Celebrating a long overdue revitalization of the first new Condominium building for the City in over 6 years at the Rivertown Terrace, traditional ribbon cutting from left were: Peter Valente, Preident of Valente Development Corporation; Jo-Anne Gignac, Windsor City Counicllor and Drew Dilkins, Mayor of the City of Windsor.
...BizX Magazine, June, 2015
VALENTE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on the last day of April (a public sales launch happened early in May) for its newly constructed sales office and model suites at Rivertown Terrace, 7485 Wyandotte St. East, Windsor.
"I am very proud to unveil these two beautifully decorated suites -- my team did an amazing job!" exclaims developer Peter Valente.
Enjoying the surroundings inside the "Model Suite" of what is to come in the 50 unit, four storey building are Valente Real Estate agents Rachel Lefaive, Ida Sproule, and Brenda Hawtin.
The planned $10 million development provides for a total of 56 units. There will be six Brownstone suites facing Wyandotte Street East (Phase I construction completed) and a 50 suite four storey apartment building (Phase 2, the "Apartment Suites" break ground soon).
Valente expects occupancy of the units to occur in the Spring of 2016.
"The location was chosen because it is an attractive site in an established area, and within walking distance to grocery shopping, pharmacies, medical services, banks, restaurants, and transit" explains Valente.
It is expected that many of these suites will be purchased by seniors that already live in the established Riverside subdivision, built 40 years ago. Other residents that Valente hopes to attract are people relocating to the Windsor area for retirement reasons.
If you are interested in learing more about the condominiums, visit the developer's website: valentehomes.com.
CONGRATULATIONS MARCO AND ASHLEY!
LOVE IN THE AIR. Marriage proposal puts Windsor woman on cloud nine
...The Windsor Star (Sharon Hill), June 10, 2015
Marco D’Antonio couldn’t find a plane to carry his matrimonial message across the sky so he got his fearful flyer of a girlfriend up in the air for one over-the-top marriage proposal.
It took two months, two test flights and a lengthy Saturday morning drive past Belle River to position his 45-foot long “Ashley Will You Marry Me? Marco” sign on the ground on a farmer’s grass airstrip to pop the question. But oh did it pop.
Ashley Crow was so surprised and excited looking down on the sign 500 feet below, she didn’t notice her boyfriend holding out an engagement ring beside her in the plane.
“Instantly I was shaking. It’s like cloud nine right away. It’s like an adrenalin rush,” Crow said Wednesday.
At first she thought it was odd that the pilot on their scenic tour over Windsor-Essex was pointing out a van and a sign on the ground. The fitness instructor is still stunned by the soaring proposal.
“Most women have this idea in their heads when they’re little girls, they fantasize about what their wedding day is going to be like and how their guy is going to propose to them. I never had that,” she said. “I just can’t believe it happened to me. It’s like a fairytale the way he did it.”
It almost didn’t go so well. The first time D’Antonio, a Valente Real Estate agent, stretched out the banner on the ground near the airport but the plane couldn’t fly low enough. His four-foot-high letters on a banner looked like a tiny business card. “It would have been a disaster.”
The second time he got permission from a farmer to use an air strip so the Cessna 172 could fly lower. The third time he was finally ready to invite his girlfriend saying he had a free plane ride. He held her hand when she was a bit anxious to be in a small plane and later she didn’t seem to mind flying.
She did eventually say yes. “I’m holding the ring. She didn’t even grab it. She just kept shaking and saying ‘I can’t believe this,'” D’Antonio said.
Love is in the air at the Windsor Flying Club.
Pilot Brandon Beneteau said the club has been involved in three marriage proposals this year, but D’Antonio’s is the first elaborate one with a sign on the ground. The other proposals were made during or after a flight.
Beneteau pretended not to know D’Antonio, flew low when he got to the grass airstrip and asked Crow to read the sign below. “It was pretty funny because you can hear the voices through the headsets and the microphone and it was just like a ball of tears after, of joy,” he said. “He’s like ‘Brandon, I think she said yes.'”
A one-hour scenic flight with the Windsor Flying Club costs almost $225 and you don’t have to propose to book one. Beneteau said it’s a good feeling for the club to be a part of somebody’s big moment.
“It’s a little different and creative instead of just the regular dinner and a movie, I guess.”
D’Antonio knew his low-key girlfriend wasn’t the type for a sports field Jumbotron proposal but he wanted something special. They’ve been dating almost three years and haven’t set a wedding date.
He’s getting grief from other men who say he’s making them look bad. “It’s got to be a memorable occasion, right?”
Future of Windsor Real Estate belongs to Seniors, says developer
... Grace Macaluso, The Windsor Star, May 1st, 2015
Peter Valente doesn’t need a crystal ball to see the future of Windsor’s new homes market.
“My personal belief is the future of Windsor real estate are the seniors,” said Valente, president and owner of Valente Development Corporation.
“When the housing market started to turn around four or five years ago, I made the conscious decision to go after that market.”
With this demographic group in mind, Valente launched RiverTown Terrace – the city’s first, new condominium development in almost a decade.
“This is a $10-million project,” he said proudly. “It will create about 160 construction jobs.”
Peter Valente is shown in a condominium unit at the RiverTown Terrace on April 29, 2015, in Windsor, ON. The development by Valente Real Estate is located on Wyandotte Street East near Lauzon Road. (DAN JANISSE/The Windsor Star)
The 63,000-square-foot project sits on a two-acre lot at 8475 Wyandotte St. E. and is being built in two phases.
Phase one, which is currently under construction, is a building comprised of six, two-storey units. In June, construction is set to begin on phase two, which features a four-storey building consisting of one-and-two-bedroom units. Prices range from $149,900 to $269,900. A space in the parking garage will cost an additional $16,400.
So far, 12 of the 50 units at the four-storey building have been sold, said Valente.
“We think seniors will purchase this as a retirement living choice,” he said. “These are people who want to spend half their time in Florida. They’ll have no maintenance. They can lock and leave their unit, and go to Florida in the winter.”
The two-storey units, he added, would likely appeal to professionals. “It’s like a townhouse building, but the zoning of the property did not allow for townhouses, so they’re brownstones and we had to do vertically divided units.”
The units come with such standard finishes as ceramic floors, granite or quartz countertops, cabinets with crown moulding and stainless steel kitchen appliances.
“I tried to put in upgrades that you’d find in a $700,000 house. It may be a small space but it’s very well finished.”
The location caters to residents who want to be within walking distance of an array of amenities, said Valente.
“If you want to head out to the grocery store, restaurant or bank, you can walk across the street,” he said. “It’s an awesome location.”
WINDSOR, ON. MARCH 11, 2015. -- Matt McShane and Gabe Valente (right) are photographed in front of a new development at the corner of Dominion and Grand Marais in Windsor on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (TYLER BROWNBRIDGE/The Windsor Star)
..Grace Macaluso, The Windsor Star, March 11th, 2015
A new urgent care centre will be the anchor tenant in a development taking shape at the former site of Christ the King Roman Catholic Church at Grand Marais Road and Dominion Boulevard in South Windsor.
The 7,000-square-foot complex also will feature a pharmacy, medical and X-ray lab and optometrist’s office, said Matt McShane, an agent at Valente Real Estate.
“There are a lot of older baby boomers in South Windsor,” said McShane, adding the complex could also accommodate a family practice. “This will give them the ability to go down the street for care instead of waiting in line at the hospital.”
Local pharmacist John Payne, who will open a pharmacy at the centre, said a group of emergency room physicians will staff the clinic. Payne said the new urgent care centre, which is set to open Aug. 1, will give patients an alternative to hospital emergency rooms.
“South Windsor is a solid community,” said Payne, who grew up in the area. “There are a lot of seniors looking for a local pharmacy, urgent care centre and local doctors in their neighbourhood. “We’re all about convenience.”
The closest urgent care facility is West Windsor Urgent Care Centre, located on Huron Church Road — a transport truck-laden artery many senior drivers would prefer to avoid, said Payne.
“Driving on Huron Church is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “We will be able to offer health-care services on a one-stop shopping basis.”
More advanced medical cases would be treated on-site, although patients with minor ailments, such as a cough or cold, would also be examined, said Payne.
Although his pharmacy will be competing with a nearby Shoppers Drug Mart, Payne said his drugstore will focus on customer service and patient care.
“What sets us apart is we’re extremely customer-focused,” he said. “We go to great lengths to make sure our patients feel very comfortable and get the service they deserve.”
An additional 4,000 square feet is also available for tenants, and McShane said he is hoping to attract other health care professionals, such as chiropractors or dentists.
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