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Mille Sabords
Aug 25, 2008, 7:27 PM
From the current issue of New Homes and Condos: www.Z6urbanlofts.com

The site is at the corner of Booth St and Balsam, about one block away from Gladstone Ave,. and another block from Preston St. Looks like this part of downtown is really starting to come into its own.

Rendering

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t30/CortinaFan/Ottawa/Z6UrbanLofts01.jpg

(source: New Homes and Condos Magazine, vol. 8 issue 13)

kwoldtimer
Aug 25, 2008, 9:40 PM
Building looks interesting, but what's up with the obscure moniker?:shrug:

Kitchissippi
Aug 26, 2008, 3:32 AM
Something to do with the postal code?

There is a building in Santa monica called the Z6
http://hpb.buildinggreen.com/cgi-bin/projectscale.cgi?max=350&src=/project_851/front%20ext%20at%20night%5Fsm%2Ejpg
from Buildinggreen.com, and they say "The project team used the phrase 'six zeroes' to describe the goals of the project: zero waste, zero energy, zero water, zero carbon, zero emissions, and zero ignorance." but I doubt this building is that enlightened.

d_jeffrey
Aug 26, 2008, 1:36 PM
Something to do with the postal code?

There is a building in Santa monica called the Z6
http://hpb.buildinggreen.com/cgi-bin/projectscale.cgi?max=350&src=/project_851/front%20ext%20at%20night%5Fsm%2Ejpg
from Buildinggreen.com, and they say "The project team used the phrase 'six zeroes' to describe the goals of the project: zero waste, zero energy, zero water, zero carbon, zero emissions, and zero ignorance." but I doubt this building is that enlightened.

Yeah, the one in Ottawa should have been 1Z, zero interest.

Mille Sabords
Aug 26, 2008, 1:39 PM
Yeah, the one in Ottawa should have been 1Z, zero interest.

If that's the interest rate for buying into the project, I'll take 5 units. :cool:

Mille Sabords
Sep 4, 2008, 2:53 AM
Two views of the site (by me):

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t30/CortinaFan/Ottawa/2008-09-01095.jpg

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t30/CortinaFan/Ottawa/2008-09-01096.jpg

I didn't never even know that restaurant existed... must be our version of the Vesuvius (in the Sopranos...)

Jamaican-Phoenix
Sep 4, 2008, 6:42 PM
Two views of the site (by me):

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t30/CortinaFan/Ottawa/2008-09-01095.jpg

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t30/CortinaFan/Ottawa/2008-09-01096.jpg

I didn't never even know that restaurant existed... must be our version of the Vesuvius (in the Sopranos...)


I thought Salvatore's went out of business years ago... :shrug:

waterloowarrior
Sep 18, 2008, 1:38 AM
site plan application (http://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/appDetails.jsf?lang=en&appId=__6B5T22) has been submitted

The purpose of this application is to permit the construction of a 5-storey condominium with one level of underground parking. The proposed condominium will consist of 28 residential units, and 1 commercial unit. The total gross floor area is 3,269.3 square metres, with 80.1 square metres allotted for the commercial unit. The building will have site coverage of 962.3 square metres and a height of 16.5 metres. The underground parking will consist of 19 vehicular spaces and will be accessed via Balsam Street.

waterloowarrior
Apr 13, 2009, 7:02 PM
new design
http://www.z6urbanlofts.com/vision_files/building.jpg

construction is starting May 1, complete Spring 2010 (source: http://westsideaction.blogspot.com/2009/04/shrinking-condos.html )

cityguy
Apr 14, 2009, 12:21 AM
May 1st?,the sign outside the sales office says 35% sold.

kwoldtimer
Apr 14, 2009, 12:49 AM
Looks like the penthouses lost a floor.

rodionx
Apr 14, 2009, 3:44 AM
I liked the earlier design - it made a bigger splash. Even with the smaller building, though, I really hope this project gets off the ground. Developments have been nibbling at the edges of the Centretown West neighbourhood (sometimes called Dalhousie ward or Chinatown/Little Italy), but this one is set to go up right in the centre, in what some might call the worst part. Gladstone and Booth was (is?) a hooker stroll, after all. There's a nice church nearby, but it's across from the saddest park in the entire core. It's like someone took an abandoned parking lot and declared it a park. The city has supposedly made it an urgent priority.

All this to say that some decent condos there could really transform the neighbourhood. If they can sell condos there, they can sell them anywhere between Bronson to Preston, and there's no shortage of cruddy lots to put them on. There are positive signs nearby: since last summer, not one but two hipster cafes have opened in Chinatown - Umi Cafe and Raw Sugar. This is up from zero coffee shops of any kind. Some sort of Chinatown art thingy is scheduled for the summer, and the business association has had some success in reducing the garbage and, um, vigorous aroma that have characterized the area for 'lo so many years. So it's a risky proposition, but not a crazy one. Hope they find enough urban pioneers to step up.

drawarc
Apr 15, 2009, 7:04 PM
Original rendering was better, but should be nice development for the area.

Jamaican-Phoenix
Apr 15, 2009, 10:39 PM
I actually find this second render to be more appealing to the eye...

harls
May 11, 2009, 12:15 PM
I walked by here on Friday and there was a sign up saying construction was to begin 'this month' now, but no fixed date.

umbria27
Jul 1, 2009, 11:40 PM
There's no pricelist on their site these days, just a banner saying "You decide the price" and a button to submit an offer. It looks a little desperate. Too bad, it was a brave move to try something in this part of town.

cityguy
Jul 17, 2009, 1:35 AM
To my surprise they started digging today.

waterloowarrior
Jul 22, 2009, 3:11 AM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qVgnHDIZ3_w/SmPRWQwajHI/AAAAAAAAAR4/ugjAZbKn0F8/s800/P7160331.JPG

source: west side action
http://westsideaction.blogspot.com/2009/07/recession-over.html

O-Town Hockey
Jul 22, 2009, 3:15 AM
My good buddy lives right accross the street from this project (for last 4 years) and can't believe the prices they are asking for these units, considering the state of the surrounding neighbourhood. This is what I call a LOOONNNNGGGGGG term investment as it's gonna be a while before the Hintonberg gentrification reaches that far East and South. Oh well, it's gotta start somewhere.

waterloowarrior
Oct 10, 2009, 2:36 PM
construction update on west side action
http://westsideaction.blogspot.com/2009/10/z6-condo-construction-continues.html

rocketphish
Nov 28, 2009, 10:31 PM
Life in the village

Little Italy will soon be home to a slick condo boasting fibre optics and a green roof

By Paula McCooey, The Ottawa Citizen, November 28, 2009

The revitalization of the Preston Street area continues to swell with a slick condo loft taking shape on a prime corner in Ottawa's burgeoning Little Italy.

The L.A. Group -- a local development company -- is now developing the Z6 Urban Lofts. The company had a hand in Montmartre, a blend of historic apartments and new townhomes on the eastern edge of the ByWard Market and the transformation of Hintonburg's École du Sacré Coeur into modern condos called Schoolhouse Lofts.

The five-storey building will be located at the corner of Balsam and Booth streets, allowing residents to walk to the traditional Italian restaurants on Preston or one of the many Asian spots along Somerset in Chinatown.

The Booth Street site was home to the Salvatore Restaurant until owner Sam Princiotta decided to close, making room for his newest project, Z6 Urban Lofts.

Princiotta has been in the construction business for more than four decades and is also uncle to Joe

Princiotta, president and CEO of Princiotta Group that builds custom homes. He lived within a block of the site when he arrived from Italy about 45 years ago.

The sleek brick, stone and steel condo is designed by award-winning local architect Toon Dreessen, who wanted the building to blend in with the surrounding residential neighbourhood.

The project will feature one commercial office space on the ground level and 26 condos, ranging from a 611-square-foot studio for $236,926, up to a 1,177-square-foot one-bedroom plus den condo for $427,926. There are 12 floor plans, and the project is now 40 per cent sold.

The target market is not age-specific, but rather geared to people who want to enjoy the experience of downtown living, says Phillip Justice, L.A. Group's marketing and sales representative. "We have people who are semi-retired. We have young couples, we've got everything," says Justice.

The building will particularly appeal to the media savvy crowd, because the group will be installing "lighting speed" fibre optic Internet throughout, which is included in the condo fees.

"It is a utility, just like water," says Justice. "It's the only building in Eastern Ontario that has it as part of the services."

All of the lofts include 10- foot ceilings, granite or marble vanity countertops and vessel sinks in the bathrooms and granite counters with an undermount sink, contemporary flat panel cabinetry and extra-tall upper cabinets in the kitchen. A model of the kitchen is at the Z6 Urban Loft sales centre.

The granite and the hardwood floors are all standard, which will be attractive to potential buyers who don't want to pull out a calculator to tally up the cost of upgrades. Typically when buyers go to a sales centre or a model home, they assume everything is an upgrade, says Justice. Suddenly they become concerned about the ultimate cost.

"They are surprised when we tell them, no, everything in that nice kitchen with the granite and the extra-tall cabinetry is all included. There is no extra (cost)," says Justice. "What you see is what you get."

Also included in the price is a choice of engineered hardwood flooring, natural cork or bamboo.

The lofts don't scrimp on lifestyle features. The building will be outfitted with a fitness centre, a planted green roof and state-of-the-art security.

The city is almost finished construction on Preston, which is good news for area residents. "What's going on on Preston Street is going to make it better than it's ever been because it is a real revitalization project. They are widening the sidewalks. There is going to be more room for patios at the different restaurants and pubs," says Justice.

The building is expected to be finished by fall 2010.

SALES CENTRE

224 Preston St. (one block north of Gladstone Avenue)

Hours: Weekends and holidays, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday to Wednesday, noon to 7 p.m.; closed Thursday and Friday.

Cost: $236,926 to $439,926, with condo fees ranging from $193.71 to $367.62.

Bonus: Floor plans can be customized before construction begins.

For more info: 613-234-3322 or visit www.Z6urbanlofts.com

© Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Life+village/2279593/story.html

waterloowarrior
Jan 25, 2010, 9:02 PM
update on West Side Action
http://westsideaction.blogspot.com/2010/01/laying-foundations-for-z6-condo-on.html

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_qVgnHDIZ3_w/S1yE1woZPYI/AAAAAAAABNo/q5G9Wm3H2Q0/s400/P1220890.JPG

citizen4829
May 22, 2010, 12:37 AM
Perhaps this thread could be changed to UNDERCONSTRUCTION?:

waterloowarrior
Jun 1, 2010, 2:15 PM
west side action (http://westsideaction.blogspot.com/2010/06/framed-on-booth-street.html)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qVgnHDIZ3_w/TAUEj2W9zJI/AAAAAAAAB_g/s3xvJXclgdo/s400/P5311837.JPG

cityguy
Jun 2, 2010, 1:15 AM
Finally some action on this project,it seems to have be going so slow lately.

Ottawan
Jun 2, 2010, 2:06 AM
They should leave it like that - it's a really cool frame.

waterloowarrior
Jul 6, 2010, 9:34 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4100/4768730505_69e5fde71d_z.jpg
by me

Davis137
Jul 11, 2010, 2:36 PM
I drive past here all the time if I have to drive my wife to work...This project has taken forever to progress, but then again, it was just an empty lot, and then a pit forever. The other jobsite up the road is already upto it's 2nd floor above grade, with only 2 or 3 more to go...

blackjagger
Aug 1, 2010, 12:23 AM
http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/9150/img2893g.jpg (http://img831.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2893g.jpg)

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/6308/img2894.jpg (http://img834.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2894.jpg)

Cheers,
Josh

Dinan
Jan 26, 2011, 11:56 PM
Pictures taken Saturday, January 22. First occupants will move in mid-march...

Martin

http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinfd/5389572525/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinfd/5389573175/

waterloowarrior
Aug 14, 2011, 1:22 PM
completed?
http://www.z6urbanlofts.com/home.html
http://ottawa.kijiji.ca/c-real-estate-apartments-condos-1-bedroom-den-Brand-New-Z6-Urban-Lofts-W0QQAdIdZ295979004

lots of units left
http://www.teambourque.com/Z6-PriceList.pdf

Dinan
Aug 14, 2011, 11:31 PM
It is partly completed. I moved in the condo in mid-July. People are moving in slowly as some units are not fully completed. As you pointed out, many units have yet to find takers. I quite enjoy it. It was worth the wait.

Davis137
Aug 15, 2011, 6:16 PM
Looks nice from the outside...drove past there a few days ago...

waterloowarrior
Oct 1, 2011, 2:58 PM
http://www.dreessen-architect.ca/portfolio.html

http://www.dreessen-architect.ca/portfolio_files/Media/corner%20view-smaller/corner%20view-smaller.jpg?disposition=download

http://www.dreessen-architect.ca/portfolio_files/Media/entry%20view%20looking%20up-smaller/entry%20view%20looking%20up-smaller.jpg?disposition=download

http://www.dreessen-architect.ca/portfolio_files/Media/south%20view-smaller/south%20view-smaller.jpg?disposition=download

http://www.dreessen-architect.ca/portfolio_files/Media/southwest%20view%20-smaller/southwest%20view%20-smaller.jpg?disposition=download

http://www.dreessen-architect.ca/portfolio_files/Media/entry%20view-smaller/entry%20view-smaller.jpg?disposition=download

O-Town Hockey
Oct 2, 2011, 9:01 PM
Nicely done! Great little infill project for a neighbourhood in desparate need of some gentrification.

McC
Oct 2, 2011, 9:16 PM
wow, is that ever weird looking, especially from the perspectives in the 1st and 3rd photos. like the scale for the location, brick's nice to see, etc... but those lines just don't do it for me.