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Baker District Redevelopment

A new One Planet Living community

Windmill Development Group has been selected through a competitive process to partner with the City of Guelph in the Baker District Redevelopment in downtown Guelph. This truly inclusive mixed-use community will include two residential towers, a new Guelph Public Library Main Branch, as well as institutional and retail uses integrated into Guelph's historic fabric. The two distinct residential towers will provide approximately 350 residential units with a component of the suites planned as affordable housing to support the City’s intensification goals. Windmill's design team is led by DTAH (urban design, landscape architecture, architecture), with Diamond Schmitt Architects designing the Guelph Public Library Branch.


Guelph, Ontario


Windmill Development Group

City of Guelph

Baker District Redevelopment Site Plan Diagrams by DTAH

The Baker District Redevelopment is one of only two projects in Canada, and the third in North America, to receive the international endorsement under the One Planet Living sustainability framework. One Planet Living is a planning and sustainability framework predicated on building communities where people can live happy and healthy lives within the resources of our One Planet. Its principles include sustainable food and water, zero carbon energy, zero waste, equity and economy.

The Baker District Redevelopment will transform the existing Baker Street municipal parking lot into a compact district nestled in Guelph’s historic core, creating a renewed area of activity, commerce and civic space for the local community and city. Focal points of the new community include a prominent public plaza fronting Wyndham Street to be flanked by institutional uses, and a dramatic new public library on Chapel Lane. The landscape and public realm concept of the Baker District Redevelopment prioritizes pedestrian porosity and the development of publicly accessible open spaces that are flexible to accommodate a range of uses. Learn more about the project on the City of Guelph's website here

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