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Ten years after first discussing plans to bring the Canadian Football League back to Ottawa, the “Dream Team” is headed into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. The hall of fame announced that Ottawa Sport and Entertainment Group partners Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, and others would be inducted in a ceremony at Lansdowne Park’s Horticultural Building.
Jimmy Buffett has announced plans to develop a string of retirement communities inspired by his classic "Margaritaville" and its themed chain of restaurants and resorts. For adults "55 and better" seeking an active community, the Latitude Margaritaville will open its first branch in Daytona Beach, Florida in partnership with Minto Communities USA.
Margaritaville, the company inspired by Buffett’s laid-back lyrics and relaxed Caribbean-esque lifestyle, runs restaurants, hotels, vacation resorts, and more that offer instant escape, announced a collaboration with real estate company Minto Communities USA to develop new active adult communities in seaside destinations around the country.
In January, builders, developers, designers and marketers were recognized at the National Sales and Marketing Awards. Minto Communities Canada won two silver awards for its work on two Toronto-based developments: Bside, a condo development at Bathurst and Front Streets, and Longbranch, a collection of stacked townhomes in the city’s west end.
Minto Communities USA completed its purchase of nearly 1,600 acres in Daytona, Florida. It plans to build the first phase of a 6,900-home community that would be the largest ever built in the Volusia-Flagler area. The $27.2 million transaction is the biggest-ever land sale in Daytona Beach by Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co.
Jack Watt is the grand prize package winner of this year's Dream of a Lifetime lottery. Worth more than $1.6 million, the prize includes a Minto home with all furnishings by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, $100,000 in cash, a 2017 Infiniti from Myers Automotive Group, house cleaning for a year from Molly Maid, and a $5,000 gift card from Farm Boy.
The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples by Minto Communities USA recently received Collier Building Industry Association 2016 Sand Dollar Awards for Community of the Year, Best Special Event for Residents for the Isles Club Grand Opening, and Best TV commercial. The ultra-luxurious Tamarind Grande model also won for Best Specialty Feature.
The federal government wants existing homes to be more energy efficient and for developers to build more net zero homes. They are expected to introduce changes to the national building code that will require builders to include more net zero homes - buildings that produce as much energy as they use - in housing developments in the next 15 years.
Depending on which one you’re in and where you look, the three new model suites at Minto’s UpperWest condo in trendy Westboro offer panoramic views of the surrounding neighbourhood, glimpses of the shimmering Ottawa River, a peek at the Peace Tower. It’s enough to make waking up on even the dreariest morning a happy event.
Builders who have constructed "net-zero" houses are urging Ottawa to go slow with any proposal to change the building code to require super-energy-efficient buildings to ensure the rising costs don't add to Canada's housing affordability problems.