Originally Posted by twoNeurons
Is the different that large? 200-300 vs. 700-800? I'd be surprised if highrises yielded over double for the same land area, personally.
That's my thinking. If you look t the Agenda, and the planned Ultra beside. The Agenda is 135 units, the Ultra 418 units - Triple the units. On the renderings, it looks like the Ultra will take up less land space than the Agenda. IF you count 2 people per suite, then you're looking at 270 for the Agenda and 836 for the Ultra.
Also, as near as I can tell, Future Shop opened November 21, 2006. The first website for the Infinity towers was centralcity2005.com. I remember Surrey Central mall (now Central City) becoming almost vacant. The Bay became Zellers, Sears closed down, then became a one story discount Sears Centre. Then all of a sudden there were announcements about Central City's re-development and Future Shop moved in. I'm sure they were counting on 1000s of new residents in the area that would all need new flat panel TVs when they moved in. I don't think they would have invested millions of $$$ if they thought the area would only attract new 4 story developments.
My opinion, the area needs many more local residents so that the vacant shops in Central City mall and the new retail spaces at places like the Quattro and Infinity will fill up. Right now the area is not yet a "destination" that will attract too many people from elsewhere to come and shop and spend. The fastest way to get more people to relocate to Central City is nice tall towers....