- Building Boom in Kemptville
- The Heart of A Town
- LA Group Breaks Ground
- Ottawa Home Market 2015
- KYC Amazing Race
- We've Moved!
- CIBC Run for the Cure
- Construction begins on
Orleans Funeral Home
- LA Group awards $500 bursary to
promising young student
- Old Town Kemptville BIA
and LA Group Partnership
- LA Group and the Kemptville
Lawn Bowling Club
- KYC Hosts Celebrity Breakfast
- Letter to the Media Regarding
the Closing of Kemptville
Campus, Guelph University
- Kemptville Meadows Raises
$18,500 for Kemptville District
- Country Living in Kemptville
- LA Group Project Lends a
Helping Hand to Home Buyers
- Kemptville District Hospital
Names Emergency Treatment
Room in Honour of Kemptville
Meadows, L.A. Group Support
- LA Comes to Kemptville
- Z6 Urban Lofts
April 16, 2016
A year after launching condo sales at Kemptville Landing, we’re ready to break ground on the first of two buildings in the town’s core!
The Ottawa Citizen looks ahead at the home market in 2015, and what happened in 2014 to make things change.
One thing’s for certain, Kemptville is growing! With 2 developments coming up, LA Group is proud to be included in the what’s launching in 2015 section. Our dramatic, heritage inspired twin condo towers are ideally located between Reuben Crescent and historic Prescott Street. This 104-unit condominium is a reflection of urban style living in a downtown location that is steps away from over 60 local merchants and services.
A variety of square footage is available, from 490 – 1800, with prices ranging from the low $100’s to $350+.
On Wednesday, October 29th the Kemptville Youth Centre held their Amazing Race event. The kids were placed in small teams and had to complete challenges at various businesses around downtown Kemptville.
LA Group set up a station where using a measuring tape, calculator and math formulas the kids had to figure out the total area of various wooden shapes. Only once they got the correct answers were they allowed to move along.
The kids worked together to get the answers (and with very minimal assistance from the LA Group team!) and got to use some of their math skills in a real-world practical environment!
Congratulations to the KYC and all the participants! We were proud to help out and look forward to the next event!
Read the full story by clicking HERE.
LA Group CEO Gilles Brisebois was proud to help out at the 2014 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Run for the Cure. Over 7,200 Participants and volunteers came together and raised over $1 million in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region.
24,400 women are expected to develop breast cancer in 2014, and having 3 daughters makes breast cancer a cause that is near and dear to Gilles’ heart. The funds raised at the Run will help bring the world one step closer to a future without breast cancer.
Joanne Sarazine Dore, Volunteer Coordinator, writes that “You all make this inspiring and emotional day possible and it is the Committee’s pleasure to say ‘thank you’ for making it such a success.
LA Group CEO Gilles Brisebois, and dear friend Jackie Partridge.
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Ottawa – Heritage Funeral is pleased to announce that with today’s ground breaking on their new family owned and run funeral complex, they are one step closer better serving the needs of bereaved families in Ottawa.
The new building that will be located at 1250 Trim Road at Corner of Trim and Taylor Creek Drive, will be 21,500 square feet. Built by LA Group, Heritage Funeral Home will become the first funeral home in Ottawa and in Ontario to also have an on-site crematorium.
Based on research into new funeral service offerings across the country and the industry, the new complex will feature:
- On-site crematorium
- Visitation rooms that can adapt to accommodate large or small gatherings;
- A chapel that can seat up to 300 people;
- Two distinctive reception rooms;
- Capacity for multimedia tributes;
- Easy access to public transportation; and
- Large parking lot
LA Group CEO Gilles Brisebois notes that the home has a personal meaning for himself as well – having been born and raised in Orleans, he is delighted to be going back home and contributing to the growth of the community.
The building is expected to open to families at the end of March 2015.
(From left to right) Gaston Gaudet, Mike Roossien, John Angelosante, Guy Souligny, MP Royal Galipeau, Monsignor Peter Schonenbach, Germain Souligny, MPP Marie France-Lalonde, Councillor Stephen Blais, and Benoit Robert.
KEMPTVILLE, Aug 22, 2014.
LA Group of companies announced the name of the summer student who is awarded a total of $500, thanks to the annual edition of the company’s bursary program.
Every year, LA Group awards a bursary to the amount of $500 to a promising young student who has worked for the company while pursuing higher education. LA Group choses the winner based on the student’s potential, work ethic, and dedication to their education. The summer-work program is designed to recruit fresh talent, support the Kemptville youth community, and prepare students for the work world.
Congratulations to Olivia Charlebois, who worked her way up to Sous-Chef at LA Group’s restaurant Lock 17. Olivia has shown tremendous promise, dedication, and growth over the summer. Olivia will continue her education in Geological Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston.
Read about it in the North Grenville Times:
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July 24, 2014
The Old Town Kemptville BIA announces firm support to the new condo development being built by LA Group. We are very excited about the partnership between the BIA and our Old Town Condo Development, located right in the heart of Kemptville, steps away from shopping and restaurants! Stay tuned to see the exciting offers we offer in conjunction with the BIA to make Old Town Kemptville a wonderful addition to the community!
Wednesday, June 18th 2014
LA Group is proud to be a major sponsor of the Kemptville Lawn Bowling Club! Over the past few years the Kemptville Lawn Bowling Club’s membership has dropped – partly as a result of the Municipality removing the green space. The Club is looking to rebuild its membership and LA Group is proud to help out by purchasing 30 memberships, which will be offered up to buyers within the Old Town Kemptville development. The club will help draw visitors to the downtown core, with tournaments and games held on the evenings and weekends. A revitalized club is good for the park, the town, and LA Group!
From the Kemptville Advance, June 12th, 2014.
The North Grenville community celebrated the Kemptville Youth Centre with the third annual Old Town Celebrity Breakfast.
The early morning breakfast get together was on Saturday, June 7 at the Kemptville Christian Reformed Church. Along with a great meal there was entertainment courtesy of Bruce Enlow and great food thanks to volunteers from the Kemptville Christian Reformed Church. The church also donated the space for the breakfast.
There were a number of speakers who spoke briefly of their relationship and support for the youth centre.
“Every dollar raised will stay local at our youth centre serving our youth,” explained Robin Heald, the executive director of KYC.
North Grenville Mayor David Gordon is one of the founders of the youth centre and serves as its honorary chair. The centre was first created back in 1984.
“I have been involved in the youth centre from the very beginning and it has been an honour and a pleasure,” said Gordon. The youth centre will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this July. The mayor pointed out that he expected to be back celebrating the youth centre in a hundred years. “I feel so blessed to live in North Grenville with all of its volunteers,” he added.
Heald thanked all of the sponsors for the event. “We pay almost $6,000 each year in property taxes,” said Heald. She explained that $5,000 had been raised before the breakfast had even begun. Fred Heller, representing the LA Group and speaking for Old Town Kemptville said, “I want to congratulate the youth centre on its significant role in the community. We will continue to support them.”
The LA Group is working to help revitalize Old Town Kemptville with its building projects especially the Twin Towers project planned for downtown Kemptville.
MPP Steve Clark was on hand to serve up breakfast. “I have an extremely soft spot for the Kemptville Youth Centre. Robin and her team and all of their volunteers have done such tremendous work. If any of you have been to the youth centre like I have and been able to talk to some of the young people involved, it is an extremely close knit family. I want to thank all of the volunteers on making such a tremendous difference in the lives of young people in their community.”
Merrickville-Wolford Mayor Doug Struthers said, “We do need to remember Merrickville, Oxford Mills, Bishops Mills is the neighbourhood where the youth come from. It is important that the youth have a place they can call home.”
Councillor Tim Sutton manned the admissions table during the breakfast while Brenda Hill from Scotiabank pledged matching funds for every ticket to the breakfast sold at Scotiabank.
The title sponsor for the breakfast was Old Town Kemptville. The Kemptville Christian Reformed Church looked after the venue and the food preparation. The stage sponsor was O’Farrell Financial, the placemat sponsor was M5 digital and the sign sponsor was Classic Graphics.
There were another 19 area businesses who sponsored a table. They are: Mr. Mozzarella, Dr. Carla and Dr. Marriott, Samantha Rivet-Stevenson from RBC, Natures way Select food and Brewing services, The Kemptville Rotary Club, Dr. Rahimkhani, Walker and Associates Professional Corporation, North Grenville Business Builders, Cranberry Hill Animal Hospital, eQuinelle Golf Club, Paul McGahey Insurance, Tibbs Transport, Action Coach Business Coaching, Doni Robinson from Team Realty, The Heat Source, Connie Lambie, Business Network International-our local BNI, Canadian Paint and Wallpaper, and the Tallman Truck Centre who sponsored two tables.
Friday, March 14th, 2014
As a business leader in our proud community and graduate of Kemptville Campus, I find the announcement by the University of Guelph to close this campus to be short-sighted and worth of reconsideration. Kemptville Campus’ century-old tradition of research and innovation has contributed to signifigant advancements in food safety, farming practices, food manufacturing productivity and distribution – all the steps necessary for food for our families and a thriving, competitive food industry to drive jobs and investment. This spirit of innovation should be applied to continuing Kemptville Campus’ academic operations rather than simply throwing in the towel.
I urge the organizations that directly benefit from the campus’ presence and the commercialization of its valuable research and inventions to step forward to assist at this critical juncture. Our municipality, our province and our federal government all have a stake, as well as the farmers, producers, manufacturers and dairy and egg marketing boards who have profited from the research and outputs fuelled by the minds at Kemptville Campus. The potential for innovative partnerships, joint ventures with government, industry and international programs must be explored.
The impacts on future manufacturing investments in our community and the loss of a heritage landmark make this decision unacceptable. And in this age of plant closures, workforce reductions in the food industry and economic downturn, the work by Kemptville Campus is more vital than ever – it attracts the food industry and related manufacturing by generating a skilled workforce.
When I was a young student, my education at the Kemptville Campus equipped me to not only learn about agriculture – I learned the accounting and business practices that define my business success. This made it possible to start my own business in Kemptville and hire local employees. I do not want to see this opportunity lost to the youth in our community who deserve the hope and confidence that comes with the presence of a Guelph campus. The future will always present challenges, and with these challenges come opportunities.
I strongly believe that Kemptville Campus has a role to play in shaping the future both locally and globally.
Gilles Brisebois, President, CEO, and Founder LA Group.
Pat McGrath – Ottawa Citizen
Less than two months after announcing the goal of raising $24,000 for the Kemptville District Hospital, based on a donation of $500 for each of its 48 remaining homes sold, this week Kemptville Meadows will present a first installment cheque to the hospital for $18,500. The funds will be equally split between the hospital’s Mammography Campaign and the Emergency Department. “I guess you could say we’re putting our money where our sales are, and sales have been better than expected for this time of the year,” notes Gilles Brisebois, president of L.A. Group and Kemptville Meadows builder. “There are builders that just build homes and then there are builders that help build communities. In our case, we have a very real commitment to supporting not just our immediate community in Kemptville Meadows, but the surrounding area as well. We are really trying to make a difference.”
Kemptville Meadows project manager Fred Heller says the decision to divide their contributions between the Mammography Campaign and the Emergency Department is an ideal fit for Kemptville Meadows that in many respects reflects the demographic of the project’s buyers. “We have a good mix of young families, empty nesters and single parent families… especially moms with kids, so to support such core services as emergency services and breast cancer screening makes a lot of sense. And the great thing is these are essential services not just for our residents, but a large percentage of the population.”
Kemptville District Hospital Foundation spokesperson chairman Dermid O’Farrell says he’s extremely pleased with the fact Kemptville Meadows is coming forward so soon, raising more than two thirds of its $24,000 commitment in a matter of weeks. “The funds raised by Kemptville Meadows will have an immediate impact on the Emergency Department, enabling us to continue to purchase critical supplies and equipment needed in order to deliver first class emergency services. And the funds that will be allocated to the Mammography Campaign will bring us one step closer to paying down the original commitment we incurred in order to build the screening facilities, so that we can continue to replace and update equipment throughout the hospital and provide the best possible health care services for the community.”
Apart from raising funds for the Mammography Campaign, moving forward Kemptville Meadows and L.A. Group plan on embarking on an awareness program to make more women in the region aware of the fact that the hospital offers breast cancer screening services for women not only in Kemptville, but also in the southern Ottawa area, also served by KDH.
Read more about the story or find out how to donate here: http://ottawastart.com/story/19094.php
June 13th, 2013
From the Ottawa Citizen http://ottawacitizen.com/life/homes/country-living-in-kemptville
When you plant the right seeds and nurture them carefully, growth will be strong and steady.
That, it appears, is exactly what is happening down Highway 416 at Kemptville, a blossoming community intent on living up to its “Green and Growing” slogan.
“For 10 years between ’99 and 2009 you could put a wager on that Kemptville would grow by 90 to 100 units a year,” says North Grenville planning and development director Forbes Symon.
Not any longer.
Ten years back, struggling urban Kemptville amalgamated with rural Oxford on Rideau and South Gore to became North Grenville. Some 11,000 lived there in those days; it’s pushing 16,000 today and the official plan targets between 25,000 and 28,000 by 2025.
“If I wave my magic wand, I see North Grenville as a steadily growing community with around 200 units a year,” Symon suggests. “This has to be done without losing control, by managing the growth. Intuitively, I think 200 is the tipping point. On the way we must ensure all the rural values that make this region attractive are maintained.”
That is something with which Regional’s eQ Homes sales manager John Montpetit will most certainly agree. His company has been living the dream since it acquired some 600 acres of land and built eQuinelle, with an 18-hole golf course as a key ingredient of a golfing community development.
“At the end of the day we will have 1,000 homes,” he says. “The 18-hole golf course is complete and we will be building a Barry Hobin-designed clubhouse for golfers and for all residents.
“We began with a plan for a community for families with kids and, in the very beginning, our two-storey-home models didn’t work out. Ours is the 50-plus market, people who want to sell their big homes and move into 1,500- to 1,600-square-foot bungalows.”
Some 200 homes are completed — including 50 developed and sold by Urbandale — and Regional plans for eQ Homes to grow by 75 to 100 a year.
As it has adapted its plans, Regional has also brought forward a series of apartments. Each of the buildings are three storeys, integrated into the country landscape. There are four units on each floor in the 1,000- to 1,300-square-foot range. Every one of them is a corner unit with windows on two sides. The price? In the $300,000 range, including underground parking, says Montpetit.
One unexpected bonus has also emerged. Regional is building a medical complex on the site housing 11 doctors and a pharmacy.
Outside, Regional has bought into the greening Kemptville concept. It will build a series of nature trails starting this summer for use by the community and there will be access to 11 acres of land on the Rideau River that it intends maintaining in its natural state.
“That provides the opportunity for people to kayak, canoe and nature trail along the river,” Montpetit says. “And we are doing walking trails to give people the chance to walk and jog through the community.”
That is something that excites planner Symon. “The Regional group is a huge proponent of trail systems and active transportation,” he says. “Biking, riding, cross-country skiing. They have a wonderful vision of an active lifestyle of parklands and walkways.”
If eQ offers one example of an environmentally sensitive path to growth, Symon is equally thrilled by the prospects for the 530-acre Northwest Quadrant of Kemptville off Highway 43. There is nothing there right now but plans are afoot for between 2,500 and 3,000 homes on property that has a 155-acre wetland in its centre.
Symon sees this as the perfect test for the Kemptville approach. He began by telling the seven property owners (a combination of developers and private owners who will likely sell) that the city intended to protect the wetland as a signature example of the green and growing philosophy.
“Each property owner brought along an engineer and a planner and we all worked together starting from first principles,” he says. “The first thing was the environmental inventory and the second line was that these lands will be protected.”
As a result, Symon says, the group ended up mapping a wetland for protection that was three times the size identified by the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Symon talks about environment-first techniques and wetland habitat protection along with walking paths and a public amenity area all integrated into the development. “We have the principles in place in a sustainable form,” he says. “This is how it is going to happen.”
Elsewhere, The LA Group development of Kemptville Meadows has finished 40 units of two- and three-bedroom stacked townhomes and has the next 48 under construction towards a total of 136.
“Of the 40 (finished) units we have two left for sale and there are nine left in the second phase, says project manager Fred Heller.
“We have made the home ownership transaction affordable without affecting the style and quality. We also have a unique financing package in conjunction with Home Ownership Alternatives out of Toronto. These mortgages enable people with less cash or lower incomes to qualify for home ownership.”
Heller says Kemptville Meadows targets first-time home buyers, downsizers buying something for retirement and single-parent families.
Stephen Hemsted is among those downsizing retirees who made the leap and he hasn’t regretted it.
“My wife, Sheila, and I like the town and the neighbouring towns. We wanted to move out of the pace of Toronto to a quieter life and since we moved in last August we have not been at all disappointed. We are so pleased with the home and the project and the prices are attractive.”
The LA Group is also behind what locals call the Twin Towers, planned as two 11-storey buildings to be constructed downtown with a total of 270 units. This is still under discussion.
So what is it that’s making Kemptville buzz?
Maybe it’s the $60 million in government funding, including provincial financing for expansion at Kemptville District Hospital, which now — thanks to the vision of CEO Colin Goodfellow — can boast some of the most successful orthopedic work in a small hospital in North America. The province also funded a new high school and a major addition to the Catholic high school. Then there was the new library, built with money from all three levels of government — federal, provincial and municipal.
Maybe it’s what Symon sees as a unique partnership planning system between the city and developers that emphasizes working together, removing barriers and speeding up the process — something he quietly hints is missing in Ottawa.
Maybe it’s because Ottawa is only a 30-minute commute away and housing prices are as much as 25 per cent lower. In addition, the U.S. border is 20 minutes to the south and the Montreal-Toronto Highway 401 corridor is minutes away.
Maybe it’s the growing number of big-name retailers who have moved in and continue to do so. An additional $25 million in shopping district development is on the way.
Whatever the reason, Kemptville is clearly nurturing the seeds it is planting.
Current Kemptville projects
eQuinelle (eQ Homes), eqhomes.ca
Country Walk (Urbandale), urbandale.com
Kemptville Meadows (LA Group), kemptvillemeadows.ca
Scholar Heights (Lockwood Brothers), lbchomes.com
Stonehaven (Park View Homes), parkviewhomes.info
Settlers’ Grant (Settlers’ Grant Homes), settlersgrant.com
Kempten Court (Westerra Homes), westerrahomes.ca
River Run (PMV Homes), pmvhomes.com
— Source: North Grenville Home Builders Association
May 10th, 2013
By Kelly Kent, OTTAWA CITIZEN
For Bonnie Bosak, the road back into home ownership was a complete nightmare.
She bought a home in Oxford Mills in 2007, moving in with her three children, who are now aged 12 to 26. A year and a half later, they were all quite ill.
“It came to light after some pretty heavy investigating that the house was contaminated completely with three types of toxic mould,” says Bosak. She faced a $100,000 bill after the sellers filed for bankruptcy, listing her as a creditor and leaving her with no way to take further legal action.
“As a single mom taking care of three kids, I didn’t have $100,000 to fix my house,” Bosak says. She was forced to give up her home and file for bankruptcy herself.
With her credit history in tatters, despite being successfully self-employed, she was left with no other option but to rent.
She moved to a home in nearby Kemptville, staying there until she learned of Kemptville Meadows (kemptvillemeadows.ca), a development under construction that was partnering with a Toronto-based non-profit organization that helps people buy a home.
February 6th, 2013
Established builder LA Group in concert with Kemptville Meadows, a community of family friendly, competitively priced homes nestled next to the Guelph University Campus and right across the road from the Kemptville District Hospital, are throwing their support behind the hospital and the community, with the launch of an aggressive new fundraising initiative.
For every home sold in Kemptville Meadows (there are 48 homes still for sale), the development will donate $500 to the hospital, with funds evenly split between the Mammography Campaign and breast cancer screening… and vital equipment for the hospital’s Emergency Department… for a total contribution of $24,000.
“Supporting the Mammography Campaign is near and dear to my heart,” notes L.A. Group president Gilles Brisebois. “I have three daughters of my own, we have close friends that have been affected by breast cancer and there are a lot of young families and single moms moving into Kemptville Meadows… so supporting such an essential service as breast cancer screening makes a lot of sense.”
For Kemptville Meadows project manager Fred Heller, the importance of the Mammography Campaign also hits close to home. “I have two daughters and two granddaughters and I can’t think of a better cause to support.”
Gilles is equally enthusiastic about the Emergency Room support, which will include the purchase of a new suture cart. “We have plenty of kids moving into our community and accidents happen… no matter what your age… so it’s great that we can help to ensure the Emergency Services provide the best possible care for our community.”
Beyond the funding support for the Mammography Campaign, Gilles is equally excited about working with the hospital to help encourage more women to take advantage of the hospital’s screening facilities. “This is service is available to women throughout the region… from Kemptville to Ottawa and we are deterimined to raise awareness over the fact from as far away as Ottawa you might be able to get proper screening sooner at the Kemptville District Hospital.”
Responding to this generous new fundraising drive, Kemptville District Hospital Foundation chairman Dermid O’Farrell had high praise both for L.A. Group and Kemptville Meadows. “On behalf of the KDH Foundation, I want to say how much we appreciative the LA Group and Kemptville Meadows for their strong community support. This commitment, which was initiated by them, to help others in the community through the mammography program and by helping to fund vital and updated equipment will
be beneficial to all who need treatment at our Hospital. LA Group’s dedication will play a crucial role in the Foundation’s mandate of providing equipment to help KDH ‘build healthier communities.”
Moving forward, Kemptville Meadows in concert with the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation will provide regular updates on the fundraising progress. As an essential service to the community, they’ll also hlep ramp up awareness for the Mammography Campaign. To learn more about this fundraising drive, you can contact Kemptville Meadows directly at 1-613-366-2007 or email email@example.com
Photo One (Top): Fred Heller, Kemptville Meadows Project Manager (left) and Dermid O’Farrell, Chair of the KDH Foundation Board, at the unveiling of new signage for a treatment room in the hospital’s ER. Bearing the names of Kemptville Meadows and L.A. Group, the signage is in appreciation of Kemptville Meadows’ generous pledge of $24,000 to the Foundation; the first instalment of that pledge, a cheque for $18,500, was presented to the KDH Foundation at the time of the unveiling, on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. The funds will be split between the hospital’s mammography program and emergency care.
Photo Two (Bottom): left to right, Mike Roossien, Project Manager, LA Group, Colin Goodfellow, KDH CEO, Fred Heller, Kemptville Meadows Project Manager, Dermid O’Farrell, KDH Foundation Board Chair, Lisa Evagelou, Sales Administration, Kemptville Meadows, John Bouza, Executive Director, KDH Foundation, Mike MacLean, Sales, Kemptville Meadows, Kim Deevey, Office Manager, L.A. Group.
Thursday December 27th, 2012
Residential developer L.A. Group steps forward as Kemptville Youth Centre’s 2013 Movie Night sponsor, donates movie projection equipment.
Youth in Kemptville are getting the big screen experience just in time for the holidays thanks to a generous donation from residential builder L.A. Group, developer of Kemptville Meadows. As part of an ongoing partnership with Kemptville Youth Centre (KYC), L.A. Group and Kemptville Meadows presented the centre with a $1,000 high definition movie projection system and will be sponsoring movie nights for area youth throughout next year under the banner L.A. Comes to Kemptville.
“I’ve had a personal interest in supporting the Kemptville Youth Centre for many years,” remarked L.A. Group CEO Gilles Brisebois. “They do an amazing job of providing the kids of our community with a positive social outlet. So when we learned of the need for a new projection system for their movie night, L.A. Group and Kemptville Meadows were happy to turn this need into a reality. The fact that we were able to make this happen during the holiday season makes it that much more fulfilling for us.”
“We all know it takes a village to raise a child. Having L.A. Group and Kemptville Meadows in our corner with their ongoing support makes the uphill funding challenges we face so much easier,” said KYC Executive Director Robin Heald in accepting the support. “We are excited to have them as our Movie Night sponsor for 2013.”
KYC movie marathons provide an opportunity for youth in the community to come together under one roof and share a big screen movie theatre experience that isn’t available elsewhere in North Grenville, added KYC Program Co-ordinator Andrew MacLean. “For 12 hours, youth can watch unlimited movies, share snacks with friends, and take part in a supervised sleepover unlike any other,” he said.
The support for KYC Movie Nights is part of L.A. Group and Kemptville Meadows’ ongoing commitment to give back to the community of Kemptville and North Grenville. In addition to providing a place for youth to meet and mingle, the centre offers several support programs and services such as homework assistance, cooking, skating, swimming and others. The overall mission of the centre is to engage youth in making positive life choices and reaching their full potential.
“We are providing well qualified staff and amazing programs for youth to combat the many risk factors that are part of their lives,” said Heald. “With supporters like L.A. Group and Kemptville Meadows, we can continue to fill them up with nutritious food and fun experiences while providing excellent role models.”
Learn more about the Kemptville Youth Centre here: http://www.kemptvilleyc.com/index.shtml#.U-vGZVb6lFw
From the Nov 28, 2009 edition of the Ottawa Citizen:
The revitalization of the Preston Street area continues to swell with a slick condo loft taking shape on a prime corner in Ottawa’s burgeoning Little Italy.
The L.A. Group — a local development company — is now developing the Z6 Urban Lofts. The company had a hand in Montmartre, a blend of historic apartments and new townhomes on the eastern edge of the ByWard Market and the transformation of Hintonburg’s École du Sacré Coeur into modern condos called Schoolhouse Lofts.
The five-storey building will be located at the corner of Balsam and Booth streets, allowing residents to walk to the traditional Italian restaurants on Preston or one of the many Asian spots along Somerset in Chinatown.
Princiotta has been in the construction business for more than four decades and is also uncle to Joe
Princiotta, president and CEO of Princiotta Group that builds custom homes. He lived within a block of the site when he arrived from Italy about 45 years ago.
The sleek brick, stone and steel condo is designed by award-winning local architect Toon Dreessen, who wanted the building to blend in with the surrounding residential neighbourhood.
The project will feature one commercial office space on the ground level and 26 condos, ranging from a 611-square-foot studio for $236,926, up to a 1,177-square-foot one-bedroom plus den condo for $427,926. There are 12 floor plans, and the project is now 40 per cent sold.
The target market is not age-specific, but rather geared to people who want to enjoy the experience of downtown living, says Phillip Justice, L.A. Group’s marketing and sales representative. “We have people who are semi-retired. We have young couples, we’ve got everything,” says Justice.
The building will particularly appeal to the media savvy crowd, because the group will be installing “lighting speed” fibre optic Internet throughout, which is included in the condo fees.
“It is a utility, just like water,” says Justice. “It’s the only building in Eastern Ontario that has it as part of the services.”
All of the lofts include 10- foot ceilings, granite or marble vanity countertops and vessel sinks in the bathrooms and granite counters with an undermount sink, contemporary flat panel cabinetry and extra-tall upper cabinets in the kitchen. A model of the kitchen is at the Z6 Urban Loft sales centre.
The granite and the hardwood floors are all standard, which will be attractive to potential buyers who don’t want to pull out a calculator to tally up the cost of upgrades. Typically when buyers go to a sales centre or a model home, they assume everything is an upgrade, says Justice. Suddenly they become concerned about the ultimate cost.
“They are surprised when we tell them, no, everything in that nice kitchen with the granite and the extra-tall cabinetry is all included. There is no extra (cost),” says Justice. “What you see is what you get.”
Also included in the price is a choice of engineered hardwood flooring, natural cork or bamboo.
The lofts don’t scrimp on lifestyle features. The building will be outfitted with a fitness centre, a planted green roof and state-of-the-art security.
The city is almost finished construction on Preston, which is good news for area residents. “What’s going on on Preston Street is going to make it better than it’s ever been because it is a real revitalization project. They are widening the sidewalks. There is going to be more room for patios at the different restaurants and pubs,” says Justice.
Read the original story here