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If you’ve walked along downtown Ottawa’s Sparks Street pedestrian mall recently, you will have noticed a new addition at 101 Queen Street. That’s because the site of reResidences by Ashcroft Homes is now equipped with a tower crane. Following the completion of the five-and-a-half level underground parking garage, the massive crane arrived on July 15th, in several pieces, spread across 12 flatbed trailer trucks. Using a 350 tonne mobile crane, crews pieced it together in sections starting with the tower mast, turntable, operator cab and finally the jib. At this point, the crane stands at a height of 260 feet, but will eventually reach 330 feet as the building progresses.

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Now that the crane is installed, it won’t be long before we see the structure start to rise above the neighbourhood. When completed in 2019, reResidences will consist of an 18-storey tower on Queen Street and a six-storey residence fronting Sparks Street, linked by a landscaped courtyard in between.

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Designed by Ottawa-based Roderick Lahey Architect Inc., the exterior is characterized by clean lines and modern glass, but also gives a nod to the area’s past by integrating the historic facade at 106-116 Sparks Street. Originally built in the 1870s, the heritage facade was disassembled brick-by-brick and is currently being preserved and restored.

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Inside, reResidences will house 91 spacious condominium suites and 110 luxury rental units with open-concept layouts, sweeping views, and designer features and finishes. Each luxury condominium boasts a choice of pre-finished five inch wide plank flooring or porcelain tiles in all main living areas, Sybaritic baths, rain showers and custom designed Corian sink and countertops in main bathrooms. Kitchens are well-equipped with modern appliances by Blomberg, Fulgor Milano, Jenn Air and Kitchenaid. Also standard are porcelain tile backsplashes, custom cabinetry, and your choice of granite or quartz countertops.

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Amenities include available pay-per-use white-glove services including valet parking and access to a tailor, shoe repair or dry cleaning services. The professional concierge may even arrange for a personal shopper, dog walking, housekeeping and room service.

Main floor lifestyle amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre with a sauna, theatre, party room, wine cellar, games room, lounge area, business centre, car wash bay, pet spa and a sports utility room for ski waxing and bicycle tuning. Up on the 12th floor, the exclusive SkyLounge provides the perfect spot for entertaining with breathtaking views of the city, Gatineau Hills and beyond.

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Of course, with an impressive Walk Score of 98, even more amenities are just walking distance away including boutique shops, fine dining establishments and charming cafés. Nearby attractions include Parliament Hill, the newly renovated National Arts Centre and the Byward Market. Plus, with convenient access to major thoroughfares and public transportation including Colonel By Drive, Highway 417 and the upcoming Confederation light rail transit line, commuting across the city is sure to be quick and efficient.

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Suites at reResidences start from the $400,000s. To learn more, please call 613 221 5928 and arrange an appointment at the presentation gallery located at 318 McLeod Street.

For more information call 613 221 5928 or visit reResidences.com.

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