Second.At least it's something. That's really all I have to say about this one. Density boost with a shitty design and terrible retail accessibility. Or is there even retail?
However, I will say I am liking the continued effort to densify the 33rd Avenue Corridor.
True, but there is probably not much this development can do specifically to change the street characteristic. This site doesn't really have much of a chance to be successful as a walking street immediately in front due to it's role as a weird quasi-on ramp for Crowchild. To fix that - emblematic of Marda Loop's strange characteristic of being unusually car-oriented for a pedestrian-street neighbourhood - requires a few decades of ever-reducing parking minimums, increasing densities, and a far more aggressive pro-pedestrian stance from the transportation department. So not really something that a single development can solve. The density is good though.Second.
And there doesn't appear to be any retail space in the render. There is next to nothing across the street from it either. The real walking part of the street starts a block up as it is, and with this proposal it will surely remain that way.
Given the desire to turn 33 AV SW into a thriving high street and the current plans to install BRT stops at the west end of the Marda Loop business district, from a planning perspective it would actually make most sense to put the most of the density:I found this document on the Richmond/Knob Hill community association website: https://www.richmondknobhill.ca/downloads/161208-ML33 Appel Update.pdf
It doesn't sound too aggressive. My guess is they want to knock its height down to 4 storeys. As a Marda Loop resident, I think it's fine as is. Everyone in this community seems to want to turn 33rd into a thriving high street, but to do that you actually need lots of people living within walking distance of the street. Developments like this one are exactly what will turn 33rd into a busy pedestrian environment.
The community association would have liked this project to have been more consistent with the vision set out in the ARP, and by doing so set a better precedent for future Marda Loop developments, including:Welcome to Skyrise DougR! Thanks for the input on this one. It's nice to get feedback from someone who's been involved in the process. It's a good point about the density on 34th ave, I concur. What would like to see different for this proposal? I don't live in Marda Loop, I'm just curious.