Halifax embraces eco-friendly living

With Halifax’s most eco-friendly lofts nearly at capacity after opening its doors to residents in July, it’s clear that Haligonians are embracing green living alternatives.

The Grainery Lofts, a Southwest Properties development, marks the first privately developed, LEED-registered multi-unit residential development in Atlantic Canada. As its name suggests, it’s located directly in front of the grain elevators where downtown and South End Halifax intersect. The building’s carbon footprint is about 40 per cent less than other apartment buildings.

“We saw an opportunity to take something negative – an underutilized, industrial urban site – and transform it into a clean, environmentally conscious and livable positive,” says Jim Spatz, Chairman & CEO of Southwest Properties. “The response has been very encouraging and we hope to see more eco-minded projects continue to spring up across the city.”

Nearly three quarters of available lofts are now occupied since the Grainery Lofts opened less than two months ago, including all of the building’s one bedroom lofts. Fewer than 30 two bedroom lofts remain available for lease.

“For the majority of our tenants, the building’s environmental reputation is what attracted them initially,” says Kelly McGuire, Leasing Consultant for the Grainery Lofts. “After viewing the lofts, what resonated most was the level of design and quality of the lofts: the floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. These features are typically unheard of in apartments in Halifax.”

Developed by Southwest Properties, the Grainery Lofts’ modern design and environmental considerations benefitted from the contributions of Breakhouse Inc., Kassner/Goodspeed Architects Ltd. and Solterre Design.

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For more information about the building and lofts, visit thegrainerylofts.ca



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