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Old Posted Dec 10, 2009, 10:55 PM
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Hey where did you find the floor plans to the Galleria 2 and prices ?
Sales center in Galleria I will be more than happy to give you the brochures I'm sure. Makes for a great Saturday just touring around condos to see who's doing what and for how much.
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Old Posted Dec 11, 2009, 2:24 PM
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So would it be safe to assume that Richcraft won't be doing anything with 255 Bay until Galleria II is complete? Sounds like they're overstretched as it is.

Just found some info about this Bay Street project...

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Four years later, Bay Street wrecks still await demolition
Friday, 11 December 2009
By Kathryn Parkinson

Published in : Centretown News, News

Yun Wu, Centretown News
These dilapitated Bay Street properties have been waiting for redevelopment since 2005.The onset of winter weather is causing Bay Street residents and business owners to worry that the street’s dilapidated properties are more than just an eyesore – they are a fire hazard.

Redevelopment plans remain at a standstill, but over the past year firefighters visiting the property for training have given locals a glimpse of a safer neighbourhood.

A sign promoting the “Lifestyle Condos Coming Soon with Richcraft Group of Companies” has been stuck in front of five vacant houses from 249 to 259 Bay Street, across from Centennial school, since the properties were slated for redevelopment in 2005.

But the picturesque 15-storey dream condominium is still nowhere near being realized, says Richcraft planner Kevin Yemm.

“There’s so much up in the air. We thought it would be on the go by now but it just doesn’t seem to be the right time,” says Yemm. “This project is an exceptional case for Richcraft.”

Rotting pumpkins from Halloween, innumerable piles of Tim Horton’s coffee cups and beer bottles pepper the vacant properties. The buildings attract spray-painting vandals, who have decorated the walls with letters, symbols, and other types of graffiti.

The only real homeowners are super-sized squirrels that bounce around their lot of hidden treasures. They scurry through the shattered windows and feed off the garbage that is scattered around the building’s shared backyard – a marshy ecosystem of waste.

One of the buildings still advertises the former Bay Guest House Finest Bed & Breakfast, with a deal for $49 per night. But nearby business owners say it’s clear that the only people residing in these buildings are staying for free. The unsightly houses are a convenient hub for homeless people.

“Basically they were shut down and boarded up,” Yemm says. “But the buildings get broken into occasionally so we have to check up on it regularly.”

Yemm says Richcraft sends a maintenance person to the buildings a few times each week to ensure that no one can access them.

But the manager of the Bayscorner convenience store, Suk, who did not disclose his first name, says he worries that with freezing temperatures looming, homeless people will break in and build fires for warmth, putting nearby buildings in jeopardy.

“Sometimes firefighters come to the building because they worry about the fire,” says Suk. “It’s very dangerous.” He says it’s a good idea to have the fire fighters in and out of the properties to make sure they are safe.

Yemm says the police and fire department were called to the property so many times, they asked for permission to conduct fire fighter training there last winter and spring.

“They had thought it was a good spot to do training, so they did several exercises in anticipation that we would be demolishing the buildings,” says Yemm. It is unknown as to whether the firefighters will return this winter.

While neighbouring businesses like Bayscorner remain in the dark as to when the buildings might reach the construction phase, area residents soon enter their fifth year of dealing with the repercussions of the stalled condo construction plan.

“It’s taking too long for the authorities or the professionals to come in and deal with the eyesores that are left in the downtown area,” says Jean Powell, who works in a nearby apartment building. “They are infested with animals and are hoarding places for homeless people.”

“It’s a serious case of neglect and complacency,” says Powell.

Yemm says that Richcraft’s design has been site-plan approved, but the demolition won’t happen until they are issued a building permit by the city.

“The company has decided to not go through with any construction at this point,” he says.
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Old Posted Jan 25, 2010, 11:54 PM
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Not from my regular source but... rumour has it that Richcraft is interested in acquiring the low-rise rental properties that front onto King Edward so that they can expand Galleria II. If that happens it will mean delays while they get the new site plan approved not to mention the purchase of the properties. A smart move in my opinion but can they afford the wait with Plaza III scheduled to break ground this spring? Either way, Besserer Street will be a tight squeeze to get through from Cumberland to King Edward with all the construction equipment in the area. Galleria I residents are likely looking at living in a construction zone for the next five years at least.
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Is there a crane up for Galleria II??
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Old Posted Jan 26, 2010, 10:16 PM
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Is there a crane up for Galleria II??
Drove by the site today... nothing has changed as far as I could see. Old sales office is still in use for service and the low rise apartments still have tenants. Be a while yet before they break ground.
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Here's the new design. I guess if the render is accurate the intersection shown would be Besserer and King Edward as previously mentioned?

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Looks really good, much better than the original design. That corner on the left hand side looks really cool with all that glass.

And this new design really benefits King Edward. Before it was plain and boring on that side, now there's some interesting details. Really helps KE a lot, especially with all the new street scaping too.
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Anyone know what will happen to the previous buyers for the old rendering? In this case, will the price paid per sqft protected with the different yet I heard similar unit layout?
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It is interesting that after all the problems they had building phase 1 they relocated phase 2 to Kansas so they call be close to "Ottawa University"
www.ottawa.edu

The old location close to the "University of Ottawa" did have a lot of problems so I can't really blame them on that.

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Old Posted Mar 23, 2010, 12:37 PM
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It will be interesting to see the designs. It is an interesting looking building.
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Seems things will be getting started after the end of May

http://watch.ctv.ca/news/clip282458#clip282458
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Old Posted Mar 30, 2010, 7:10 PM
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Richcraft's website for the project is up





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Old Posted Mar 30, 2010, 7:59 PM
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Very nice render, let's hope the building lives up to it.
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This is a great looking tower! It's a big improvement from Galleria 1 which wan't all that bad itself. Can't wait to see this go up.
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And thankfully I'm not seeing any of those horrible teal blue accents.
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And thankfully I'm not seeing any of those horrible teal blue accents.
Teal accents are what make good buldings great...lol
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Those new renders do look fantastic!
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Very nice.

I wonder how many net new residents will have moved into Byward/Sandy Hill when all these projects are done. It seems like they've been building condos in the Market and surroundings for 10 years now.
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Old Posted Apr 1, 2010, 6:31 AM
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We`re just getting started hopefully Lots of surface lots still left
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Old Posted Apr 5, 2010, 6:59 PM
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The new rendering added floor-to-ceiling glass walls in several units which is looking cool.

What are the pros and cons for condos with floor-to-ceiling glass walls? How about the functionality of laying out furnitures, watching TV, and privacy? Do you still need window coverings for the glass walls?
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