help it come to fruition” explains Pedro.

While there is a lot of planning and coordinating to do before the project gets off the ground, Tiago and Pedro both agree that the best part of the job is once the project gets to construction. “That’s when all the fun happens” says Tiago. “You finally get to see all the process and planning you’ve been working on come to life.” We’re glad we have two fantastic Land Development Managers making all of Minto’s projects come to life so well!

Minto Southshore Achieves Gold Certification in LEED Canada for Homes!

Minto Southshore in Etobicoke Toronto

Minto Southshore LEED Gold

We love Minto Southshore, not only because of the remarkable floorplans and stunning finishes, but also because of the innovative features and quality construction that deliver performance well beyond Ontario Building Code (OBC), benefit the environment, improve indoor air quality , and save  our homeowners money.

When our team set out to create Minto Southshore, we developed the project targeting Silver level certification under the LEED Canada for Homes building system. Now that the project is complete, we’re excited to announce Minto Southshore has exceeded expectations and been awarded LEED Canada for Homes Gold certification!

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is an internationally recognized third party verification program for sustainable building and energy performance. The LEED Canada for Homes certification is awarded by scoring a home or building’s performance in eight key areas of human and environmental health: innovation & design process, location & linkages, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, and awareness & education. By demonstrating excellence in each of these categories, the home or building has been acknowledged as a healthier, better building that will provide value to homeowners.

Here are some of the ways that Minto Southshore’s features contribute to the LEED certification:

Location & Linkages

–          Previously an industrial site, the Minto Southshore land was reclaimed for the community

–          Minto Southshore residents have access to a number of parks, stores, and services within a 5 to 10 minute walk supporting a healthier lifestyle

–          The TTC streetcar and GO Train are easily accessible reducing car dependency

Minto Southshore in Etobicoke Toronto


Sustainable Sites

–          The  stacked townhomes at Minto Southshorecreate a higher density of living spaces, using land and resources more efficiently

–          Bicycle storage for residents is located in the parking garage to support healthier transportation

–          Stormwater is managed on site through permeable pavers and an underground water tank that captures rainwater from rooftops and reuses it for irrigation in the community

–          Minto Southshore’s pathways, sidewalks, and roofing are made with materials that have a high solar reflective index (SRI). This helps to reflect the heat of the sun and minimize the contribution of the community to the “urban heat island effect”

MInto Southshore in Etobicoke Toronto


Water Use Efficiency

–          45% of the plants selected for Minto Southshore’s green areas are drought tolerant, requiring less watering to survive in hot dry periods.

–           The irrigation system is high-efficiency and is partially fed from the rainwater collected in the underground storage tank.

–          Homes are equipped with water efficient indoor plumbing fixtures, including the 3 litre per flush toilets that help reduce water use and utility costs.

Minto Southshore in Etobicoke Toronto


Energy Efficiency

–          The design and construction of Minto Southshore’s high performance homes surpass OBC energy efficiency requirements. The energy efficiency of the homes come from:

o   The building envelope for each home includes 1” of rigid insulation that blankets the exterior walls. This improves energy efficiency and comfort within the home

o   A high level of air tightness and quality control for the building’s weather barrier

o   High efficiency mechanical equipment for space and domestic water heating

o   100% high efficiency lighting including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)

o    ENERGY STAR qualified appliances


Materials Selection

–          During construction, 86% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill and re purposed or recycled

–          The framing designs of the homes optimized the use of lumber to frame the floors, ceilings and roof trusses

–          Homes at Minto Southshore are built with locally sourced, recycled materials. This includes the bricks, drywall and cement.

 Minto Southshore in Etobicoke Toronto


Indoor Environmental Quality

–          The heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system provides a continuous  supply of fresh air into the homes in an energy efficient manner

–          During construction, pro-active measures were taken to minimize dust contamination within the air ducts.

–          The hard wood flooring and low VOC carpets and paints contribute to a healthier indoor environment for our residents.


The green features at Minto Southshore go well beyond Ontario Building Code to deliver an innovative home that does as much as possible to enable residents to live comfortably with a smaller environmental footprint. This means living in healthy home, built with high-quality materials that will have long-lasting savings and benefits!

 To learn more about Minto Southshore’s green features, click here. And to learn more about Minto’s commitment to LEED, click here

The Final Southshore Construction Update


This is a bittersweet update from Minto Southshore. We’re so excited that construction is coming to a close and many of our residents are moving into their homes and building the community we’ve always envisioned at Minto Southshore, but sad to see the final update from our brand new Etobicoke neighbourhood.

Here’s what’s happening in the final stages of construction, along with photos of the neighbourhood.

Our residents started to move in to Block 1 on July 3 and by now the whole block should be fully occupied!


Residents of Block 2 started moving in yesterday and should continue to do so through to the end of the week.


We’ve started homeowner PDIs on Block 3, which means that they’ll be moving into their places very soon.

Block 4 isn’t quite at the PDI stage yet, but we’re getting the homes ready with the final interior finishings, the cleaning service, and residents of Block 4 should start their PDIs on July 21.


Blocks 5,6 and 7 still have some work to do before we start thinking about PDIs. On Block 5 we’re in the process of installing the finishes, the laminate, appliances and carpets. On Block 6 we’re still working on the drywall and Block 7 is working on insulation.


We’re also finishing up the landscaping throughout the site and once it’s done we’ll have a beautiful green neighbourhood!


Although Minto Southshore is currently sold out, don’t miss your opportunity to live in a Minto community! We still have homes available at Minto Longbranch and Kingmeadow. Click the links to learn more about them!

Southshore spring construction update

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 4.00.40 PM

We’re finally seeing signs of spring at Minto Southshore. We made steady progress during the winter, but now that the weather is warmer, we’re looking forward to putting a little spring in our step and seeing even more progress at the site. Here’s an update on what we’ve been up to lately.

Continue reading Southshore spring construction update

The momentum continues at Southshore

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 11.00.07 AM

Thanks to all the progress we made at Southshore last year, we started 2014 with a bang and the momentum continues. Here’s our latest construction update from the site.

Concrete Formwork  

We’re continuing the concrete work for the front entry porches into the townhomes for blocks 5, 6 and 7. The work is 70% complete.

Underground Garage Work

Enbridge has installed the garage main gas lines and suite meters below blocks 1-4. They are currently working on the gas turn-on for block 1 and installation will extend to blocks 5, 6 and 7.

The mechanical equipment and electrical work is in progress and will continue for the next few weeks.

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 10.49.43 AM

Excavation, site servicing and landscaping

The storm chamber tank has been installed below the berm and we’re currently backfilling the front entry porches between 6 and 7.

Weather permitting, over the next few weeks we’ll start the sub grade excavation for the berm as well as work on the landscape retaining wall north of the garage ramp.


The mechanical room equipment has been installed for 16 units on block 1. The interior finishing is in progress and the electrical finishing is almost complete.

On block 2 we’ve completed the drywall installation and we’re continuing with the mudding, sanding and priming. We’ve also started the interior tile/carpentry/painting finishing.

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 10.58.34 AM

The drywall installation is in progress on block 3 along with work on the insulation on blocks 4-5.

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 10.59.31 AM

We’ve completed the roofing installation on block 7 and the exterior window installation is 80% complete. On block 8 we’ve completed the exterior window installation and the main flat roof membrane roofing is 95% complete.

Southshore is sold out but you can check out our newest project Minto Longbranch which is just a few minutes away and is now selling.