Concert recently completed the acquisition of a property in downtown Toronto from the Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada (RSA). The architecturally-significant face of the existing building is being reconstructed into the base of Concert’s latest condominium development in Toronto, 88 Scott, and we were all intrigued when we discovered the existence of a time capsule within this building!
Several months ago, while going through their archives, RSA representatives discovered a pencil sketch depicting outlines of several people around the building’s cornerstone inserting what appeared to be a time capsule.
Since RSA was the original owner and builder of the 1951 building, Concert has retrieved the time capsule and returned it to them. First, the wall was x-rayed to confirm the exact location. Then, two contractors invested a full day chipping away from the inside of the building so as not to disturb the façade. At a recent event to celebrate the closing of the acquisition and the strong working relationship established between Concert and RSA, the surprise was announced. Although loose, the time capsule required a few more minutes of chipping to free it from the granite and mortar encasement. The final honour of removing the capsule was given to Elizabeth Carpenter, RSA’s Director National Corporate Services. The time capsule itself appeared to be made of brass and weighed several pounds. RSA plans to have a special time capsule opening ceremony at their office and will let everyone know what they find inside.
What do you think is inside? Stay tuned for the follow-up story that will reveal the mystery.
Checking in on Harbourside
Concert and the City of North Vancouver recently held a public information session and two town hall meetings regarding our proposed development at Harbourside in North Vancouver. These events allowed people to come out and either learn about, or reacquaint themselves with, the community consultation process to date as well as Concert’s vision for a mixed-use Harbourside community.
Among other aims, Concert has worked to demonstrate that the highest and best use of these undeveloped waterfront lands is a mixed-use community that includes both residential and commercial space. Adding residential to Harbourside will:
Provide opportunities to live, work, shop and play in a compact, complete community.
Add life, vitality and security to the business park beyond work hours.
Improve the demand for high-quality employment-generating spaces.
Provide a variety of condominium and rental housing options.
Improve existing traffic, transportation and parking concerns.
Provide community amenities to the City of North Vancouver, including “in-kind” cash contributions to support community initiatives.
The next step in the process is a public hearing, which is tentatively scheduled for June. The hearing is a formal meeting with Council where residents, local business owners and other stakeholders can voice their opinions to Council about the addition of residential uses at Harbourside. Should the land use change be approved, further public consultation will be undertaken as the project moves through the rezoning process.
The life of a senior in one of Concert’s Tapestry Retirement Communities is unique – and not just among seniors. In addition to top-notch, restaurant-quality food and first class residences, residents have access to a wide variety of programs and special activities that are going on literally every day. At each community there is a full-time Recreation Manager that works tirelessly to create a comprehensive calendar of events with an interesting assortment of recurring and one-off activities, averaging roughly eight per day!
In Vancouver, Tapestry at Wesbrook Village residents recently enjoyed back-to-back cultural days. The Mexican-themed day was complete with an authentic lunch, piñata and even a live Mexican band to add some extra flavour to happy hour. The very next day, residents were virtually transported to India where they enjoyed an Indian lunch and were taught the basics of Bollywood dance.
At Tapestry at Arbutus Walk, also in Vancouver, the Hiking Club recently ventured out into Rocky Point in Port Moody to experience the great outdoors Tapestry style.
Over in Toronto, Tapestry at Village Gate West recently hosted a “Spring Fling” where an assortment of vendors were brought in to create a spring market – where Tapestry’s own jewelry and painting clubs also had the opportunity to sell their creations. The event was topped off with a spring fashion show that utilized residents as the models.
For more information about the Tapestry lifestyle, visit www.DiscoverTapestry.com.
On the road to conquering cancer
Concert is proud to once again be participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer in support of the BC Cancer Foundation. The team of 10 cyclists, including Concert’s President & COO, Brian McCauley have already begun training for the more than 200km trek over two days on June 16-17 from Vancouver to Seattle.
“We are vaguely optimistic the weather will be better this year. Well, it would have to be as it couldn’t be any more wet or cold than last year!” said Jonathan Meads, Sustainability & Project Manager at Concert.
While those who participated last year will freely admit that the ride is gruelling at times, the feeling of camaraderie that comes from riding alongside thousands of others also taking a firm stand against cancer makes it all worthwhile.
The team is aiming to raise $50,000 this year and welcomes donations of any amount. Please note that the deadline is June 1, 2012. To make a donation there are two ways to go about it:
Click here for a link to a form you can fill out and mail to the BC Cancer Foundation. You can also email it to our team captain, Jonathan Meads (JMeads@ConcertProperties.com), and he will forward on your form. This is the preferred method of donation, as you can attribute sponsorship dollars to individual riders.
Visit va12.conquercancer.ca; click donate at the top of the page, search for “Concert” to find our team and then click on our team name “Concert Properties."
Any and all donations are much appreciated and will contribute directly to the fight to conquer cancer!
Founded in 1989, Concert specializes in developing rental apartments, condominium homes and retirement communities, acquiring and developing commercial, industrial and infrastructure properties and in property management. With operations in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and the backing of more than 200,000 Canadians represented by the union and management pension plans who own Concert, our commitment is to build strong, sustainable communities across Canada.