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#21 Oxford Sutherland

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 11:19 PM

That Food Country development really leaves me wanting more.

I say tear it down, put underground parking, do the retail part properly (instead of just renovated), then put 1 or 2 floors of residential above. Done.

#22 Holden West

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 11:28 PM

^Agreed.

And saying you prefer Food Country to Oxford Foods is like saying you prefer the AMC Pacer to the Gremlin. :D

The old Chinese guy in the tweed jacket that owns Oxford is a riot, though.
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#23 Oxford Sutherland

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 11:31 PM

saying you prefer Food Country to Oxford Foods is like saying you prefer the AMC Pacer to the Gremlin. :D


So true :smt042

#24 FunkyMunky

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 11:40 PM

Here's the [url=http://www.cookstreetvillage.ca/pdf/application.pdf:7a42f]PDF[/url:7a42f] for the proposed changes to Phase 1 for the September 28th council meeting.... I plan to extract some of these and post zoomed images of the plan pages once I get access to a program that can extract pdf's to jpegs.

Here are a couple of pages done just until you find the right program. It's easy on Mac.

Castana Page 12 - South and West Elevations


Castana Page 13 - North Elevation


Castana Page 14 - Landscape Plan


#25 Holden West

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 12:02 AM

OMG! Look how it TOWERS over that 1960s four storey apartment building! This can't do!

The sky is falling!

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#26 gumgum

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 06:27 AM

That's great Funky. Thanks for extracting that! I spend an hour last night trying to send the jpegs from my computer with the rich man's version of Acrobat. In the end the stupid files were too big...anyway...

#27 gumgum

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 08:34 AM

Here are some of the floor plans...
Floors one and two:
[url=http://imageshack.us:1099b][/url:1099b]
[url=http://imageshack.us:1099b][/url:1099b]
The quality ain't great.

#28 gumgum

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 07:40 AM

The residential portion or Castana has been APPROVED!!! :tup:
Council unanimously in favour of the changes.

Construction will happen within a matter of weeks!
Say goodbye to that garbage meadow, people.

#29 Mike K.

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 08:36 AM

'bout time, and a shame things had to take this long.

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#30 gumgum

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 08:37 AM

OK so I have some higher quality renderings and plans of the entire Castana project.
As you will see, they answer a lot of questions some of us had.
Firstly, the recently apporved Sutlej, residential portion.
North elevation:
[url=http://imageshack.us:c9f0c][/url:c9f0c]
East elevation:
[url=http://imageshack.us:c9f0c][/url:c9f0c]
West elevation:
[url=http://imageshack.us:c9f0c][/url:c9f0c]

The broken lines around the top of the buildings represent the height of the originally approved building that was axed.

#31 gumgum

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 08:42 AM

Here's the landscape plan for the entire project. Notice the two seperated parking lots right next to each other. What's that all about? I'd open it up as one and close the car access from Sutlej.
[url=http://imageshack.us:4d91a][/url:4d91a]

#32 gumgum

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 08:52 AM

Here's where we finally can answer the question: What the hell is going on with Food Country???
[url=http://imageshack.us:f9ca3][/url:f9ca3]
South elevation. (from Oliphant)
[url=http://imageshack.us:f9ca3][/url:f9ca3]
East elevation (Cook St)
[url=http://imageshack.us:f9ca3][/url:f9ca3]
Food Country site plan:
[url=http://imageshack.us:f9ca3][/url:f9ca3]

Food Country conclusion: It's staying. An addition is being added the the store on the south side, or another separate retail space is being added.

#33 Mike K.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 08:57 AM

Wow, very nice.

Thanks gumgum. And what's with the bright yellow in the west elevation? Yeesh...

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#34 gumgum

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 08:57 AM

It is truly rediculous that no residential is being added on the Food Country side. Why is this? Why wouldn't Armadon at least try?

#35 gumgum

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 08:59 AM

Wow, very nice.

Thanks gumgum. And what's with the bright yellow in the west elevation? Yeesh...

I wonder if that's yellow paint or stained wood.??

#36 Mike K.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 09:01 AM

It might be the case that he'll propose residential in a little while once the dust settles around this fiasco. I'm sure the foundation and structural properties of FC will handle an extra floor.

Stained wood, hey? That's a good call.

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#37 G-Man

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 09:02 AM

Not worth the legal retainer fees.

This will be an awesome project though. i am very glad Food Country is staying and hopefully getting bigger! Also losing that side parking lot is a great idea.

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#38 gumgum

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 09:03 AM

Oh, and this rendering, on the corner of Sutlej and Cook is still as it is. This section called "Bohemia" will be build as you see it here:
[url=http://imageshack.us:0c319][/url:0c319]

#39 gumgum

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 09:04 AM

I don't know if it's stained wood or not. Wishful thinking.

#40 Oxford Sutherland

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 03:10 PM

Wood is good :tup:

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