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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 3:11 PM
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Has there ever been talk of re-locating the dam further upstream?
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 4:07 PM
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It's there because that's where the river bed drops causing the rapids.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 4:38 PM
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12 storey building proposed for Dartmouth with integrated Tim Hortons drive-through (see arrows below).

A first?

Maybe the last for the city too since the new planning rules coming into place soon ban drive-throughs.

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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 4:54 PM
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^ I don't think I have ever seen a drive-through integrated into the base of a building like that anywhere in the world. That is interesting.
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It's kind of like a Hong Kong gas station: https://goo.gl/maps/H66q2LDeBFtjnz6E8
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 5:17 PM
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It's kind of like a Hong Kong gas station: https://goo.gl/maps/H66q2LDeBFtjnz6E8
Holy crap I can't believe they convinced people to live above a giant tank of gas.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 5:32 PM
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Lol! if people can live with gas pipelines around their condos, that shouldnt be a problem.
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Holy crap I can't believe they convinced people to live above a giant tank of gas.

In the most expensive, land-constrained city in the world it probably wasn't a hard sell. I'm sure the building codes are pretty strict on fire protection anyway.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 5:59 PM
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There used to be a gas station in the ground floor of a parking garage in Halifax that was built in the 60's (TexPark, with a Texaco station). It was torn down around 2004.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 6:00 PM
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As far as Hong Kong residential go it looks pretty nice as well.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 6:19 PM
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I was always a little jealous of the compact Asian megacity gas stations tucked away under buildings instead of our massive sprawly wastes of space.

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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 6:20 PM
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Lol! if people can live with gas pipelines around their condos, that shouldnt be a problem.

I would think the difference being the natural gas isn't stored on site whereas a gas station will have upwards of 90,000 litres stored on site. It's a pretty hefty fine to transport full propane tanks into multi-residential and commercial


I wonder if these compact mixed use gas stations have fuel piped in from off site storage facilities.
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Those 2 Vancouver towers will be a great addition to the skyline but a lousy addition to the urban fabric of the city.

Due to the huge cost of the land and tearing down the iconic tower, the price of the condos BEFORE the actual construction costs are $700/sq foot. This means that a small one bedroom will start at well over a million dollars. Vancouver needs affordable housing for the masses and not money laundering towers for Chinese criminals. If the city was truly concerned about the city's housing and affordability crisis, which they aren't, they would refuse the rezoning.
What iconic tower? What in the world are you talking about? Is a one floor White Spot now an iconic tower now?

Also, not sure why this needs to be pointed out, but the City can't refuse rezonings on the basis of sales price, that would leave them and the taxpayers open to a pretty substantial lawsuit.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 7:37 PM
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New rendering of Hamilton's 3 new tallest buildings...


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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 7:48 PM
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What a strange location to throw in such high density.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 7:49 PM
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What iconic tower? What in the world are you talking about? Is a one floor White Spot now an iconic tower now?

Also, not sure why this needs to be pointed out, but the City can't refuse rezonings on the basis of sales price, that would leave them and the taxpayers open to a pretty substantial lawsuit.
The lot sold for $245M. So doesn't this mean that the province collected about $7M in land transfer tax? Then there's GST and whatever ridiculous property taxes will be assessed for units that will sit half empty and require little in the way of services.

This is probably a pretty good deal for the public, though our tax system does not capture enough of the increased value of land (the White Spot owner did not cause its value to go up; in fact they were probably a drag on that neighbourhood for years).

This part of town is already essentially a write-off from an urbanism perspective. It has some neat looking towers but it is dead because it is full of investment condos. But that's a pretty good trade-off when you consider the billions in real estate investment. The house buying on the other hand isn't as good. We should be getting the foreign investors to buy condos in special areas like this (as fancy as possible, occupying as little land as possible) while leaving other parts of town for the actual residents.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 7:55 PM
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^ Are the investment condos generally being left to sit totally empty? As in not rented out to tenants, or used as airbnbs or what have you?
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 7:58 PM
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What a strange location to throw in such high density.
The city zoned the site for high-density, but they accidentally forgot to add a height limit. There's a new 30-floor height limit in Downtown Hamilton, so the developer is taking advantage of the zoning here
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2019, 8:07 PM
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Ah, well that's kind of funny. the nearest grocery store is 2.4km away. 5 mins by car. 29 mins by transit, or 29 minutes if you want to walk.

https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/43.23...32!3e3!5m1!1e1
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