Nailed it. The taller towers will hopefully downplay this one. Unfortunately, the ground, retail level is terrible.The architectural design is not to like. Ground floor retail with sidewalks is the minimum expectations for a project such as this. The city's failings at creating urban centres around transit for suburban communities is not a means to give this project a thumbs up for doing the bare minimum, in my opinion. Ugly adds to the suburban stereotype that apartments and higher densities are for cheap people that steal and pillage. It's not a promoter for more TOD developments. This could have looked so much better with a few minor tweaks too.
Fortunately this one is only 12 floors and next to more pleasing, taller towers
One reason to care about a student focused apartment building in nowhere suburbia is that the developer isn't restricted to building this one building. They can reproduce this over and over and in neighbourhoods closer to home. Another reason to look beyond improving suburbia with additional density and less surface parking.its a student dorm off crowchild. its easily less offensive than 8-10 of the most conspicuous condo towers in the city center.
its like the womens world cup, if its a win great, if you lose who cares (with apologies to anyone who does care).
no retail in a value building in a suburban shopping mall i get, one floor podiums in locations like one and 500 that will be here in 60yrs when the city center population is 500k baffles me.