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What we can learn from the looming GM closure in Oshawa

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What we can learn from the looming GM closure in Oshawa

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When Christian Huggett first heard the news that General Motors Canada was closing its Oshawa assembly plant, like many of us, he was disappointed.

After all, the loss of at least 2,500 jobs – not to mention untold positions in related suppliers – in a community of 170,000, is going to hurt. Hurt whom, and how badly, are the only questions.

“We thought it was a shame, given the long history of GM in Oshawa and the legacy it has created in shaping its past and providing jobs for many,” the vice-president, development, at Podium Developments, Toronto, told Condo Life.

Economic diversity

“We also understood that the employment sector in Oshawa has been shifting for some time, and Oshawa has healthily diversified to add technology, educational institutions, healthcare, administration and many professionals to its offerings of great jobs and companies in the market.”

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While various governments and the plant’s union vow to try to find some way to save the operation, resurrection seems unlikely.

And it serves as a good reminder to us all – of how important it is for cities to develop diversified, modern economies. And how homebuyers should look beyond the headlines when researching their prospective new home location.

Opportunities remain

Podium, one of several developers building new homes in Oshawa, recently launched Ironwood Towns in the north end. The company remains confident in the city.

“We believe the North Oshawa residential market is not driven by the success or change in one industry,” says Huggett.

“This includes the significant GM news. It has not altered our plans. We continue to believe that the outlook is bright for home sales in North Oshawa, buoyed by its proximity and relationship to schools, the 407 network, the significant growth occurring and planned for North Oshawa, and that our site is unique in its physical and design characteristics to make it stand out.”

Buyers, too, then, can remain optimistic. There’s a lot more going on in Oshawa and other areas in Durham Region than just one industry and one company.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Podium Developments

Unique spaces and places at Podium Developments’ Ironwood in North Oshawa

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Unique spaces and places at Podium Developments’ Ironwood in North Oshawa

With the opening of the Highway 407 extension, North Oshawa is fast developing into a vibrant urban centre of its own, while maintaining a deep commitment to protecting its lush natural setting. Named after the hardest trees in Canada, Ironwood is an inspired new community of modern townhomes that offers that sought-after balance of lasting nature and a strong neighbourhood.

Set where the Oshawa Creek crosses Simcoe Street North and surrounded by acres of protected conservation area, forest and parks, Ironwood is destined to be an oasis of green spaces for active families.

New homebuyers who love the outdoors will discover that Ironwood, by Podium Developments, is literally designed for them, with amenities carved from the community’s own timeless landscape. The community has designated a large portion of its unique natural setting to private amenity areas that will have families outdoors and active.

Residents will stroll and bike along winding trails that form casual boundaries between amenity areas. Young families will meet and chat as they watch over their little ones at the Adventure Playground. Neighbours will delight in the Community Garden, Yoga Clearing, the Hillview Square and the Cattail Clearing set off by professional landscaping. In summer, an open field will be a sports pitch and, come winter, an outdoor ice rink while a nearby slope will transform into Toboggan Hill for kids to laugh and enjoy together. Furry friends will have their own off-leash dog park too.

At Ironwood, where nature is enduring, kids will thrive and grow strong while playing outdoors in all seasons and weather, and forming friendships that will last a lifetime.

By design, the townhomes themselves nestle into their remarkable natural setting. The strikingly authentic modern architecture makes expert use of woods and metals in clean and simple lines that define today’s aesthetic. Expansive windows invite the outdoors into the spacious, light-filled interiors designed for contemporary open concept living.

A choice of designs is available, with gourmet kitchens, lavish ensuites, backyard decks, and plenty of room to grow and play. Feature-filled and offering designer accents for today’s tastes, the homes of Ironwood will stand the test of time, and appeal to all ages and stages.

Not only is nature close at hand — all the amenities are nearby too. Restaurants, plazas, schools and community centres, with the exciting new Windfields Farm Shopping Plaza coming soon. Excellent schools such as Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology are across the street. Camp Samac is next door and Cedar Valley Conservation Area is over the road. The nearby Legends Centre offers a range of programs and a gym. The Oshawa Centre, Tribute Centre and downtown Oshawa are minutes away, as well as the GO Transit train and VIA Rail station, and along the waterfront are Lake Ontario trails and beach.

If you’re looking for a community as lasting as the tree it’s named after, register for Ironwood today.

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Ironwood Towns by Podium Developments now open in North Oshawa

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Ironwood Towns by Podium Developments now open in North Oshawa

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By Wayne Karl

Podium Developments and Building Capital have opened Ironwood Towns, a new community located just north of Simcoe Street North and Taunton Road in North Oshawa.

This private 11-acre property nestled between Camp Samac and Oshawa Creek, backs onto hundreds of acres of valley land, forest and stream, and is minutes to Cedar Valley Conservation Area, Centennial Park and Somerset Park. Ironwood is also conveniently close to public transportation options, shopping, dining and entertainment venues. The lifestyle offered in this community is one of nature and ease. It’s a seven-minute drive to Hwy. 407 and 14 minutes to Hwy. 401. Residents can also walk to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 10 minutes.

Situated on a private street, the 125 three- and four-bedroom contemporary freehold towns feature a private garage and driveway with two-car parking, and either a backyard or rooftop terrace. Architecture introduces a clean, modern addition to the neighbourhood.

With this first phase, 40 units are being released across three different models. Phase two is targeted for spring 2019 or earlier, if sales go well.

PRIVATE PARK

Well-planned, beautifully appointed, open-concept interiors receive generous natural light from large windows scattered over three full floors of living space. Residents will enjoy exclusive access to a private landscaped three-acre park, gated off-leash dog park, children’s playground, walking path, tobogganing hill and a sports field with a seasonal ice rink, all backing onto the protected acres of ravine lands. There’s even an area residents can share garden space with other members of the community, growing their own fresh vegetables.

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Units measure from about 1,700 to 1,800 sq. ft., with prices from the mid-$500,000s. All units have a garage and a driveway space for parking, with either arooftop terrace or private backyard, depending on the model. Backyards come with deck and fencing, small area for private garden and a direct walkoff from the main living floor. A maintenance fee of approximately $150 per month covers everyday upkeep such as landscaping and snow removal.

Ironwood Towns represents something of a transitionary project forPodium and Building Capital, since they have mostly collaborated on student housing to date. The partners recently opened University Studios in Oshawa – an eight-storey, mixed-use student housing project.

URBAN AND SUBURBAN

“The main concept (at Ironwood) is a combination of urban and suburban living,” says Christian Huggett, vice-president of development for Podium. “We’ve kind of brought condo finishes to suburban ideas… and tried to step it up from ‘builder basic’ finishings.”

The Ironwood Towns Presentation Centre is now open for preview registrations, at 1700 Simcoe St. N., Unit B. Hours are Monday to Wednesday noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 905.576.0139 or visit myironwood.ca

 

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