Toronto-based Stanton Renaissance has deep roots in revitalizing pockets of land throughout the GTA and transforming them with projects that enhance local neighbourhoods through green design and innovation. As a leader in sustainable development, founder and CEO Louie Santaguida, was invited to be part of a panel of speakers at the Festival della Dottrina Sociale in Verona, Italy last November.
The discussion centred around the importance of developing solutions and suggesting policy changes needed for communities to become more sustainable as we continue to grow and build urban centres.
“We need sustainably new ways of thinking if we are to protect the lives of future generations.” said Santaguida. “Our guiding philosophy at Stanton Renaissance is to revitalize and renew dysfunctional land and spaces through environmental, ecological, cultural and socio-economic transformation.”
The developer’s latest endeavor, On the GO Mimico, is a prime example of their commitment to sustainability and positive urban development. The 27-storey condominium is set to rise at Royal York and New Castle Street in Etobicoke, just steps from the Mimico GO Station.
“Our residences will be expertly designed to be in harmony with their communities and the environment, while enriching the aesthetic and social values of the neighbourhoods,” explained Santaguida. “They will feature environmental elements that will raise the bar in responsible development and smart communities.”
Designed by McCallum Sather Architects Inc., On the GO Mimico will not only offer easy access to public transportation — allowing residents an alternative to vehicle use — but will also feature one of the most exciting new technologies in residential development today.
The GeoExchange and Cogeneration system used in the project is the first of its kind in a Toronto high rise and has earned the developer a nomination as a finalist in the QUEST Community Energy Building Awards in 2015.
The hybrid system uses the ground to store energy and then recycle it when needed, while
cogeneration goes one step further, producing electricity and heat from a natural gas powered heat engine. With conventional systems, 30 to 40 per cent of a building’s generated heat is wasted. But at On the GO Mimico, much of the energy is stored deep in the ground, working together with nature to store the energy and redirecting it when needed. The state-of-the art system is more environmentally friendly, reduces greenhouse gases and helps mitigate increasing condo corporation fees for homeowners. An added benefit is that resident’s won’t be affected by blackouts due to the consistent and uninterrupted power produced.
The use of GeoExchange and Cogeneration also helped earn the project a mention in the Government of Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy as a model for net zero communities and an example of how future developments can leave a smaller carbon footprint.
Although the development is already over 85 per cent sold, there’s still a great selection of suites available ranging in size from 524 square feet to 1,208 square feet. Features and amenities include Italian-designed and manufactured kitchens, a fully equipped fitness centre with yoga and pilates studio, party room, pet grooming area and outdoor terrace with barbecue and seating areas.
To learn more about On the GO Mimico, be sure to register online and contact the Royal LePage Your Community office in Richmond Hill at 905 883 1721 for a private viewing.