We recently announced a new mixed use community at 30 Ordnance and interest is growing. I can't say too much at this point, but I wanted to introduce you to the project.
Once complete, the site will contain approximately 5 buildings. In the first phase we'll see two building with residential podiums. In the later phases we'll introduce a retail component, so the area will also serve as a public space.
We're really excited about the team we've assembled to work on this. We're using the architects at Hariri Pontarini, landscape design by Claude Cormier and interiors by Munge Leung. We'd like for it to be a community with its own identity but with the added benefits of being right next door to Liberty Village, King West and the waterfront.
I think we're seeing communities like Liberty Village mature. The young people who bought there years ago are now having children. Including amenities for children at 30 Ordnance is something that's top of mind for us. If there's anything missing from the area it's that.
The housing forms are there. You have three bedroom townhomes in Liberty Village but the amenities that make it a viable option for raising a family are missing. We'd like to meet that requirement by adding some of those amenities. For example, we're considering adding a private school and we've seen support for the idea.
In future phases of the project I think we'll continue to see young, urban purchasers moving in, but more of them will be parents who are determined to raise their children in the city.
Not every downtown neighbourhood will be suitable for raising a family. Libery Village has the ability to offer that, but the Entertainment District less so. The St. Lawrence Market area is another example of a neighbourhood that can accomodate families, provided they don't mind living in an apartment.
It will be really interesting to see how this project comes together since we're still so early on in the design process. We're aiming to start marketing the first phase as early as spring of next year. We're also hoping make more information available on 30 Ordnance by the end of the year.
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