This Week At City Hall

Proposed Rose St Condo Tower“What no pic of city hall?” Not this week. Thought I’d change it up and if you’re wondering what’s with that rendering of a condo tower you’ll have to hang on until the RPC blurb.

Monday, March 8
CITY COUNCIL (5:30 pm): A representative from In-Pipe Technology will be making a presentation to council this week in an attempt to encourage the city to get on board with their sewage treatment system. In-Pipe is promising to reduce our carbon footprint and lower the costs of sewage processing. Yay. I think. I’d like to tell you what In-Pipe’s technology is that they’re so proud of but based on their submission, I’m none the wiser about it. This could get the award for the worst written, most vague submission to council that I’ve ever read. Looks like In-Pipe has a history with council so maybe if you’ve been following things for years you’d know what’s going on. Still, until I hear more, I’m staying skeptical of this technology.

Also up for consideration this week, the Water and Sewer Utility Budget will be presented for review and council will finally be deciding if it will keeping $42.4 million it borrowed for the Global Transportation Hub (and didn’t need) and reallocating those funds for capital projects.

Council will also receive a report from the mayor about the goings on at the Big City Mayor’s Caucus.

Wednesday, March 10
REGINA PLANNING COMMISSION (4:00 pm): The committee will be looking at a request to build the high-rise apartment building that’s in that picture at the top of the post. It’s slated to go up at 2055 Rose Street and if built it’ll replace a swath of surface parking. (Good riddance, I say.) The building looks pretty nifty — not really my cup of tea architecture-wise but I’ve seen worse — and according to the report it’s been built to conform (for the most part) to the Downtown Neighbourhood Plan even though that has yet to be incorporated into the Official Community Plan.

Looks like it’ll be condo units which isn’t a bad thing. But rental and especially affordable rental is what the city is really desperate for right now. Regardless, I’m glad to see some more residential slated for downtown — makes the place more lively — and I’ll be glad to see some surface parking disappear.

Natch, one of the concerns expressed to the Planning Department was over what this new tower would do to on-street parking in the neighbourhood because, of course, we must have copious amounts of parking or the world stops turning, but the building will have more than two stalls per unit built right into (ie, not splayed out over city blocks) the development, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Anyway, looks like the Downtown Neighbourhood Plan is doing its job by encouraging developers to build better buildings. So, at present, I’m hopeful this is a good sign of things to come. What do you think? Am I crackers? Naive? Tell me, tell me.

As usual, you can download agendas and schedules on the city’s website.

Author: Paul Dechene

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4 thoughts on “This Week At City Hall”

  1. Yay. Anything’s better than the acre upon acre of surface parking in the downtown & transition areas.

  2. The Impark surface-level lots all over the city are eyesores, wastes of valuable space, and not even really desirable as parking. I imagine that the pictured building must have below- or above-ground parking.
    One note: when people complain that “there is not enough parking downtown” I am certain that they really mean “there is not enough FREE parking downtown near the places that I want to go”. Cruise around the downtown area at any given time, and take note of all of the surface -level lots… I usually find that many of these have lots of space in them, but nobody wants to park there because it is not near where they want to go, and not free (or at the very least, as cheap as a meter).

  3. I think you’re probably right, anonymous. Plus, I think for many people “near” means “right out in front of.” And the funny thing is, our downtown isn’t that big. Park in any lot and you should only have a two to three block walk. Tops. Anywhere else, that’d be considered pretty frickin’ near.

  4. I’m sorry I am late to post an entry regarding the new condo on Rose Street at 13th Avenue. I think it is great to have a high-end condo built here. It can’t hurt getting people with money into this area! I am sure this building will be of high quality. One only needs to look around the corner at the gawd-awful monstrosity known as Centre Pointe Plaza. It is a drab, 20-storey precast architectural wasteland. I should know as I was one of the first tenants in that building in 1979 and lived there for 4 years. It’s a great location and a no-brainer to finally build some new housing in this area. Yes, it would be great to get some low-cost housing (is there such a thing any more?) built in the area too, but I am afraid that without provincial and federal government funding, no new construction is affordable as a rental property. The monthly rent would just be too high.

    Anyway, I am off topic now so let me continue about parking downtown: you are absolutely right that there is lots (pun intended) available downtown. It’s just that people are too cheap to pay for it. They should go to larger cities and see just what they pay there. Our parking is a bargain here. But hey, these are the same people that go to a mall and drive and around and around to find a spot near the mall entrance (but please don’t park in the handicap parking spaces!). They will drive around for 10 minutes to find a ‘close’ spot. Then they walk around the mall for hours. Does this make sense? Park at the far end of the lot and walk to the entrance. The exercise is good for you and your car will probably be less likely to get dents from careless people opening their car doors into yours (assuming you have a car). I don’t. But don ‘t get me started on Regina Transit as that is another can of worms.

    Anyway, I look forward to Kensington Developments’ new project. It, and the Capital Pointe project at the site of the former Plains Hotel, are just what we need downtown. I wish them every success and hope that other developers take note and plan for other projects in our downtown area.

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