Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Limited (privately-held corporation with ownership of Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Marlies Hockey Club, Air Canada Centre, and Leafs TV + Raptors NBA TV) is behind an innovative, forward-looking project development called Maple Leaf Square. Being inspired by the mixed-use projects developing around sports franchise centers such as Dallas and Miami, the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Corporation will be unique in one significant aspect: it’s green, LEED-certified, that is. The project, designed by KPMB and Page + Steele, contains two aspiring towers (54 + 50 floors) built on top of a seven story podium, all including the following: 900 residential condominiums, boutique hotel with about 170 rooms, 6,000 square foot daycare, over 200,000 square feet of office space , indoor/outdoor swimming pools, fitness facilities, and high-technology restaurants, sports bars, and retail stores. It’s the quintessential multi-use development of the future, blending sports, entertainment, living, vacationing, night life, and work.
In addition to being one of the most technologically advanced building structures in the world, the project contains some important green features (note, technology also can make a building green): green roof, energy-efficient appliances in every suite, Enwave (low cost, energy efficient supplier of heating, cooling, and domestic hot water supply), individual storage/bicycle lockers, and close proximity to Toronto’s PATH system. Technologically, the building will use RFID door locks and Intelligent Building Technology (visit the website for a demonstration).
The project has been welcomed with open arms by the public; reports vary, but the Residences of Maple Leaf Square are reportedly 95% sold already. Talk about unmet demand for a modern, green structure! Available residences range in size from 400 – 2,100 square feet and price from $200,000 – $1,400,000. North Tower opens in October 2009 and South Tower in March 2010. Found by EarthChangeII.