Is LJM Developments the new home market’s best kept secret? By Lucas | on March 4, 2016 | We think we may have stumbled upon one of the best kept secrets in Burlington. Recently, we had the opportunity to visit the head office of LJM Developments and chat with their President, LJ Mian, about their plans for the future. With a focus on residential and commercial development, LJM Developments has been a major player in the Upper Middle and Appleby area. On the east side of Appleby, just south of Upper Middle, LJM developed Ironstone (with Davies Smith), Burlington’s tallest condo, standing 19-storeys. Ironstone is comprised of 235 units and was completed in 2013. When Mian first set his sights on Burlington, this area was just one large field, now it is home to a uniquely designed commercial plaza (where LJM is located), the city’s tallest condo, and LJM is currently in the process of building Appleby Gardens, a boutique seven-storey condo seconds south of Ironstone. Appleby Gardens features 71 units and completion is scheduled for this June. There are a few reasons why the plaza across from Ironstone is unlike any you’ve ever seen. All the storefronts are set at a 45 degree angle so every business has equal exposure. There is no back of the building, so the businesses look the same approaching from any direction. The plaza is single-storey but the ceiling heights are over 30’ high, so the interior spaces look incredible. There are very wide walkways for patios. And finally, the City requires 5% landscaping and this plaza has 14%. There is one more reason why the plaza is unique. LJM has curated the businesses so that neighbourhood residents have access to a wide range of amenities, such as a pharmacy/clinic, restaurants, a dentist, fresh food, a convenience store, a gym, a spa, a Starbucks, and more. LJM even owns a franchise in the plaza, the Fraticelli’s Italian Grill & Lounge. Mian explained that they will be using the same approach for the commercial space at Waterview Condominiums inGrimsby. Located on Lake Ontario, near Casablanca and the QEW, Phase 1 of Waterview Condos is under construction and Phase 2...

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