Preserving Toronto's Heritage and Sustainable Building Combine For A Spectacular New Community: Tridel's James Cooper Mansion



    TORONTO, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - On Thursday, November 1, 2007, Leo DelZotto,
President of Tridel was joined by downtown community members including
Councillor Kyle Rae and Chris Crane, President of the Upper Jarvis
Neighbourhood Association, at a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the most
historic properties in downtown Toronto, James Cooper Mansion. This tour, led
by Phil Goldsmith of Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects and guides in
period costumes, celebrated the launch of Tridel's newest community aptly
named, James Cooper Mansion.
    Following a pioneering collaboration with the City of Toronto and the
local community, Tridel is breaking new ground with this project, by carefully
integrating the property's 19th-century architecture within Tridel's
award-winning best practices in sustainable building and design. Once
complete, the keystone innovation in this community will be the adaptive reuse
of the mansion structure. Impressively this will include the relocation of the
building itself.
    Early in 2008, James Cooper Mansion will be braced, blocked and jacked
onto a steel carriage and moved 21 feet east and 5 feet south. An
extraordinary feat of engineering, moving this 7,000 square foot, 800 ton
building is believed to be the largest structural move of a single family home
in Canada, ever. This move will ensure that this historic building is uniquely
integrated into the new residence and remain an important part of the history
of Sherbourne Street.
    Surrounded by local community members, Leo DelZotto recalled, "When
Tridel acquired this property in 2005, we understood that the cost and effort
to preserve the site's unique heritage would be a challenge, but we were also
certain it was a tremendous opportunity. Today, we are thrilled to present the
results: a new condominium residence that will preserve an important part of
Toronto's history developed through a successful community collaboration."
    Councillor Kyle Rae noted, "The City of Toronto is pleased that this
positive partnership with Tridel has resulted in such an important heritage
site being preserved and reinvented into a sustainable urban community."
    Phil Goldsmith, who led a pioneering architectural panel that reviewed
the project's plans, drew particular attention to Tridel's commitment to
collaboration. "Through the voluntary peer review process, Tridel has
demonstrated their commitment to working with the community to achieve
exemplary integration of the heritage of the James Cooper Mansion in the
residence's design."
    Chris Crane commented, "The Upper Jarvis Neighbourhood Association
greatly appreciates all the effort Tridel has put into satisfying the local
community's desire for the preservation of this important heritage site and
responsible urban development. We look forward to welcoming new residents to
our neighbourhood."

    Ensuring architectural and historical integrity

    To make certain that James Cooper Mansion was respectfully restored,
Tridel performed a voluntary Architectural Peer Review of the residence's
plans. This involved four architects visiting the site, reviewing Tridel's
plans and offering their opinions and suggestions. Tridel incorporated these
suggestions into the design and then presented them to the local community for
their input. Interestingly, this process, done on a completely voluntary
basis, will now become standard practice for all developers working with
Toronto heritage sites.
    As a result of this process, James Cooper Mansion will elegantly unite
the past and the future with property's turn-of-the-century architecture
integrated into the sleek and modern, environmentally sustainable, 32-storey
condominium community, offering two-bedroom homes priced from the
mid-$300,000's. Suites will boast a sophisticated design with the spacious
living areas featuring nine-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens with chic granite
countertops and expansive windows, treating residents to remarkable vistas.
Luxury bedrooms feature spa-inspired ensuites and spacious closets. The
Heritage Collection, a limited number of extravagant penthouse residences,
will take the luxury of condominium living to a new level.
    At the base of this elegant condominium will be the restored James Cooper
Mansion, which will be home to the refined and elegant JCM Club, featuring all
recreational and leisure amenities. Residents will enjoy a sophisticated
parlour, theatre, pressroom and boardroom along with a party room, billiards
hall, and a fully equipped exercise and weight area. Of course, residents will
thrive in the welcoming, close knit and historic neighbourhood of Bloor and
Sherbourne, where immediate access to the TTC, including the Sherbourne subway
station makes urban travel easy. The countless local boutiques and parks make
recreation an enjoyable adventure.
    Consistent with Tridel's commitment to the environment, James Cooper
Mansion will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED(R))
certification and will host a variety of energy saving features. These
features include low-flow showerheads, dual flush toilets and Energy Star(TM)
appliances, energy efficient window systems and low maintenance plank
flooring. Committed to best building practices, Tridel's move and restoration
of James Cooper Mansion will prevent wasteful demolition thereby reducing
materials being sent to landfills.

    The heart of history

    James Cooper Mansion is an icon of an explosive period in Toronto's
downtown development. James Cooper's success as a boot and shoe manufacturer,
importer and wholesaler allowed him to buy the property in the St. Thomas Ward
at the north end of Sherbourne Street. Built in 1882, James Cooper Mansion is
grand in both scale and form, following the fashionable Second Empire
architectural style. In 1910, the James Cooper Mansion was sold to the Knights
of Columbus and remained in their possession until being purchased by Tridel
in 2005.

    Tridel

    Tridel is Canada's leading developer and builder of condominium
residences with more than 70 years of homebuilding experience. To date the
Tridel Group of Companies is responsible for producing over 66,500 homes, and
continues to lead the industry in innovation, technology and design. Tridel is
determined to develop condominium communities that meet the needs of today's
homeowners while safeguarding the well being of future generations. The
company is working to meet this goal by focusing on environmentally
sustainable building design and performance in construction and corporate
stewardship.
    In recognition of Tridel's outstanding service to its homeowners, Tridel
has been awarded the coveted 2007 Ontario High-Rise Builder of the Year Award
by Tarion, formerly known as the Ontario New Home Warranty Program, and Home
Builder of the Year by BILD - Building Industry and Land Development
Association. Tridel also received the City of Toronto 2006 Green Award for
Energy Conservation and was the recipient of the 2007 BILD High-Rise Green
Builder of the Year award. Most recently and for the second consecutive year,
Tridel ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with New Condominium Builders
in the Greater Toronto Area" by J.D. Power and Associates' Canadian
New-Condominium Builder Customer Satisfaction Study(SM).




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