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A Place in the Sky Winnipeggers who want to reach for the stars will soon have their chance with the coming of SkyCity, a $175-million, 45-storey city centre tower that is expected to house 388 residential units, 60,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail. “The idea,” says Fortress Real Developments President, Jawad Rathore, “is to create a mixed use high rise that offers residences and offices alongside commercial and light retail in a setting that is more in keeping with the needs of new urbanites who seek a live, work, play arrangement.” “When we looked at downtown Winnipeg we saw Toronto years ago, with its surface parking lots and empty buildings. We also saw a lot of opportunity in a great city with a lot happening. We wanted to be a part of the change.” Interest in the condos has been strong. In fact, SkyCity’s presentation centre sold 60 residences to its VIP guests on opening day of the public offering last September. This has been followed by still more sales as awareness and excitement has built. Today sales teams have inked agreements on over 35 percent of

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available units. Condos range in size from 529 square feet to 1,609 square feet, and are priced from $196,000 to over $700,000. The design will create an iconic structure that will be the tallest building between Toronto and Calgary. Not surprisingly, buyers are drawn to the opportunity for tremendous views. They are also highly interested in the design innovations and amenities that are part of this masterplanned project. Plans call for an 8-storey commercial and service podium, which will offer retail on the ground floor, including plans for a grocer. The 8-storey podium also includes dedicated indoor parking for the residents, guests and commercial patrons. There will also be guest suites, a grand lobby, a dedicated fitness amenity floor complete with a basketball court, fitness centre, weights room, yoga studio, and spin room, as well as club style locker facilities. On the expansive rooftop, architects have drawn in a ‘Sky Lounge’ with indoor dining facilities, a games room, large screen theatre and an outdoor terrace overlooking the city. Given the breadth of the development, Fortress turned to the best and brightest for the design team and partners. For example, condo interiors are designed by Union 31, an award winning Toronto-based multi-disciplinary design firm that specializes in hospitality and condominium developments. The on-site gym will be a Movement Haus fitness centre that is created by another ‘best in class’ firm, The Benchmark Group, a nationally renowned company that specializes in a holistic approach to health and fitness. Scatliff + Miller + Murray are the landscape architects on the project, and sales

are being handled by Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate. The guiding vision is one where people who live in the building will have a complete ‘under-oneroof ’ collection of services to make downtown urban living as convenient and service oriented as possible. Consider that for SkyCity residents a trip to the gym or grocery store could be done in the middle of a Winnipeg snowstorm without the use of a parka or car window ice scraper. As well, the new building would be attached to Winnipeg’s expansive skywalk system, making a coatless run out to attend a play at Prairie Theatre Exchange, take in a Jets game at the MTS Centre, or attend a business meeting a simple matter even amid the harsh realities of a Winnipeg winter. With available condos moving well, Fortress and their partners invite Winnipeggers to reach higher and get involved in this dramatic downtown Winnipeg concept by dropping into the sales offices at 275 Garry St. or visiting www.skycitywinnipeg.ca

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