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Renovations—Dos and don'ts

 

In recent years, many owners have been renovating their units to improve the appearance and value of their investment. If you are contemplating doing the same, remember the following:

 

Do:

  • Tell Security well in advance when the activity will take place so that a notice can be posted in the elevators;
  • Ensure that all work is done according to code; • Read Section 2.11 of the Residents' Manual for more rules before you start; and
  • Make sure your contractors only use the service elevator and protect and keep clean all related common area hallway carpets.

 

Don't:

  • Do any major or noisy work except Monday to Saturday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM; and
  • Make any structural changes, including plumbing and electrical installations, without the Board’s written consent.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

 

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Customer Service Standard (deadline January 1, 2012) applies to condominiums. What does it mean for the St. George?

 

In general, the new Ontario Standard applies to all services provided by the Condominium Corporation, including maintenance and repair of common elements and facilities, access to common elements, calling meetings, enforcing bylaws and rules and communicating with owners and residents. These services are to be performed in a way that gives persons with disabilities “an opportunity equal to that given to others to obtain, use and benefit from the goods and services.”

 

So is the St. George compliant? 

  • We allow guide dogs or other service animals; 
  • We allow assistive devices; 
  • We allow support persons; 
  • We provide notice of any temporary disruptions of services; 
  • We have several methods of communicating with all residents and for receiving feedback; 
  • Our Directors and staff have undertaken the required on-line training; 
  • The building is fully accessible, including access to the 3rd floor pool, fitness centre and patio deck; 
  • We keep a list of all residents who may need assistance in case of an emergency; 
  • The Residents’ Manual and Security Staff Job Description both outline considerations and procedures for providing assistance to the Visually Impaired, Deaf & Hearing Impaired and Mobility Impaired in case of a building evacuation; and 
  • Our staff know and provide assistance to those who require and request it. 

If you have any questions, comments or observations to make the St. George even better, don’t hesitate to pass them on to a Board Member or our staff.

Guest Suite

 

The St. George has a newly renovated Guest Suite on the third floor to accommodate your overnight visitors. No need to send them to neighborhood hotels. The room is tastefully decorated, with new hardwood wood flooring. The bedding has been replaced, a new flat screen TV added and the bathroom completely renovated with new bath and toilet, new fixtures, a new tile floor and sink with granite counter. In addition to the convenient location, you can’t beat the price.  

 

For reservations contact Security at 613-241-7664.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The St. George

 

The St. George, which celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007, consists of 117 residential units. On the third floor, there is the guest suite, personal storage lockers, indoor pool, fitness centre, saunas, outdoor patio and barbeque. The second floor is commercial office space and our neighbours in the business arcade on the ground floor offer many services convenient and useful to residents. 

 

Facilities 

  • Comfortable, furnished guest suite 
  • Well-equipped fitness centre 
  • Heated indoor pool 
  • Saunas and showers 
  • Third floor outdoor patio overlooking the ByWard Market, with gas barbeque, covered eating area, swing chair and communal herb gardens 
  • Private ground level outdoor patio, accented with colourful flowers, shrubs and benches around a decorative pool and waterfall
  • Large individual units with balconies 
  • Large individual unit storage lockers 
  • Heated indoor parking places for all resident vehicles Indoor car wash Large indoor bicycle storage rooms 
  • Library and book exchange 
  • Garbage chutes on each floor 
  • Luggage cart and hand truck for larger or heavier items 

 

Services 

  • 24-hour security and concierge staff 
  • Dedicated cleaning and maintenance staff 
  • Travel agency and office of a chartered accountant offering corporate, personal and estate tax planning 
  • Regular laundry and dry cleaning pick up and delivery by three local cleaners 
  • Priority mail and package reception at security 

 

Advantages 

  • Active, forward-thinking Board of Directors involved with downtown businesses, the local community and the City 
  • Award–winning 3M window film energy conservation program 
  • Waste material recycling program: 
    • Proactive hazardous material recycling and disposal program 
    • Wine, beer and liquor bottle recycling program
  • Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan and Emergency Management Team 
  • Two Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED) in building 
  • 30 trained AED/CPR volunteer emergency response team members and regular drills 
  • Twice-weekly Aquafit exercise program 

 

Social and communication 

  • A cooperative and caring community of educated and well-traveled residents 
  • A congenial, multicultural group consisting of present and former leaders and professionals in business, government and education, plus foreign embassy staff 
  • Condominium-sponsored parties for all residents and owners in Summer (June) and Winter (December) 
  • Social and Welcoming Committee Social activities in the building or at one of the many restaurants, pubs and bars 
  • Volunteer Merit Award program 
  • Informative quarterly Newsletter 
  • Comprehensive St. George web site 

 

Downtown / ByWard Market advantage 

  • Spectacular views of the ByWard Market, Parliament, the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills from many units 
  • Outstanding vantage point to watch Canada Day and Casino du Lac Leamy fireworks, the Gatineau Festival of hot air balloons and brilliant Ottawa valley sunsets 
  • The ByWard market is Ottawa’s #1 tourist attraction—a one of a kind gem, rich in history, commerce, food and entertainment 
  • A multitude of farm fresh fruits and vegetables vendors plus 40 fish and cheese shops, bakeries and butchers of the Market and Downtown Rideau are all at your doorstep 
  • Many Market shops and restaurants are open on national holidays when most others in Ottawa are closed, some are open every day of the year including Christmas Day; some are open 24 hours 
  • Short walk to a multitude of shops, the Bay, Nordstrom, and over 180 Rideau Centre stores and services 
  • Next door to Home Hardware, a 24-hour Metro grocery store, a large Rexall drug store, an LCBO with the largest Vintages in the City and the Beer Store 
  • Just blocks from the University of Ottawa campus 
  • Close to the Notre Dame Basilica plus ten other churches of various faiths and a synagogue 
  • Next to Ottawa’s two premier hotels, the Fairmount Chateau Laurier and the Westin, plus four others and their many facilities 
  • A new day care on the corner plus two community centres close by 
  • Walking distance to Major’s Hill park, the World Heritage designated Rideau Canal and the Ottawa and Rideau rivers 
  • Only two blocks from City lap-pool, sauna and gym 
  • Close to great cycling, rollerblading and walking paths along the Ottawa river, the Rideau river, the Rideau Canal, various parkways and the Trans Canada Trail 
  • Close to frequent OC Transpo Transitway buses and several other convenient bus routes 
  • Only a few blocks from three post offices and two public libraries 
  • Less than five minutes response by Ottawa Police, Fire or Paramedic Services located near by 

  

Culture, dining and entertainment at your door 

  • Only a few minutes to the National Arts Centre, National Gallery, Parliament Hill, the National Archives, the Arts Court Theatres, Ottawa Little Theatre and three national museums 
  • Four blocks from the Ottawa Congress Centre and its many exhibits, conferences and special events 
  • Action central for Canada Day, Winterlude, the Tulip Festival, the Jazz Festival, many other festivals, Remembrance Day ceremonies and the changing of the guard on Parliament Hill 
  • A quick walk to three movie theatres 
  • Surrounded by more than 130 restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets 
  • Close to numerous coffee shops and some 35 pubs, lounges and nightclubs 
  • Buskers, musicians and singers in the Market all year long make it an exciting and special place to live In the midst of many significant Canadian historical sites, buildings, statues plus numerous events and parades 

  

Additional benefits 

  • Many residents have sold their second car. Some own no car at all and only rent one from the Hertz dealer in the Market when required 
  • Many St. George residents travel extensively which results in a valuable exchange of information on their trips with others in the building 
  • Several hours are saved every week avoiding Queensway rush hour traffic by those who work downtown or close by. Many residents walk to work 
  • Being able to walk to so many places is part of the St. George life style—fitness benefit 
  • No weekly outdoor chores such as cutting grass, raking leaves, digging gardens or painting fences; all adds up to a lot more free time to do what you really want to do 
  • In Winter, no getting up earlier to shovel the walk and driveway, warm up your car and scrape the windshield 
  • St. George staff and City crews give priority attention to clearing snow from sidewalks and streets in the downtown 
  • A biennial yard sale is organized by the condominium on the outdoor ground level patio area 
  • The polling station for both municipal and provincial elections is conveniently located in the St. George and the federal poll is just three blocks away 
  • Your morning newspaper is delivered to your door No salesmen or canvassers are allowed in the building 
  • When you travel, just lock the door, tell security and leave with no worries

 

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