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#1 Rob Randall

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 01:03 AM

Courtney Street parking lot offered for sale

By Robert Randall • Published on Thursday, November 18, 2010

One of the last empty lots available for development in the Downtown core has been placed on the market for $2.2 million.

Bookended by Douglas and Blanshard Streets, 727/733 Courtney Street lies nestled between The Falls condo and the Chateau Victoria hotel. It is comprised of one-and-a-half lots totaling over 10,000 square feet and is currently operated as a Robbins parking lot generating approximately $22,000 net annual profit.


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#2 Bob Fugger

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 06:31 AM

*sigh* Time to mourn another loss of one of our heritage parking lots. When will we ever learn!?

#3 Rob Randall

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 08:39 AM

I did a short piece on the endangered species we call Robbins Parking spaces here.

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#4 Phil McAvity

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 09:56 AM

I think it would be cool if someone bought the lot and built a house on it.

No one would expect that.
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#5 yodsaker

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 10:39 AM

Less Robbins can't be all bad.

#6 Rob Randall

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 11:53 AM

I think it would be cool if someone bought the lot and built a house on it.

No one would expect that.


It is zoned office so a rezoning to sfd residential would be needed but a rezoning would probably be required anyway so why not? It would be funny indeed. For a rich person, a nice house in an great urban area on a $2.2 m lot is small change.

Council would demand ground floor retail but it could be like a large one-unit condo with a commercial first floor. I would like to see how a creative architect would respond to this.

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#7 Mike K.

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 12:50 PM

D'ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism once had a concept rendering on their website. I believe the zoning is for a building of ~7-storeys.

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#8 manuel

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 07:45 PM

doesn't 2.2 M seem low for the property?
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#9 Baro

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 07:02 AM

Or hell, why not a 8 story building with a flat roof and a totally SFH looking house on the top, that would be cute. Have the whole roof look exactly like a residential lot. Could even have a white picket fence and some backyard chickens. If I was ever a super rich developer I'd absolutely do that for my home. Rooftops are such neglected real estate in most cities.
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#10 concorde

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 10:30 PM

doesn't 2.2 M seem low for the property?


$/sf is high, around $1.5 mil is reasonable

#11 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 04:36 PM

This lot has sold (according to the sign on the site).

#12 sebberry

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 05:32 PM

Or hell, why not a 8 story building with a flat roof and a totally SFH looking house on the top, that would be cute. Have the whole roof look exactly like a residential lot. Could even have a white picket fence and some backyard chickens. If I was ever a super rich developer I'd absolutely do that for my home. Rooftops are such neglected real estate in most cities.


How would you park your car in your living room then? :confused:

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 12:57 PM

A Development Permit application came in April 19th for these two lots, but I can't find any details other than that it's a 2 storey building. Seriously, folks.



#14 Mattjvd

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 01:00 PM

A Development Permit application came in April 19th for these two lots, but I can't find any details other than that it's a 2 storey building. Seriously, folks.

Our zoning should have density minimums in the downtown core.


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#15 Nparker

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 01:01 PM

A terribly wasted opportunity.

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The city should reject it (although I doubt they can).



#16 m3m

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 01:02 PM

The folks at the falls will be happy.  



#17 Rob Randall

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 01:31 PM

A Development Permit application came in April 19th for these two lots, but I can't find any details other than that it's a 2 storey building. Seriously, folks.

 

Didn't Westbank buy that lot from the widow of the local Budget owner? I don't know why someone would sit on this lot for ten years just to build a two storey building.


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#18 RFS

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 01:38 PM

How bizarre.  Hopefully it doesn't get built.  Unless its some kind of downtown format big box store?  Downtown Costco anyone?



#19 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 01:51 PM

This site could accommodate the YMCA...
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#20 manuel

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Posted 27 July 2018 - 11:25 PM

Two stories is enough for a nice SFH.
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