Founders Corner

If you are looking for old world charm in the heart of downtown Dartmouth’s waterfront District, but want all the modern conveniences offered by a contemporary building, Founders Corner may have the condominium for you.

The developers of Founders Corner promote the building as Dartmouth’s newest landmark, with an elegant “blend of historically influenced architecture and modern convenience.” The building’s facades retain the design characteristics of three former buildings that were located on the site: the Georgian style of the former Masonic Lodge, which anchors the buildings corner entrance; the art deco design of the former Dartmouth Police Station; and a composite design of 19th century styles approximating the former Lahey Building. The corner entrance is topped by a custom built “town clock,” and the entranceway is adorned by an 18th century, Scottish-built, wrought iron gate

Founders Corner offers many of the amenities expected from high-end condominiums, but few condominiums in the area can claim to be so “green.” In fact, Founders Corner bills itself as the first residential condominium development in the province to use natural gas for all of its building services, including heat, hot water, stoves, dryers, fireplaces and gas lanterns. By using natural gas the developers estimate that the building will save 20 percent on heat delivery, 35 percent on heat generation and 48 percent on energy costs. A tankerless boiler system will provide high efficiency heat and hot water on demand with an additional energy saving of 35 percent, while radiant in-floor heating will offer 20 to 25 percent in energy consumption saving. All in all, Founders Corner believes its “smart and green” system will allow total operating costs to be about 72 percent less than comparably sized buildings.

At a Glance:
Location: 70 Ochterloney Street—downtown Dartmouth waterfront district
Structure: five-storey, multi-façade, faux-heritage building.
Units: 38
Unit Sizes: 759- to 2,290-square-feet
Current Asking Prices: $299,900 to $549,900
Current Monthly Condo Fees: Reportedly $200 to $400
Estimated Development Cost: $11,000,000 financed; remainder n/a.
Construction Details: Completed in 2010.
Interesting Neighbours: Dartmouth Ferry Terminal, Dartmouth Commons, Dartmouth Marina, Shubenacadie Canal, Dartmouth Library and more.
Developer: Nova New England Ltd.
Also of Interest: Founders Corner was built in part on the former site of the Dartmouth Masonic Lodge, which was demolished in 2007. A time capsule was found during the demolition, but moisture had ruined most of the enclosed documents. A new time capsule was reportedly interred during the recent construction.

Current Schools:

Bicentennial Elementary

Shannon Park Elementary (French Immersion)

Bicentennial Junior High

Prince Arthur Junior High (French Immersion)

Dartmouth High School

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