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N3 Condo (Zero Parking Condo in East Village)

N3 Condo goes to the Calgary Planning Commission for approval on March 12th, 2015. Now that its been in the media for quite some time, what are your thoughts on it?

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(I've tried to create a poll, but I seem to be having issues!)

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I love the idea, and have no problem with condo developments not having parking. I don't have any stats, but I believe there is a solid market for this kind of development. Let the market decide.
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i think planning approved it, goes to council tom.


Would like to see some of this in the Beltline and southern inner-city communities in general, where most of the intensification is happening.
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I'm okay with it in a location like this where there isn't really much potential for assholes to park on residential streets, although I also know someone who found his (dead) brother's condo in Toronto very difficult to sell when every other similar unit in the building and nearby on the market did have parking.
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i think planning approved it, goes to council tom.


Would like to see some of this in the Beltline and southern inner-city communities in general, where most of the intensification is happening.
Definitely. Not to mention that if a similar building was built in the Beltline, those residents can immediately take advantage of already well developed services easily within walking distance.

If I were to buy one of these - the floor plans and prices look pretty good - I would be the guy would buys it off of the first owners that are "having trouble selling". In 5 years there will be many more services in East Village and make the whole thing even more attractive.

I also love the newspaper comment section on this development. Complete hysteria. "How could anyone possibly live without a car? I don't want anyone to live a life that's different than mine! Way to go Nenshi for ruining the city, this building is your fault!"
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I love the idea, and have no problem with condo developments not having parking. I don't have any stats, but I believe there is a solid market for this kind of development. Let the market decide.
Could not agree more, too many times government tries to dictate what they think is good for the market.
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I'm okay with it in a location like this where there isn't really much potential for assholes to park on residential streets, although I also know someone who found his (dead) brother's condo in Toronto very difficult to sell when every other similar unit in the building and nearby on the market did have parking.
I don't know why people are always worried about parking. Parking spots around the inner city/core are limited to pay parking, permit parking or private parking. If you live in a place like that and have a car, you'll have to find a proper parking spot for it somewhere.
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I love the idea, and have no problem with condo developments not having parking. I don't have any stats, but I believe there is a solid market for this kind of development. Let the market decide.
There are alot of younger people who don't drive these days. They'll have no problem selling those units.
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I don't know why people are always worried about parking. Parking spots around the inner city/core are limited to pay parking, permit parking or private parking. If you live in a place like that and have a car, you'll have to find a proper parking spot for it somewhere.
I think that is "exactly" what PW said...
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I think this development is totally amazing for our city. Not only that, but something like this happening in what is widely considered Canada's most socially conservative city will go a long way towards altering that perception, as will the entire East Village development.
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I think this development is totally amazing for our city. Not only that, but something like this happening in what is widely considered Canada's most socially conservative city will go a long way towards altering that perception, as will the entire East Village development.
I'm sorry, where did you say you were from? Where on earth is parking a social issue?

"Jay-sus Christ says that it is tha' will of tha' lawd that there will be parking for the SUV's of the lawfully wedded man and woman of house and that the cyclist heathens will be damned to hell!"

That's what the phrase "socially conservative" means to me.

I would imagine this originated with Mr. Stanley and CMLC and a statement to the effect of "wouldn't it be cool if..."
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For reference the massive Hudson's Yards proposal in NY totals 17M sf GBA, 5,000 res units, 5 office towers, plus retail/entertainment and only 200 parking stalls. N3 is small peanuts.

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For reference the massive Hudson's Yards proposal in NY totals 17M sf GBA, 5,000 res units, 5 office towers, plus retail/entertainment and only 200 parking stalls. N3 is small peanuts.

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/articl...d-requirements
It might be hard to compare NYC to Calgary when NYC is the most walkable city on earth. But I do see your point. We still have a loooong way to go. But I do agree this is a great project, that will hopefully get people thinking, "do I really need my car?". And hopefully with people buying into N3 other developers and the city will finally take notice.
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It might be hard to compare NYC to Calgary when NYC is the most walkable city on earth. But I do see your point. We still have a loooong way to go. But I do agree this is a great project, that will hopefully get people thinking, "do I really need my car?". And hopefully with people buying into N3 other developers and the city will finally take notice.
You're right, but just an example. The Hudson Yards project features 9 Bow Towers worth of total square footage. The non inner-city councilors need to get with the times. Urban development is changing extremely fast across major cities. If Calgary wants to become a more pronounced global city, need to be ahead of the curve.
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The comments on this tower in the newspapers are just ridiculous! one clown was actually claiming this would become the next Cecil.

I have a feeling most of the units will end up being rented out before long.
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I love the idea, and have no problem with condo developments not having parking. I don't have any stats, but I believe there is a solid market for this kind of development. Let the market decide.
That's how I see it. I'm pretty sure there are quite a few people out there who would love to save a few tens of thousands of dollars on a new condo by sacrificing a parking spot.

I mean, it's not like they're trying to trick anyone. A condo building in the heart of the inner city without parking... I just don't see what's so controversial about it.

As for the rest of the building: I really like it! I'm quite a fan of the floor plans. Two bed/bath units at less than 700 square feet... I'm impressed! Were I in the market, I'd be giving this building a really hard look.
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The comments on this tower in the newspapers are just ridiculous! one clown was actually claiming this would become the next Cecil.
If he is willing to wait thirty to forty years, you can probably make that prediction about a lot of developments. Residential succession and absentee amateur landlords are a bitch.
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Received very positive feedback at CPC yesterday, goes to council soon.

One thing stood out from the presentation was the overwhelming list of transportation options for the site. 2 blocks from LRT City Hall station (both lines), 1 block from the high-frequency Route 1 / 305 combination, 2 blocks from the pathway system, walking distance to a few thousand downtown jobs and services etc.

It would be hard to have a better site to convince people that an idea like this can actually work. I would have no problems with these scattered throughout the Beltline. It has a similar access to transit and downtown with the bonus of great pedestrian-focused services.
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Received very positive feedback at CPC yesterday, goes to council soon.

One thing stood out from the presentation was the overwhelming list of transportation options for the site. 2 blocks from LRT City Hall station (both lines), 1 block from the high-frequency Route 1 / 305 combination, 2 blocks from the pathway system, walking distance to a few thousand downtown jobs and services etc.

It would be hard to have a better site to convince people that an idea like this can actually work. I would have no problems with these scattered throughout the Beltline. It has a similar access to transit and downtown with the bonus of great pedestrian-focused services.
Are there other locations outside of Centre city that would work for this type of development (parkless)? Or are the locations that could work if there was mobility improvements?
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Received very positive feedback at CPC yesterday, goes to council soon.
Still has to get past Shane Homes and co though.
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